Thanks to the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly we’re finally getting a look at the first images from Thor: Ragnarok. The preview also includes new story details.

When we last saw Thor, he was flying off to figure out who was manipulating the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron. Eventually, he hears rumblings of trouble in Asgard: His evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has been impersonating their missing father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Loki’s rather lax governing leads to the reemergence of an imprisoned Hela (Cate Blanchett). Thor’s initial encounter with Hela gets him blasted to Sakaar, a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tough, hard-drinking warrior hiding out on Sakaar brings the god to the Grandmaster. “Thor is a bit of a fanboy for the Valkyrie, the elite women warriors,” Hemsworth says. Thor is then forced into becoming a gladiator, which leads to his haircut and the loss of his trusty hammer.

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is pictured with Cate Blanchett as Hela and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

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Thor is noticeably missing his hammer Mjolnir and his long blond hair. He carries two large fearsome swords and his costume has a darker, less comic book colorful look to it.

The synopsis reveals that Thor has been trapped in a gladiator contest, and his new look would seem to confirm this.

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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 new 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!

The Hulk is the most popular and successful fighter on Sakaar, which brings in the much talked about Planet Hulk element of the movie. Once Hulk and Thor leave Sakaar, director Taika Waititi describes their adventure as “an intergalactic road trip.” Waititi uses his comedy background to reinvent the characters for Thor’s third solo outing.

“A lot of what we’re doing with the film is, in a way, kind of dismantling and destroying the old idea and rebuilding it in a new way that’s fresh. Everyone’s got a slightly new take on their characters, so in that way, it feels like the first Thor,” said Waititi.

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Blanchett is practically unrecognizable as the villainous Hela. She sports long black hair, seriously dark eye makeup and head to toe black leather.

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Thompson’s Valkyrie is the quintessential female warrior with pulled back hair, slightly softer eye makeup and also in all leather, though hers is sleeveless.

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And of course it’s not a Thor movie until Loki shows up to cause trouble.

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Co-starring Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins and Mark Ruffalo, Thor: Ragnarok flies into theaters Nov. 3.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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