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Thor: Ragnarok closing in on $750 million worldwide

Despite some stiff superhero competition this weekend from Warner Bros.Justice League (which debuted to $281.5 million around the globe), Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok continued its impressive box office run as it approaches the $750 million mark worldwide.

The Taika Waititi-directed blockbuster has pulled in $738.1 million, making it the ninth Marvel Cinematic Universe title to cross the $700 million mark. It had already surpassed Thor: The Dark World’s $644.6 million to become the biggest Thor movie to date, and currently sits in eighth place in the list of highest-grossing McU movies behind 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy on $773.3 million.

Ragnarok could potentially become the third McU movie of the year to hit $800 million globally after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863.6 million) and the year’s highest-grossing superhero movie Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.1 million).

See Also: Thor: Ragnarok was originally going to feature a romance between Thor and Valkyrie

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,
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Kenneth Branagh discusses the pressure on the first Thor movie

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has come in for heaps of praise for its change in direction, taking the Thor franchise fully into the realm of cosmic comedy. However, it’s easy to forget now that, at the time of its release, the first Thor movie also marked a huge tonal shift for the fledgling Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing cosmic elements after the Earth-based adventures of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

During an interview with Uproxx to promote his latest film Murder on the Orient Express, Thor director Kenneth Branagh spoke about the pressure on the first movie:

“Remember, there were only two pictures in the Marvel Universe. Iron Man, genius, the first one. Hulk hadn’t worked as they’d hoped. And then number three, it was sink or swim before Captain America and then suddenly, oh, it was fine after that. No question that Kevin Feige used to say to me,
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Thor: Ragnarok was originally going to feature a romance between Thor and Valkyrie

When it was first revealed that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster would be absent from Thor: Ragnarok, many assumed that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie would be taking the spot of Thor’s new love interested in the Marvel blockbuster. However, as it turned out, that wasn’t the case – although screenwriter Eric Pearson has revealed to Yahoo! that it was originally intended for romance to be in the air.

“It was like, let’s give Valkyrie her own story that connects with Thor, and if it makes sense for them to get together, then great,” said Pearson. “You’ve got two really good-looking people who can fight and who’d probably be [good together] if the story went there, but it just didn’t. It became more about the mutual respect, and also dealing with her Ptsd. She’s someone who’s drowning her sorrows in the bottle, and I just thought
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The Punisher: All of the Different Frank Castles Ranked

Ahead of The Punisher on Netflix, Ben Robins ranks all of the different Frank Castles…

In an almost unprecedented act of genius, Marvel’s long lost, secretly loved but consistently butchered anti-hero The Punisher is finally getting his own ultra-violent spin-off series. And with star of just about every crime/drama movie/series in the last few years Jon Bernthal returning to re-don the skull-soaked tee after his first bow in Daredevil season 2, it feels like the perfect time to revisit all of the temporary Frank Castles that came before him.

Because it seems that Bernthal is actually here to stay, something that can’t be said of any of the hard-nosed actors that leapt into the role before him. In fact, Bernthal’s return to the role is the first time anybody has ever played the character more than once in an official context. Although as you’ll soon see,
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Kevin Feige explains how Matt Damon’s Thor: Ragnarok cameo came about

Minor spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok follow…

A few weeks before the release of Thor: Ragnarok, it was revealed that Matt Damon would be making a brief cameo in the Marvel blockbuster, and as we’ve now seen, Damon takes on the role of an Asgardian actor portraying Loki in a play alongside Luke Hemsworth as Thor and Sam Neill as Odin. Speaking to Collider, Marvel StudiosKevin Feige has discussed the origin of the scene, and how Damon came to be involved.

“There was an idea in the script phase,” said Feige. “I don’t remember if it was our writer, Eric Pearson’s or if it was Taika Waititi’s or if it was our executive producer, Brad Winderbaum to bring the audience up to speed on the fact that everybody thinks Loki is dead. So that when it was revealed that he was Odin, it would make some
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Taika Waititi discusses Thor: Ragnarok deleted scenes and alternate post-credits scene

With Thor: Ragnarok topping the box office around the world, having already passed the $500 million mark globally, director Taika Waititi has been chatting about some of the film’s deleted scenes, including one which delivers a nod to The Avengers, and alternate post-credits scene featuring The Grandmaster and Topaz.

“They all land on the bridge – Thor, Loki and then Hulk,” Waititi tells Empire. “They stand for a second. Then Hulk just smashes Loki, punches him out of the frame – just like in Avengers, when Hulk did it to Thor. It was a crowd favourite, but we just had to get rid of it for time. It might be on the DVD.”

Waititi also discussed the original plan for Odin, which – as we saw in some set photos last year – would have seen Anthony Hopkins’ character wandering New York as a homeless person: “What we wanted originally was for Thor and
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Marvel Contest of Champions unleashes Thor: Ragnarok

With Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok topping the box office around the world, Kabam has announced the arrival of the Ragnarok version of the God of Thunder into Marvel Contest of Champions. Take a look at the Thor gameplay trailer and the characters stats and abilities below…

Base Stats & Abilities

*All stats based on 4 Star, Rank 5, Level 50, Signature Level 99

Health: 17180 Attack: 1081 Max Pi: Without Signature: 3827 With Signature (99): 4742

Character Class: Skill

Special 1: Fearsome Fighter – Without Mjolnir, Thor (Ragnarok) must improvise and use his shield as a deadly weapon.

