Entertainment Weekly gets a lot of flak for their generally terrible photography coverage of movies. They somehow manage to make the coolest costume designs and makeup effects look cheap or awkward. In the case of “Thor: Ragnarok” however, I’m not sure it’s the magazine’s fault.

EW has just released their latest issue, featuring the Marvel sequel on its cover. It’s a big scoop because it gives us our very first official look at the new costumes and characters. And in what is likely to be a majorly controversial choice, Thor is now sporting a short haircut! Frankly, I don’t think it works, as it just looks like Chris Hemsworth in some gladiator garb, rather than the Asgardian God of Thunder. He apparently isn’t even blonde anymore.

The mag also debuted shots of Jeff Goldblum as an eccentric character known as Grandmaster, and Cate Blanchett as main baddie Hela. While Blanchett looks pretty cool, Goldblum’s costume has a slightly cosplay-ish feel to it. I think the overly bright and cheery colours have something to do with it, a choice that director Taika Waititi seems to have adopted in all the sets as well. Looking a bit more down to earth is Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (in the last shot).

Whatever the look of the film, I sure hope the story and acting will be good.

Here’s the official synopsis: “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 gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself, with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins again portraying Odin. The film also stars Cate Blanchett as the death-obsessed Hela, Tessa Thompson as hero Valkyrie and Karl Urban as Skurge. Also among the cast is Sam Neill, reuniting with Taika Waititi, who directed him in his previous film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and his Jurassic Park co-star Jeff Goldblum. Finally, as teased at the end of his solo film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will team with the God of Thunder to deal with Loki.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” premieres 3rd November.


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