We have added some scans from the magazine Thor: Ragnarok – The Official Movie Special in the gallery and also we have also updated the concept art section. Enjoy!
Thor: Ragnarok is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 6th. Yesterday, Marvel released the entire list of special features that will be available in the film’s DVD and Blu-Ray version. Also the film’s gag reel has made its way online. There is a funny footage of Cate as Hela. Take a look!
In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) 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 home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more.
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Deleted/Extended Scenes – Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
Gag Reel – Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast
Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
Unstoppable Women: Hela (Cate Blanchett) & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
Additional Deleted Scenes – Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole
Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), Australia’s premiere visual effects studio, produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Their site released a teaser about the work done for this film featuring some BTS images. The full Thor: Ragnarok VFX breakdown will be released online soon! Enjoy the images and the video!
Rising Sun Pictures Hammers Out Visual Effects for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok
Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), Australia’s premiere visual effects studio, produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Working under the supervision of Director Taika Waititi, production Visual Effects Supervisor Jake Morrison and production Visual Effects Producer Cyndi Ochs, RSP’s team spent more than 18 months helping to craft some of the film’s most memorable, creative and technically challenging scenes.
Highlights of RSP’s contributions include a sequence dubbed “Val’s Flashback” involving a furious battle between the film’s villain, Hela (Cate Blanchett), and an army of Valkyrie. The team also played a key role in “The Palace Battle”, an epic confrontation between Hela and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and in reimagining the Bifröst Bridge, a magical rainbow that links realms of the Norse cosmos. The project is especially noteworthy for the standout work of RSP’s expanded character animation department, who were tasked with creating photo-real horses, Valkyrie and skeleton soldiers, as well as other digital characters.
“We were honoured to be selected by Marvel Studios as a vendor on this film, and proud of the work that we delivered,” says Managing Director Tony Clark. “We have been systematically growing our human and technical resources, especially in character animation, to tackle complex, large-scale projects, while maintaining the artistry, craftsmanship and attention to detail that are hallmarks of RSP. The results are evident in Thor: Ragnarok.” Nearly 200 artists took part in the project for RSP.
Val’s Flashback, which plays out in artful slow motion under glittering light, describes a fatal encounter between Valkyrie warriors and Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death. The female warriors, riding winged steeds, emerge from portals in the sky only to be mercilessly struck down by Hela using her magical powers.
Led by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Tom Wood, the RSP team began working on the scene in early 2016 during pre-production. Artists prepared 3D pre-visualisation encompassing every element of the sequence to serve as a guide for subsequent production and post.
Production was conducted on a soundstage in Queensland. Slow motion effects were achieved by capturing actor performances via a Phantom camera operating at 900 fps. The imagery was given a further surreal cast through the use of a rotating lighting system that bathed the scene in undulating patterns of light and shadow.
RSP On-Set Visual Effects, Concept and Pre-Vis Supervisor Adam Paschke headed an on-set team that gathered practical data and provided technical advice during the shoot. Production was followed by months of character animation, visual effects, 3D, matte painting and compositing at RSP’s Adelaide studio to produce the finished scenes.
RSP was a natural choice for the flashback scene due to its considerable expertise in slow motion visual effects. For the films X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, the studio provided the visual effects magic for several scenes demonstrating the hyper-speed abilities of the mutant Quicksilver. Thor: Ragnarok, however, takes slow motion into a new, and technically challenging, direction. “Taika and Jake conceived a fantastic scene,” notes Wood. “We pre-visualised their concept, attended the shoot and, as soon as editing was complete, went straight into production. The pre-vis broke the sequence into multiple layers, each of which was shot separately, and reassembled bit by bit in post.”
“The flashback sequence involved high-level creature animation and digital characters, as well as very detailed compositing, due to the unusual lighting effects,” adds Visual Effects Executive Producer Gill Howe. “It was also a challenge because it was a standalone piece, and a significant scene in the movie. It had to be unique, different, and something that had never been done before.”
