As True Believers prepare for an onslaught of Marvel Cinematic Universe awesomeness over the next few months courtesy of ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, and ‘Inhumans’, there’s an echoing sound of thunder off in the horizon that belongs to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. Though it may seem like a way off, the Asgardian Avenger returns this fall in his third solo adventure and will fly into theaters under the direction of Taika Waititi. And while we probably won’t get a peek at a trailer just yet, we do have our first look at the filmmaker’s unique new vision for the God of Thunder.

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly debuted some impressive stills from ‘Ragnarok’ that can be found in their latest issue. Featuring Cate Blanchett as the Goddess of Death Hela, ‘Creed’ star Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, and more, Thor’s world is looking much more colorful than before. You can see for yourself in the gallery below:

In addition to the new pictures, the stars of the film divulged some new details about the story. After Blanchett revealed that Hela is the one that causes Thor to end up on the gladiator planet of Sakaar following her accidental release from her prison, Chris Hemsworth (who is absolutely rocking that new hairstyle) provides some insight regarding what we can find there:

“[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers. No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.”

Finally, Waititi addressed the change in tone from the previous two installments. Some fans became concerned when word got out that the Odinson’s third adventure would be more comedic, but now the director has weighed in and reassures us that his “quirky, left-of-field sense of humor” doesn’t take away from the doom and gloom indicated by the title of the film:

“I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe’. We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”

What do you think about our first look at ‘Thor: Ragnarok’? Which character are you most excited to see more of? And are you worried about the tonal shift in the God of Thunder’s franchise? Sound off in the comments.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ starring Chris Hemsworth, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jamie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, and Mark Ruffalo strikes theaters on November 3, 2017.

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