Yesterday you were warned that Thor: Ragnarok spoilers have been unearthed thanks to set photos from the cast’s public shoot in Brisbane, Australia, which has been dressed up to look like New York City (if you see the Statue of Liberty in the final movie, remember that it’s constructed almost entirely out of kangaroos).
Keeping secrets in a city filled with cameraphones is impossible, so Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi bit the bullet and posted character spoilers on Twitter themselves.
Today there’s no such nice spoiler warning—if you haven’t learned your lesson by now, that’s your own problem.
Anthony Hopkins, the world’s most famous pretend cannibal, has arrived on set for filming, and the photos are deliciously intriguing. Also on set in Brisbane’s fake New York, Hopkins is either dressed as a stinky hobo man, or simply hasn’t changed into his costume and is wearing his everyday street clothes.
So what’s going on here? The last time Marvel fans saw Hopkins’ Odin, he turned out to actually be Loki in disguise—the villainous trickster had usurped the Allfather’s throne, and the real Odin was nowhere to be seen.
Rumors had been circulating that in Thor Ragnarok, Odin has been cast down to Midgard (Earth) by Loki, in a way similar to how Thor was cast out in the first movie.
Unlike Thor, Odin hasn’t instantly fallen in with a group of roaming astrophysicists, and hasn’t successfully seduced any of the actors from the Star Wars prequel trilogy (there go our chances of seeing some much needed Hannibal Lecter/Emperor Palpatine slashfic). Instead, it seems that he’s been living as a “The End is Nigh” homeless man, prophesying the titular Ragnarok which is the end of the world for Asgardians.
This is an interesting direction for the movie to take, not least considering that almost this exact plot occurred in the Douglas Adams novel The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul (look it up if you haven’t already, and you’ll see how much Marvel have borrowed from the creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).
The first two Thor movies are among the most bland of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring no content that’s particularly stand-out. It’s clear that wherever Taika Waititi intends to go with this film, it’s going to be into some much needed new territory for the series.
These set photos also come alongside reports that Mark Mothersbaugh, founding member of the 1970s alternative rock band Devo, will be composing music for the movie. Mothersbaugh’s music has been heard in plenty of modern movies, such as Rushmore, The Lego Movie and Pitch Perfect 2, but it’s hard to think of a better fit for his particular brand of sci-fi inspired new wave weirdness than a movie about a handsome alien god with a giant magic hammer.
All that we’ve learned over the past few days prove two things conclusively—first, that it’s impossible to keep away from movie spoilers in the modern world, and second, that Thor Ragnarok is certainly going to be a more interesting movie than its two predecessors.
Whether or not that proves to be a good thing remains to be seen.