Marvel has released a new photo and official synopsis from the upcoming THOR: RAGNAROK, the third film in the Thor series and the 17th under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner. The photo depicts director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) alongside star Chris Hemsworth.
“In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!”
It’s interesting to note that the summary explicitly references a clash of the titans between Thor and Hulk, incorporating elements of the long-rumoured Planet Hulk arc making its way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s not specific mention of Benedict Cumberbatch, but patient viewers of Doctor Strange will know his appearance has been telegraphed, and was indeed confirmed by the studio this month.
Shot in Queensland, the film also stars Tom Hiddleston, reprising his role as Loki, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. It is released on 26 October 2017 in Australia, and 3 November 2017 in the US, from Disney.