Considerable attention went into the creation of the Valkyrie and horses. Often revealed in close up, the animated characters had to be photo-real. “We spent a lot of time in look development, making sure that their fur and feathers were right, and that the muscle system moved like a real horse,” explains Head of Creatures Tim Mackintosh. “If they had been monsters, we would have had more leeway, because monsters aren’t real, but everyone is familiar with horses. Although these were mythical, winged horses, audience members will have an idea for how they should look and move.”
RSP also took great care in preparing Hela’s accoutrements, including her cape, the cowl she wears on her head, and her menacing antlers. Artists initially developed concepts for Hela’s costume for a trailer that screened at Comic Con in 2016 but continued to refine the look through later stages of production. “It was quite tricky,” recalls Head of Lighting/Look Development Shane Aherne. “We needed to remain consistent with the assets’ practical counterparts and with their representations in the original Marvel comics. But we also needed to accommodate Cate Blanchett’s performance and the action of the scene.”
RSP utilised digital characters to perform actions impossible for a human or to facilitate integration into the scene. This was especially important for characters that exhibited magical powers or super-human strength. In most instances, the character’s motion was derived from motion capture data from the actor. “Motion capture will get you 90 percent of the way there, but the rest has to be sculpted to the CG character,” notes Mackintosh. “It’s a labour-intensive process and one that requires artists with a lot of different skill sets.”
The Palace Fight depicts a confrontation between Hela and Thor that plays out over some 60 shots. Although live action elements were shot on a practical set, the production ultimately chose to have the entire background replaced with a 3D environment created by RSP. “We produced a palace that was much bigger and with a higher ceiling than was possible on any stage.” explains Wood. “It was more spread out and more opulent.”
In the finished scene, Thor is the only non-digital element. “Replacing the background in its entirety created its own challenges,” observes 2D Lead Jess Burnheim. “It meant that we had to extract Chris Hemsworth from the plate with no blue screen. We literally rotoscoped everything, including his hair. It was painstaking work.”
The Bifröst Bridge appears in another scene involving a pitched battle, this one pitting Hela against Thor and Loki. “The Bifröst has been seen in previous Marvel productions, but in Thor: Ragnarok it has a unique look because we’re inside it,” Burnheim explains. “We had old reference to work from, but we had to develop the effect further and create something that would work with the plate photography.”
“One thing that happens in the scene is that Thor is pushed into the side of the bridge and it shatters,” he adds. “That raised the question, what is it made of? Is it light? Is it physical? It took many iterations to get it to feel right.”
RSP also contributed to a scene featuring Hela’s troop of skeleton soldiers, which again involved the use of digital characters. Additionally, artists created a 3D version of Thor’s famous hammer for a scene where it is crushed by Hela.
Despite the project’s complexity, lengthy schedule, and growing shot list, the work proceeded smoothly. Mackintosh attributes that to the unique structure of RSP’s production pipeline. Its integration of animation, character development and compositing facilitates collaboration between departments and allows the studio to turn out iterations and finished work fast.
“Animation and creatures are separate entities at many studios, but we’ve unified the departments in a single smooth pipeline,” Mackintosh says. “When working to deliver shots, there is always a lot of back and forth between the teams, and we feel it’s vital to keep them working together.”
Howe notes that the cohesiveness of the RSP team (most senior artists have been with the studio for years) also promotes efficiency and delivers cost savings.
“As always, we gave our all to ensure that everything we delivered was spectacular and exceeded expectations,” says Howe. “The results are a testament to the dedication and creativity of our artists, and the strength of our pipeline in managing photoreal creature animation; complex, interactive lighting and look development. It’s a big step forward for RSP.”
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She’s an Oscar-winning actress best known for her serious dramatic turns in The Aviator, Blue Jasmine and Carol. But Australian actress Cate Blanchett isn’t above a little superhero silliness – especially when it’s helmed by Kiwi wiseguy Taika Waititi.