Special 2: The Warrior Within – Skilled with multiple weapons, Thor (Ragnarok) engages his opponent with a ferocious sword fighting style.

Special 3: God of ThunderThor (Ragnarok) discovers that his true power lies within, channeling lightning through his fists and electrifying opponents with each punch.

Signature Ability: Thunder God’s Wrath – After a Special 3, Thor (Ragnarok) is temporarily able to control lightning within his body.
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Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok thunders past $500 million at the global box office

After topping the domestic box office this past weekend and the international box office the weekend prior, Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok has wasted little time in thundering past the $500 million mark worldwide.

The Taika Waititi-directed threequel has pulled in $502.3 million by close of play on Wednesday, becoming the fourteenth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to pass the half-billion mark globally, and the twelfth consecutive film to do so.

Ragnarok has already surpassed the $449.3 million grossed by the original Thor movie in 2011, and will presumably topple Thor: The Dark World’s $644.6 million ahead of the release of Warner Bros.’ rival superhero blockbuster Justice League a week tomorrow.

See Also: Chris Hemsworth pays tribute to Mjolnir with Thor: Ragnarok promo

See Also: Thor: Ragnarok was going to feature a childhood flashback with a fat Thor and goth Loki

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other
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Chris Hemsworth pays tribute to Mjolnir with Thor: Ragnarok promo

Poor Mjolnir. The trusty hammer of Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder meets its maker in Thor: Ragnarok at the hands of Cate Blanchett’s villain Hera, and Hemsworth has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Mjolnir with an ‘In Memoriam’ promo; check it out here…

See Also: Thor: Ragnarok was going to feature a childhood flashback with a fat Thor and goth Loki

See Also: Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter and director discuss the film’s ending and mid-credits scene

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 threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his
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Thor: Ragnarok was going to feature a childhood flashback with a fat Thor and goth Loki

During an interview of MTV’s Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has revealed that he originally planned to include a scene in the Marvel blockbuster which would have been a flashback to an 80s-style Asgard showing Thor and Loki’s childhood, with the God of Thunder as an overweight kid and the God of Mischief as a goth.

“Well I wanted this little thing, and maybe if we ever do a Thor 4 we can have it, but I wanted to do some flashbacks where Thor was a kid, a fat little kid,” said Waititi. “There was like an 80s version of Asgard where everyone had massive shoulder pads, and everyone had mullets. Our idea was Thor and Valkyrie meet and he’s like, ‘Hey I know you,’ and she’s like ‘Ha I remember you,’ and then it cuts back to this thing and he’s
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How Kevin Smith Helped Save Thor: Ragnarok

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How Kevin Smith Helped Save Thor: Ragnarok
If you still haven't seen Thor: Ragnarok there will be some Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk. Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is well on its way to a second-straight box office win, with an impressive $121 million opening weekend domestically while reaching over $400 million worldwide. The movie was quite the departure from the first two Thor movies, featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth) sporting a new short-hair look, while reuniting with the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and meeting all kinds of new characters on the planet of Sakaar. Many fans and critics alike pointed out how this was easily the funniest Thor movie (and possibly one of the funniest McU movies period), which Chris Hemsworth revealed in a recent interview was in part due to the actor reaching out to comedic filmmaker and lifelong superhero/comic book fan Kevin Smith.

While neither of the Thor movies were critical or commercial failures, they're
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Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter and director discuss the film’s ending and mid-credits scene

Major spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok follow. Like, the end of the film major. You have been warned…

When it comes to Marvel trilogies, the third movie usually sees a major shift in the status quo. In Iron Man 3 Tony destroyed his suits (although of course he’d built a few more by the next time we saw him), in Captain America: Civil War the Avengers had fallen apart, and now in Thor: Ragnarok we end with Asgard destroyed, and Thor leading his people to a new home on Midgard.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Eric Pearson has spoken about the decision to destroy Asgard, and how it served Thor’s character:

“I forget exactly how that idea came up, but I remember bringing it up right at the beginning. One of the previous works had Asgard not really being destroyed, or being rebuilt or something. Well,
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Hot Toys unveils its Hela collectible figure from Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok

Hot Toys has unveiled its 1/6th scale Movie Masterpiece Series Hela figure which is based on the likeness of Cate Blanchett’s villain in the the Marvel blockbuster threequel Thor: Ragnarok. The Goddess of Death comes with a range of interchangeable accessories which includes a magnetically attachable green colored cape, two swords, a damaged Mjolnir attached to the hand, seven hand pieces, and a figure stand; take a look at the official promotional images here…

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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 threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against
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Ghostface May Target Trick Or Treaters In MTV’s Scream Reboot

Say what you want about MTV’s television reboot of the Scream franchise, but it made for one hell of a ride, often getting darker and more disturbing than the Wes Craven films ever did. But even after turning in an incredible second season, declining ratings became impossible to overlook, though we could at least find some consolation in the fact that it’d been renewed for a third season to consist of six episodes. Needless to say, that’d provide ample time to wrap up some notably huge dangling threads.

