‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Explains Why He Changed Crucial Mjolnir Scene

hela cate blanchett mjolnir thor ragnarok marvelOne of the most striking and memorable moments from the bits and pieces of footage that we’ve seen from the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok is easily the scene where Hela (Cate Blanchett) seemingly destroys Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) iconic weapon, Mjolnir.

However, it has been noted in the most recent trailers and television spots that there is a significant change in the environment for when Hela destroys Mjolnir as it seems to have changed from taking place in a New York City alleyway to something far more rustic.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi opened up (albeit humorously) on the decision to change the setting for when the God of Thunder’s weapon gets obliterated by the Goddess of Death:

“Here’s the thing, mate. Here’s the thing: Alleyways aren’t cool, and fields are cool, all right? Ask anyone. We originally shot some of that stuff in a setting that was set for New York, and what we wanted to do was to have them go down to Earth and they see Doctor Strange, but it felt too convenient that he was suddenly just down the road, in an alley, and also everything up until then had been so fast-paced and all over the place, we wanted to go somewhere peaceful and actually chill out with the characters, and be with Odin and pass this wisdom and stuff, and not have to hear stupid yellow cabs honking out the back.”

Waititi continued to explain that with Hela vanquishing Asgard, the homeworld of Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the upcoming film, he wanted to change the setting so that it packed more of an emotional punch and to convey just how dire things are for the film’s heroes:

“It just felt like a terrible environment to have a scene which could be very emotional for what happens with Odin and the boys, and the first time we’ve ever seen the three guys all together, and him telling them he loves them, and acknowledging Loki as his son. It was just very important for us to be in a kind of beautiful, peaceful environment.”

I can’t help but agree with Waititi’s eventual decision to change the setting for Mjolnir’s destruction as it will no doubt help amplify just how much a visual and kinetic feast this film will be for movie audiences.

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 gladictorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Directed by Taika Waititi, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson,  Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on November 3, 2017.

Source: Digital Spy

5 Reasons We’re Excited For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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Thor: RagnarokGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out on home media and Spider-Man: Homecoming has been playing in theaters for a while now, so it’s time to look forward to the next Marvel movies, the first being Thor: Ragnarok.

The trailer for the film is incredible. The vibe, the action, the set-design, the soundtrack, every element of the trailer screams, “This is a different kind of Thor movie.”

And that’s exactly what we need. Thor: The Dark World was the most easily forgettable Marvel sequel, only distinguishable from the original for its use of fan-favorite villain Loki. Thor: Ragnarok looks poised to switch up the formula, seeming more like a fun intergalactic romp than a brooding space epic.

Judging from the trailer and other positive buzz, there’s plenty of cause to be excited for Thor: Ragnarok. Here are the 5 reasons why. Click next to get started!

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