Q: How did Marvel woo you into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
A: I got a call from my agent who said that Kevin Feige wanted to send me a package. I was trying to play cool but I was so excited because you don’t get offered these things very often. Then after doing a little bit of research, I realised that there hadn’t yet been a female villainess in one of the Marvel movies before. I felt the role could be really exciting.
Q: Taika Waititi made a trip to visit you, didn’t he?
A: Yes, he did and it was great. The minute you meet him you just think, “I’ll do anything for you.” I just absolutely loved him and all of his drawings. It took me a long time to realise that a lot of the doodles I’d been seeing around the office and on Skype were actually his. His films have so much heart in them, so I was extremely excited to work with him.
Q: What do you like about his style?
A: What’s great about Taika is his humour; it’s so particular and unique and quirky. But there’s just this natural buoyancy with the way that he thinks. He has a little irreverence.
With Taika, I think it’s probably the happiest film set I have ever been on. It’s so free and playful. There’s a sense that there’s no judgement. You feel like he’s really gathered everyone into the same boat.
Q: How is it working with Chris Hemsworth?
A: People assume because we’re Australian, and a relatively small company of actors often working abroad, that we all know one another. But I had never met Chris. We’ve got friends in common but I’d never met him. I don’t know if I have got any particular anecdotes except that I’ve never met a more generous, ego-less performer than Chris.
He’s incredible to work with. He holds this whole behemoth together. Like a lot of us are riding on his shoulders and what shoulders they are. I mean he can carry us. But he’s so easy.
Q: Is this the most physical role you’ve ever taken on?
A: I think so. I’m pretty physical when I’m on stage. Indiana Jones was quite physical. But in terms of hand-to-hand combat, this definitely wins. And that’s been part of what I’ve relished actually. And I enjoyed working with Zoe Bell, who is the most extraordinary stuntperson and also a wonderful actor.
We had this sort of really symbiotic relationship. She’s been very generous and clear and such an incredible teacher, showing me how to mime better. But also to say that this moment leads here and that there’s an opportunity if you wanted to do something in here. It’s not looking at a fight in a traditional way, which is a series of punches and kicks and knocking someone to the ground. There’s a psychology in it, which has been really fun to play with. I’ve loved it. Some of the happiest times on this film for me have been beating people up. I’ve really enjoyed it. I was like, oh, I don’t have to speak today. I can just throw axes into someone’s gut and decapitate that person there. So, it’s been good.
Q: How much fun has it been to play a demoness?
A: I’ve had incredible fun playing with Hela because I think her capabilities are so surprising and so unusual. She’s not simply sinister. She also sometimes doesn’t want to kill people. There’s a bit of mischief in there and playfulness. And certainly, under Taika’s tutelage that comes out. I hope audiences are in for a roller coaster ride with Hela.
via NZ Herald
Artwork by Craig Drake
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Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugo Weaving, Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Robert Redford… On s’arrête là ? Avec Thor : Ragnarok, Cate Blanchett rejoint la longue liste des grands acteurs et actrices qui peuplent les films Marvel Studios. L’année dernière, en compagnie de quelques autres confrères, Première a pu rencontrer sur le tournage celle qui incarne, Hela, la déesse de la mort.
Qu’est-ce qu’une actrice oscarisée comme vous venait chercher sur un film Marvel Studios ?
Comme j’ai beaucoup travaillé au théâtre, j’ai un certain sens de l’événementiel. Et tous ces films sont des événements, je trouve ça très excitant. Ce qui plaît spécifiquement chez Marvel, c’est cette ironie. Ils se prennent au sérieux et en même temps il y a beaucoup d’autodérision. Une énergie un peu irrévérencieuse. C’est subversif, selon moi. Enfin… Potentiellement.
Mais qu’est-ce qui vous attirait au-delà de ça ? L’action ?