Or so we thought.

In a bizarre turn of events, the network opted to completely scrap two years’ worth of storytelling, handily pissing off the entire fan base. As it so happens, they’re moving forward with a re-reboot helmed by new showrunners that also features an entirely new cast, which boasts Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), Rj Cyler (I
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Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok poster gets a Lego makeover

With Thor: Ragnarok topping the box office around the world, the theatrical poster for the Marvel blockbuster has been given the Lego treatment, with our heroes and villains getting a minifigure makeover; check it out here…

See Also: Taika Waititi wants to make Thor: Ragnarok 2 rather than Thor 4

See Also: Thor: Ragnarok director has revealed that a villain was cut from the movie

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 threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows
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Thor: Ragnarok opens to $121 million, takes the McU beyond $5 billion domestically and $13 billion worldwide

After starting its international roll out a week ago, Thor: Ragnarok made its way across the Pond this weekend, with the latest Marvel blockbuster exceeding expectations with a domestic opening haul of $121 million.

The film, which had been tracking between $100 million and $110 million, was up 41% on its predecessor Thor: The Dark World, and also managed to outperform Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opened to $117 million this summer. It did fall short of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 though, with its $146.5 million the biggest superhero movie opening of the year so far, with only Justice League still to come.

Ragnarok’s domestic haul also means that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the first franchise to reach $5 billion in box office receipts domestically, as well as extending its worldwide haul beyond $13 billion.

See Also: A Beta Ray Bill cameo was cut from Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok

Internationally, Ragnarok added a further $151.4 million this weekend,
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Hela was almost the villain in Thor: The Dark World

Cate Blanchett has been earning rave reviews for his villainous turn as Hela in Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, but things could have worked out very differently had Marvel went with its original plan of utilising the villain in Thor: The Dark World.

“Hela was almost the villain in Thor 2,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Slash Film. “It didn’t happen for various reasons… Thank God it didn’t [happen] because now we have Cate Blanchett and Taika Waititi doing it.”

As it turned out, Marvel opted to use Malekith the Accursed as the main villain for Thor: The Dark World, with Christopher Eccleston portraying the character.

Meanwhile, in other Hela-related news, Marvel’s visual development superviser has shared a rather niece piece of artwork featuring the Goddess of Death; take a look here…

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the
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A Beta Ray Bill cameo was cut from Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok

If you were looking closely, you may have noticed a statue of Beta Ray Bill on the giant tower on Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok, and it turns out that the fan-favourite Karbonite was originally going to make a cameo in the film, but it was felt that such a quick appearance would not have done the character justice.

“There was a Beta Ray Bill [cameo], but it was so quick that you would have the same complaints that you have now,” Feige told Crave Online. “He was in it a little bit more and it just didn’t do justice. And the feeling is, if you can’t do it justice, do it later.”

Created by Walt Simonson, the alien Beta Ray Bill made his first appearance in Thor #337 in 1983, where he was deemed worthy of wielding Mjolnir and actually defeated Thor in single combat for possession of the weapon, only
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Tessa Thompson on Marvel’s female stars pitching a team-up movie to Kevin Feige

Last month it was revealed that Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson has spoken to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about a team-up movie featuring the female heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now the Valkyrie actress has elaborated on the pitch during an interview with Comic Book Resources.

“I think in that group was Brie Larson, myself, Zoe Saldana — although she ran off to the bathroom, I think, so she came midway through the pitch but she had been in the rev-up to it — Scarlett Johansson. Pom Klementieff and Karen Gillan, who are both in the Guardians movies,” said Thompson. “Yeah, I think it was that group. We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking, and it just came up, because none of us really worked together – well, I suppose Zoe, and Karen, and Pom – and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?
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Thor: Ragnarok hammers out $14.5 million in domestic takings on Thursday

Heading towards a predicted $100m+ domestic total at the Us box office this weekend, Thor: Raganrok delivered an estimated $14.5m in Thursday night previews. That places it in seventh position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe preview chart (see below), just behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, which debuted to $15.4m earlier this year. Spidey went on to gross $117m for the weekend, so the God of Thunder should be there-or-there-abouts when the dust settles on Monday.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – $27.6m preview ($191.27m opening) Captain America: Civil War – $25m preview ($179.14m opening) Marvel’s The Avengers – $18.7m from midnight screenings ($207.44m opening) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $17m preview ($146.5m opening) Iron Man 3 – $15.6m preview ($174.14m opening) Spider-Man: Homecoming – $15.4m preview ($117m opening) Thor: Ragnarok – $14.5m preview Guardians of the Galaxy – $11.2m preview ($94.32m opening) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $10.3m preview ($95.02m opening) Doctor Strange – $9.4m preview ($85m opening
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