After the Thor: Ragnarok trailer took the internet by storm, all eyes have been watching the project every so closely.
Director Taika Waititi has confirmed he will have a role in the film and will be portraying Korg from the Planet Hulk storyline. Also from the Planet Hulk storyline is the character of Miek, who will be a close ally to Korg and Thor. Korg’s species was first shown in Thor: the Dark World as the rock monster Thor destroyed with a single swing of his hammer.
It is common knowledge that Thor: Ragnarok is a Marvel Studios adaptation of the Planet Hulk storyline. Universal still owns distribution rights to Hulk films so that is one reason why this isn’t a Hulk film. Skaar, the planet Hulk crashed landed on, is where Thor finds himself. The Grandmaster runs it similar to the Red King from the comics. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is standing in for Caiera as the Grand Master’s enforcer.
With Thor standing in for Hulk, what role does Hulk stand in for? The Silver Surfer. Hulk in the film fills the similar all-powerful champion that the Surfer did that Thor will have to fight. Hulk and Thor will team up and along with the other gladiators escape their captors.
Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.
Of all the films, it was Black Panther that got the most attention.
Director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) wants to bring a different look to not just the MCU but superhero films in general. Marvel movies typically are shot, composed, and edited by the same in-house people among numerous films. Coogler has shaken things up. American Crime Story writer Joe Robert Cole was brought on as cowriter. Frequent Childish Gambino collaborator Ludwig Göransson will compose the score.
Additionally cinematographer Rachel Morrison will be the first woman to shoot a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Footage was shown of Lupita Nyong’o’s character Nakia silently killing a number of soldiers. The second piece of footage featured T’Challa’s Black Panther’s coronation sequence. Heavily featured were his bodyguards, Dora Milaje, dressed in some beautifully stunning costumes by two-time Academy Award nominee Ruth E Carter. The next scene shown took place in a casino in Korea where Klaw (Andy Serkis) enters with eight men and talks to Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) before a shootout occurs between the two men.
The big takeaway though was the description of Wakanda. An image of what a modern African culture would look like had colonist had not exploited it. A blending of high-tech futurism with beautiful calming nature. A land where technology can enhance nature instead of forcibly taking its gifts. Think Disney’s Tomorrowland meets the Adventureland.
A trailer for Black Panther is expected to hit around summer of 2017. Just in time to tie in with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming or for San Diego Comic-Con, which Marvel confirmed it would have a presence this year.
Black Panther arrives in theaters on February 6, 2018.