Putain, j’ai adoré ça. J’ai vraiment adoré ça. C’était fantastique, parce que parfois j’étais si déconnectée de ce que je faisais que j’avais l’impression d’être dans un jeu vidéo. J’ai pris l’action comme une façon d’en dire plus sur le personnage, de dépasser le simple mouvement. Quand vous embrassez quelqu’un à l’écran, il y a un million de façons de le faire. Et j’ai découvert qu’il y a un million de façons de mettre un coup de poing à quelqu’un (rire).
Et donc vous voilà, la première méchante de l’univers Marvel.
Effectivement, ça n’était jamais arrivé. Enfin une méchante ! J’étais très excitée quand Kevin Feige (NDLR : le patron de Marvel Studios) m’a pitché le film, j’ai tout de suite senti qu’il y avait le potentiel pour faire quelque chose de nouveau. Hela n’est pas connue du grand public et c’était l’opportunité de l’inventer au cinéma. C’est d’autant plus génial que Taika Waititi est le réalisateur. Un vrai marrant, mais également un type très irrévérencieux. Dans un film comme ça, il y a évidemment un scénario qui mène la danse, mais aussi beaucoup de temps pour les personnages entre chaque “grand” moment. Quand on travaille avec Taika et qu’on incarne une méchante, on peut jouer sur plein de nuances. Il régnait sur le tournage une ambiance très espiègle. Taika m’a impressionnée : on dirait qu’il ne ressent aucune pression malgré les enjeux énormes.
Ça vous étonne que Marvel commence tout juste à offrir ce genre de rôle à une femme ?
J’ai développé mon imaginaire autour de héros et d’anti-héros masculins. Mais à force, si c’est la seule option, on commence à s’ennuyer, les garçons comme les filles. S’il y a des femmes et des hommes, ça veut dire beaucoup plus de potentiel dramatique.
Vous avez potassé les comics et la mythologie nordique ?
Pas tellement la mythologie nordique mais je me suis plongée dans les comics. Je suis une actrice qui a besoin d’une référence visuelle pour incarner un personnage, peu importe le rôle. Mes gamins ont des anthologies DC et Marvel, avec les backstories des personnages, entre les années 30, 40, 50… On voit les super-héros évoluer, comme quand Captain America acquiert la capacité de résister aux effets de l’alcool (rire).
Avez-vous eu votre mot à dire sur l’aspect visuel de Hela ?
Je savais qu’il y avait beaucoup de marge de manoeuvre. Les illustrateurs avaient tous leur propre idée de ce à quoi elle devait ressembler. Il y avait quelques version d’Hela où elle ne portait pas grand-chose… On était carrément du côté Playboy, là ! Avec la maquilleuse, on a longuement échangé avec les gens des effets spéciaux pour trouver “notre” Hela.
Comment avez-vous appréhendé la motion capture ?
J’en avais déjà fait un peu par le passé. Andy Serkis a été un pionnier extraordinaire de cette technologie, sa performance est toujours visible entre les images de synthèse. Certaines personnes parlent des effets spéciaux et visuels comme s’ils étaient séparés du jeu d’acteur. Mais en fait c’est exactement comme de collaborer avec une doublure sur des scènes d’action. Le but, c’est de créer un personnage. C’est une discussion permanente avec les gens des effets spéciaux : parfois je fais quelque chose qui les inspire, et parfois c’est dans l’autre sens. C’est très collaboratif. C’est fini le temps où on jouait face à une balle de tennis sur un fond bleu. Le processus a beaucoup évolué et Taika insiste pour que les choses soient le plus réaliste possible. Je n’ai pas besoin de faire semblant, tout est là, dans le décor. C’est la synthèse parfaite entre ce que vous pouvez voir et ce que le réalisateur imagine. Un truc hybride.
SFX – December 2017
In the ultimate example of stars being just like us, Karl Urban — Eomer in the Lord of the Rings films and Bones in the Star Trek movies — is just as amazed by actual goddess and Thor: Ragnarok costar Cate Blanchett as we all are.
