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Marvel finally confirms a strong cast of new characters for Thor: Ragnarok

05.20.2016

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The time for speculation is over. Marvel Studios has finally come out and confirmed a few details they've been keeping under wraps for THOR: RAGNAROK, mostly concerning who is officially a part of the sequel's cast and what roles they'll be playing. 

Cate Blanchett, who we've all known about for awhile, is definitely going to be playing Hela, another tidbit we've been hearing on for some time. But then the layers of the onion start getting peeled back. Tessa Thompson's role, which was originally described as "a kind of superhero" has finally been revealed to be that of Valkyrie, the ally and one-time love interest of Thor who was chosen by Odin to lead the Valkyrior. She is matched only by Sif as far as Asgardian women are concerned, so add another bad-ass to the fray in her character.

Jeff Goldblum will also be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in THOR 3, playing the Grandmaster. He is one of the ageless Elders of the Universe and a cosmic game player who gets his kicks pitting two sides against each other and watching the fallout. He also, at one time, possessed the Mind Infinity Stone before losing it to Thanos, so perhaps that may be one of film's larger connections to where the MCU goes next, heading towards the films formerly known as INFINITY WAR - PARTs ONE and TWO. 

Then we also have Karl Urban signing up in order to play Skurge the Executioner. Skurge is an interesting character because, while acting as a nemesis to Thor as one of the original Masters of Evil, he was often used by Enchantress and Loki in their schemes. His love of Enchantress had a big part in that situation. However, at one point, he did join up with the heroic side of the coin and sacrificed his double-bladed battle axe in order to delay Ragnarok in the comics. Hmmm... this THOR sequel is called RAGNAROK, isn't it? Maybe that means... Well, draw your own conclusions. 

In addition, Mark Ruffalo has been confirmed to be a part of THOR: RAGNAROK, answering the question of where the Hulk/Bruce Banner will pop up next. If you want answers as to how he may be showing up, I suggest backtracking a bit to get an idea of what the plans may be. 

High praise came in from Kevin Feige, of course, about the cast they've put together for this film... and who can blame him? On paper, it certainly does look fantastic. 

The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet. The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.

The THOR films are often overlooked in the grand scheme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (probably because THE DARK WORLD isn't very good), but Marvel certainly is making a major effort to make THOR: RAGNAROK count in a major way in where Phase Three is going.

THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.  

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Source: Marvel.com

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5:07PM on 05/22/2016

Jef Goldblum - Ageless Elder of the Universe

No argument there!
No argument there!
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2:04PM on 05/22/2016
So hulk and Thor fight each other for goldblums pleasure?
So hulk and Thor fight each other for goldblums pleasure?
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1:11PM on 05/22/2016
That's an amazing cast, now Marvel just need to tone down the humor and make Thor the badass God like he was meant to be and we're good to go...
That's an amazing cast, now Marvel just need to tone down the humor and make Thor the badass God like he was meant to be and we're good to go...
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1:17PM on 05/21/2016
I still dont understand the hate for part 2, yet the first Thor was AWFUL. Bad acting, NO fights(the frost giants or whatever they were fight was ok at best)....i mean the end fight was one of the lamest fights ever.....and that bad guy was lame as hell. (big iron giant looking mofo). Dark World had better effects, and better story....AND the fights were pretty awesome to boot. Thor as a character is just lame anyways.
I still dont understand the hate for part 2, yet the first Thor was AWFUL. Bad acting, NO fights(the frost giants or whatever they were fight was ok at best)....i mean the end fight was one of the lamest fights ever.....and that bad guy was lame as hell. (big iron giant looking mofo). Dark World had better effects, and better story....AND the fights were pretty awesome to boot. Thor as a character is just lame anyways.
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12:38PM on 05/21/2016
Nice !
Nice !
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12:17PM on 05/21/2016

Dark World?

