One of the things that is most intriguing about Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is that a good portion of the film is inspired by the Planet Hulk storyline from the comics. Elements incorporated into the film includes the planet Sakaar, Hulk as a champion gladiator and a couple of familiar faces from the books. One of those familiar faces is Korg, a stone creature of the Kronan alien race who befriends Hulk in the original storyline (Thor in the film). The character already seems to be a big hit with the lucky fans in attendance at San Diego Comic Con 2017 this past weekend who got to see him in the footage that was screened.
While speaking to ComicBook.com at SDCC, director Taika Waititi revealed that Korg wasn’t originally going to have as big of a role as he ended up having in the final film. The director explained who the character of Korg is and how his role in the film grew:
“Thor meets him on Sakaar and he’s one of the gladiators. He becomes Thor’s mate. Originally, it only started off as a very small role — hey, it wasn’t me, I didn’t do it — but the role’s gotten bigger now.”
In the interview, Waititi joked that he “fell in love with the actor.” Of course, Waititi himself plays the role, both as the voice and motion-capture performer on set. The director also served as the on-set mo-cap performer for Surtur, the giant fire creature that Hulk can be seen lunging at in the final moments of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer which debuted at SDCC, and it was also revealed this weekend that character would be voiced by Clancy Brown.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Taika Waititi as Korg, Clancy Brown as Surtur, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Sam Neill in an undisclosed role. Here is the official synopsis:
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.