If you’re going to handle a cataclysmic, world-ending event, you might as well do it in style, right? Perhaps, that’s what Marvel’s stylists had in mind for the highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok. Entertainment Weekly magazine has revealed a first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming film. And the titular character played by Chris Hemsworth is looking a little different.
On the magazine’s cover, gone are Thor’s long, golden locks of hair. The haircut is an unexpected change. Sure, characters get hairstyle changes all the time – just look at Black Widow – but Thor’s long hair has come to be iconic. From comics to cartoons to the big screen, those locks have become as much a part of the God of Thunder’s get-up as his mighty hammer, Mjolnir…
… which is also apparently absent on the cover photo. Thor has apparently dropped his hammer in favor of a pair of swords. What’s happening?
Ragnarok Going Vintage
If there’s one particular image we’ve been getting from Thor: Ragnarok so far, it’s that the film is going a little old school. It all started when the first logo of the film was revealed, which featured old-school font and colors reminiscent of the earlier comic books.
Now, looking at Entertainment’s Weekly’s photos, we can see that the costumes are getting the vintage treatment as well. Thor himself ditches his magnificent scale armor for an older-looking get-up. His trusty hammer’s conspicuous absence is, in fact, related to the plot.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 8, 2017
His fellow cover stars look like they jumped straight out of the 80’s as well, and we mean that as a compliment. Cate Blanchett looks positively villainous in a green and black body suit, which looks like it could’ve been inspired by mortal Kombat. Some dark make-up completes the look she’ll be pulling off as Hela, ruler of Hel and Niflheim.
Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson is clad in purple, looking like a cross between an Asgardian warrior, and an old-school ninja. It must be the knotted hair and sheathed sword. She’ll be playing Valkyrie, based on the Norse Mythological figure Brynhildr.
Let’s not ignore Jeff Goldblum’s genie-like look as Grandmaster, or fan favorite Tom Hiddleston as a cape-wearing Loki.
The End Of The World?
Thor: Ragnarok is expected to be a significant set piece in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War.
The premise reads, “Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe 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.”
So, we’ll be able to expect the Mark Ruffalo making his way back as Bruce Banner as well. Expect we’ll see a few scenes on Earth too, once Thor manages to find his way back to our side of the universe. The mid-credits scene of Dr. Strange revealed that Thor and Loki were on Earth, searching for the All Father Odin. Perhaps, only Odin will be capable of stopping Hela?
We’ll find out when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on Oct. 26, 2017.