This is exciting news....Phase 3 is looking awesome!.....dark world not good??!! You are out of your mind with you nerd diva opinion.....Dark World was infinite better on every level compared to the first Thor, iron man 2 and 3, captain america first avenger, avengers age of ultron.....go back and watch it again.....jeez you guys a your one sided opinions.....quick to judge.....
This is exciting news....Phase 3 is looking awesome!.....dark world not good??!! You are out of your mind with you nerd diva opinion.....Dark World was infinite better on every level compared to the first Thor, iron man 2 and 3, captain america first avenger, avengers age of ultron.....go back and watch it again.....jeez you guys a your one sided opinions.....quick to judge.....
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2:24PM on 05/21/2016
One-sided opinion? You are free to feel whatever you like about THOR: THE DARK WORLD. No one is saying your wrong... You just feel differently than I.
One-sided opinion? You are free to feel whatever you like about THOR: THE DARK WORLD. No one is saying your wrong... You just feel differently than I.
8:23AM on 05/21/2016
Jeff Goldblum in a Marvel movie? Ticket sold!
Jeff Goldblum in a Marvel movie? Ticket sold!
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7:54AM on 05/21/2016
MCU's Thor Universe was always more SciFi than Mystic, so I'm curious HOW they will present Hela...
And STILL no Balder (his death is supposed to be the first step to Ragnarok !) in the MCU !
MCU's Thor Universe was always more SciFi than Mystic, so I'm curious HOW they will present Hela...
And STILL no Balder (his death is supposed to be the first step to Ragnarok !) in the MCU !
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9:04PM on 05/20/2016

Joygasms

Best news I've had all week! Jeff Goldblum is gold in everything, and I championed Urban for Batman, but since that didn't happen I've had fingers crossed Marvel would get hold of him.

So happy!

Best news I've had all week! Jeff Goldblum is gold in everything, and I championed Urban for Batman, but since that didn't happen I've had fingers crossed Marvel would get hold of him.

So happy!

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8:18PM on 05/20/2016

You had me at Jeff Goldblum

I was already excited based on the concept alone, but with this official cast, I'm stoked. Please Marvel, have Thanos fall in love with Hela if you don't introduce Death as a character, and have the Grandmaster interact for Thanos that way we get some exposition of the character outside of what we saw in GOTG.
I was already excited based on the concept alone, but with this official cast, I'm stoked. Please Marvel, have Thanos fall in love with Hela if you don't introduce Death as a character, and have the Grandmaster interact for Thanos that way we get some exposition of the character outside of what we saw in GOTG.
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7:54PM on 05/20/2016
Jeff Goldblum.... Sold... Take my money now.
Jeff Goldblum.... Sold... Take my money now.
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5:27PM on 05/20/2016

So is Hela pretty much taking Enchantress' spot?

I'm pretty familiar with the comics so I get that they're different characters and that Hela fits into this story in a pretty natural way, but Enchantress and Executioner are often a packaged deal and Enchantress is one of the biggest Thor villains that we've yet to see on film. Since "Suicide Squad" is including DC's Enchantress who is pretty dang similar to Marvel's, I'm wondering if they're just going to use Hela instead in order to avoid looking like copy cats?
I'm pretty familiar with the comics so I get that they're different characters and that Hela fits into this story in a pretty natural way, but Enchantress and Executioner are often a packaged deal and Enchantress is one of the biggest Thor villains that we've yet to see on film. Since "Suicide Squad" is including DC's Enchantress who is pretty dang similar to Marvel's, I'm wondering if they're just going to use Hela instead in order to avoid looking like copy cats?
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4:14PM on 05/20/2016

Wow

Great line up, loving Urban as the executioner. This sounds like a proper follow up for the franchise.
Great line up, loving Urban as the executioner. This sounds like a proper follow up for the franchise.
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4:10PM on 05/20/2016
I hope this movie blows Thor 2 out of the water.
I hope this movie blows Thor 2 out of the water.
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4:02PM on 05/20/2016
Jeft Goldblum AND Karl Urban along with the addition of Ruffalo as Banner/Hulk. Holy Shit am I excited for this!!
Jeft Goldblum AND Karl Urban along with the addition of Ruffalo as Banner/Hulk. Holy Shit am I excited for this!!
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3:58PM on 05/20/2016
Karl Urban? Dayum son.
Karl Urban? Dayum son.
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3:31PM on 05/20/2016

Enchantress?

Did I miss it or have that not named an Enchantress yet? Has to be a mega babe.
Did I miss it or have that not named an Enchantress yet? Has to be a mega babe.
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