Thor: Ragnarok Is A Strange Road Film?

One of the more interesting Marvel universe films coming up is Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third film in the series which is forgoing the trappings of the previous two entries to do a mostly outer space set-story featuring both Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk.

Speaking about the film with Empire this week, actor Mark Ruffalo likened the film to an ‘odd-couple road movie’ albeit one across the various Nine Realms:

“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with [Charles] Grodin and [Robert] De Niro. I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner…. It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading… It’s not where you’d think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.”

Ruffalo confirms he hasn’t yet read the script, which brought on a new writer in the form of Stephany Folsom last month, but says this is what is being talked about in early discussions. His chemistry with his co-star is also going to be a big part of the appeal:

“I love Chris [Hemsworth], and it’s not an accident that we’ve been put together because we have a good time together and we goof off. The fact that we’re moving towards the smart-comedic bent plays into our relationship. [Am I looking forward to that?] Hells, yeah.”

Ruffalo adds that filming will take place in Sydney, Australia – NOT the Gold Coast studios as previously had been reported.

MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

Meanwhile, Geek.com has posted up a report which claims that the film will clear up the fate of Anthony Hopkins’ Odin at the end of the previous film – “Thor: The Dark World”.

When we last saw him, the ruler of Asgard had been replaced by Loki in disguise as his adopted father – but it wasn’t clear what happened to the real Odin. This site claims in the new film we’ll learn that: “Odin has fled Asgard for Midgard, where he wanders the Earth as one of those crazy-looking ‘the end is nigh’ street-corner hobos, warning of the impending apocalypse.”

An amusing fate which would make for good comedy. The film is slated for release October 27th 2017.