With production set to kick off on Thor: Ragnarok in Australia relatively soon, Marvel has already gone ahead and announced the main cast for the third Thor film, which included newbies such as Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster. Within that press release, Marvel also officially confirmed what we’d all known for some time now, that Taika Waititi would be directing this latest Thor installment, and that Tom Hiddleston would finally make his return as Loki – a character we haven’t seen on screen since Thor: The Dark World. Yet, while it may seem as though we’ve been hearing a lot about this film over the past six months, thanks to Mark Ruffalo teasing the Hulk’s involvment in the film, (as well as Cate Blanchett‘s portrayal of Hela)m, there’s still plenty we don’t know about Ragnarok.
During a panel at the Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con, Thor stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston talked about the upcoming film, and what they were most excited about while carefully trying to sidestep any possible spoilers. As mentioned above, while Hemsworth’s Thor has appeared since Thor: The Dark World, we haven’t seen Hiddleston on screen as Loki since then. When asked what we can expect from his character’s return in Ragnarok, the actor went on to say that he’s, first and foremost, happy to be playing the beloved character again.
“That’s a great question. I’m so, I have to say, I haven’t said, I’m so excited to be playing him again. I haven’t played him, I really haven’t played him properly since the end of 2012. I know Thor: The Dark World came out in 2013, but the last time I put the suit on was in 2012 if you exclude San Diego Comic Con. I don’t know if you would include that or not but uh”.
Of course, with such a long gap between Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, Hiddleston is most excited to see what has changed with his character.
“Um, so what I’m interested in really is how his attitudes have changed. While Thor was away with his buddies fighting a computer, and uh, I’ll think you’ll see it’s, there is all sorts of interesting things. I’m four yeas older and Chris is four years older and there will just be new things we find in it. The most exciting thing about him is that he is always a trickster. It is trying to find new ways for him to be mischievous, because I love doing that, and I hope you guys love within that.”
Hiddleston also teased a reunion between the Hulk (Ruffalo), who will be making his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe outside of an Avengers film here*, and Loki – two characters that don’t exactly have a great past together.
“And lets not forget that its no secret that um, that the Hulk shows up in Ragnarok, and um, the last time Loki and Hulk were in the same room didn’t go very well for Loki so, he’s got a few chips on his shoulder, but um, yeah, it’s fun, you’ll see.”
As for Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, the actor didn’t have as much to say as Hiddleston did, but he did tease the tone of the film, revealing that there’s a big shift in this film, something that should please fans. After all, while the Thor movies are far from terrible, they are often referred to as the weakest films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A big shift in tone is something that the franchise could definitely benefit from, and Hemsworth seems excited to be working with Waititi on the upcoming film.
“Man, it is a lot of fun. I think tonally it’s a big shift in a great way, more than anything we’ve seen before. Um, Taika Waititi, the director, if you know any of his work, yeah, he’s just an incredible sort of comedic talent, um, a lot of heart in everything he does, um, but you know there’s a, it’s a very different Thor, it’s a different Loki, I think there’s a, we go off on another world that we haven’t experienced before. It’s fun you know, uh, but that’s me skirting around the issue because I can’t say too much.”
Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit movie theaters on November 3rd, 2017. For all things Ragnarok, be sure to follow along here. And be sure to stay tuned as we’re hard at work on MCU Profiles for the new characters set to be introduced in Ragnarok!
Again, this is Ruffalo’s Hulk I’m referencing, and no, *Iron Man 3 doesn’t count as it was simply a post credit scene.