And given that we’re completely obsessed, that’s saying a lot.
In fact, Blanchett — along with director Taika Waititi and the emotionally compelling script — was a major draw for Urban when signing on for Thor: Ragnarok, in which he plays Skurge, the Executioner, opposite Blanchett’s Hela, Goddess of Death.
“She was one of the main reasons that I decided to do this film,” Urban told HelloGiggles. “Practically all of my scenes were with her, and I just have so much love and respect for Cate and her professionalism, how she approaches the role.
“Just being part of the conversation leading up to it, discussing the characters and how they interacted and what their purpose was, it was just a wonderful process.”
You’d think working with a talent as great as Blanchett in such a twisted role could be a little intimidating.
I mean, even Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, basically said as much. But for Urban, it was quite the contrary.
“No, she’s lovely. I wasn’t intimidated at all,” he explained. That said, he did welcome a, um, return to her brighter look by production’s end. “I must say, it was wonderful to finally see her with blonde hair, as she had this black wig on the entire time. Literally, every time I’d see her for the entire six weeks we were shooting, she was in that character, in that mode.”
But that doesn’t mean that Urban and Blanchett didn’t bro out in between takes.
* You read that right, CATE BLANCHETT BROS OUT *
Marvel productions tend to bring out bromances (Science Bros, anyone?), and Urban explained that Thor: Ragnarok was no exception. “My bromance [on set] was with Cate. We had so much fun,” he said. And added that it was also a pleasure to work with Waititi, who kept a very fluid and creative set, with music constantly playing. “It seemed like the most un-work work environment that I’ve ever experienced.”
As for Blanchett’s character, Hela is Marvel’s first female villain and she’s as badass as they come — and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is equally kickass. Urban said of both, “There is great strength in both of their characters. Both of them have a wonderful swagger, they’re both strong, independent individuals, and I think that they just simply made the film better.”
via Hello Giggles
New HQ South Korean Poster inspired by Gim Hong-do’s classical “Sangbak” painting from the late 1700s.
New Artwork and Exhibition
Hero Complex Gallery and Fandango teamed up with Marvel Studios to celebrate Taika Waititi’s extravaganza, as forty artists helped to reforge Thor: Ragnarok into a beautiful art exhibition…
The exhibit is open at LA’s Hero Complex Gallery from October 20 through November 5, 11am-6pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. It’s free, but you’re encouraged to send an RSVP to info@HCGArt.com. For more information go to https://hcgart.com; also, some of the art will be available at the Fandango FanShop.
You can check out a few images from the exhibition down below:
On sale November 7 and available in US stores in both softcover and hardcover editions, Titan Publishing’s deluxe “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” will allow fans to go behind the scenes of Marvel Studios’ new far-out fantasy epic. Presenting unseen making-of photos, stunning concept art, secrets from the set, with star interviews including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo.
The book is available for pre order at Amazon
via Marvel News
New image posted by director Taika Waititi
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) October 6, 2017
Marvel has released a Chinese poster and trailer for Thor Ragnarok and it reveals some new footage from Hela.
Also, the full cover for the book The Art of Thor: Ragnarok
A new article with Chris Hemsworth commenting on Cate Blanchett’s perfomance as Hela.
Cate Blanchett is brilliant as Hela: Chris Hemsworth
Actor Chris Hemsworth has praised actress Cate Blanchett for giving an interesting twist to “Thor: Ragnarok”, saying she adds “insane off-kilter attitude” to the role of Hela, female villain.
“Cate Blanchett is just brilliant as Hela. She is one of the greatest actors that has ever been. I was so excited to see what she was going to do with Hela. I had ideas of what she might do but I was completely blindsided by the outcome. She just has this insane off-kilter attitude or look or kind of movement to her character,” Hemsworth said in a statement.
“At times you find yourself empathising with Hela and then you remember that she is slaughtering people and destroying everything. That kind of conflict within an audience makes for a far more interesting film and journey to watch,” he added.