It was about a month ago that we first caught a glimpse of what the set for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok would look like, but as actors prepare to bring our favorite Asgardians back to the big screen, new images are showing us the nearly finished construction for what we’ll assume is the set for some portion of Asgard. This huge and open set shows once again the amount of practical effects we should see in the film, and it all looks pretty impressive. Obviously a lot of work will be done in post production to get the details just right, but with work nearly done on the set, we should start seeing characters in costume for filming, which we absolutely can’t wait for.
With the new set, however, comes a bit of controversy. According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, over 100 employees who were working on the set were given termination notices last week after expecting work through the October and November months. Australian Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk had the following to say regarding the issue.
What we have seen is that the stage for Thor has been completed and those jobs are finished. As the construction comes to an end, what we will see is more jobs when actors come in. I don’t have any concerns. I’m very satisfied.
Another crew member argued that employees of New Zealand descent, like the Director Taika Waititi, were given favor over locally-based employees.
There’s quite a lot of antagonism about how the New Zealand crew is being well looked after and seem to be in charge of a lot of main jobs. I came back from Europe for this job and was told I’d have at least six months’ work. I got a week’s notice and haven’t had time to organize work. I’ve got a mortgage and kids to feed. They’ve looked after their own and it’s the locals who have all suffered.
This likely won’t affect the movie as a whole, but it’s certainly a bit sad to see.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to debut in theaters on November 3, 2017.