Production on the next Thor movie will be underway within a month. Marvel Studios has been developing Thor: Ragnarok for some time now, but after setting What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi to helm last year, things have been heating up. The picture scored a formidable villain in Cate Blanchett as Hela, and it looks as though it’s going to be a very Australia-focused feature—at least in spirit—as filming is poised to begin down under on July 4th.
Per The Advertiser (via GeekNation), Thor: Ragnarok filming will begin on July 4th at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast and will continue through October, setting up what looks to be a lengthy and highly involved shoot for the anticipated sequel. While the Thor films have thus far been a bit of a red-headed stepchild in the MCU, with neither Thor nor Thor: The Dark World making much of a lasting impression on audiences, Marvel seems keen on mixing things up considerably for Ragnarok.
For one, the film is a buddy movie of sorts, as it will see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor teaming up with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk on an intergalactic road trip. Additionally, the subtitle hints at some seriously dark stuff going down, and as Ragnarok is poised to lead directly into Avengers: Infinity War, it’s not hard to imagine this sequel concluding in a very dark way.
Hemsworth is reprising his role as the God of Thunder alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin (who may or may not be dead as a doornail), but Waititi and Marvel have put together an incredible supporting cast of newcomers that includes Creed actress Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as baddie Skurge, and Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, an elder of the universe and likely a central figure in the Infinity War to come.
Waititi has proven a handle on character and pacing, and Wilderpeople also shows he knows his way around a set piece, so it’ll be interesting to see what the New Zealand-born filmmaker brings to the MCU with Ragnarok. Luckily the release date of November 3, 2017 is ever-approaching, with this formidable cast assembling next month to finally put Ragnarok in front of cameras.
Also filming this summer is Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it also sounds like Hemsworth and Co. may have a busy Marvel docket ahead of them, as the two-part epic Avengers: Infinity War starts production in December with Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo. They’re shooting both Avengers sequels at the same time to accommodate the busy schedules of the bevy of Marvel Cinematic Universe actors, and we don’t have confirmation if Hemsworth or any other Thor actors are in both or just one of the films, so it’s possible Hemsworth isn’t even due on set until months later. Nevertheless, Marvel Studios is about to embark on its most ambitious production schedule yet, which also includes Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp filming in 2017.