Things We Learned From 'Thor: Ragnarok' Special Features

Thor: Ragnarok was such a technicolor delight of a Marvel Studios film thanks to director Taika Waititi and his incredible assembled cast and crew.  We'd been waiting to get our hands on a copy of the Ultra HD 4k set of the film, and thought we'd share some of the highlights from the bonus features on the Blu-Ray disc.

Things We Learned From 'Thor: Ragnarok' Special Features
The cover for the Thor: Ragnarok Blu-Ray, DCD, Digital set.

The bonus featurette documentaries total 34:25, not counting the gag reel, "Team Darryl", Marvel The First 10 Years and the deleted scenes.  We'll start with the first thing, the featurettes.

  • Getting In Touch With Your Inner Thor begins with a super cute shadow puppet reenactment of the scene where Thor exposes Loki posing as Odin.
  • Brad Winderbaum Executive producer says the first hero Marvel wanted to bring to the big screen after Iron Man was Thor.
  • Kevin Feige says Thor brought a new humor to the series, and wanted Ragnarok to bring him to a new world but still have fun.
  • Chris Hemsworth points out he's been playing thor for 7 years, and that when they did the first film, they didn't know if they'd get the Avengers film.
  • Takia Waititi says they wanted to take it in a new direction, and keep it fun.
  • Chris says they made the choice to lighten Thor's accent, since he's been on Earth for awhile.
  • The Cirta scene was the first they filmed, Chris hanging upside down
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins says Chris has a lot of courage, that he hasn't been affected by his great stardom and fame
  • Jeff Goldblum calls Chris cute, "He's cute, he's so cute, he's Christmas."
  • Cate Blanchett says he was amazing to work with, "a lot of us were riding on his shoulders, and what shoulders they were"
  • Tom Hiddleston says his relationship with chris is different than any other he's had with anyone else.  "We have a short hand, he makes me laugh."
  • "I'd do many more of them if people wanted to see them," Chris says.

Unstoppable Women: Hela and Valkyrie

  • Taika says it's not the Thor movie you're expecting, not the one you want.
  • He goes on to say "nowadays we need more female actors, they can hold their own against the guys."
  • Mark calls both Tessa Thompson and Cate strong and amazing
  • Kevin Feige calls Hela one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. "Scary and charming and deadly as any villain we've had."
  • Cate was their first choice to play Hela.
  • Tessa says the introduction of the character is amazing
  • Tom says he understands the challenges with playing a villain, and that her presence is incredible
  • "Some of my happiest times were beating people up," Cate said
  • "Having Valkyrie be in this film, introducing her, she'll help lead the charge for the next chapter of the MCU."
  • Tessa rocked her fighting training
  • "We wanted to find a new way to show women fighting in film in general. I'd say she fights like a boy, but that diminishes the fact that she fights like a really strong woman," Tessa said
  • Cate says that Tessa was compelling, and mysterious

Finding: Korg

  • Winderbaum calls Taika a dream director
  • Chris "the most wakey and physical director I've ever worked with"
  • Cate: the minute you meet him, you think 'i'll do anything for you'
  • "There's no continuity when you're living in the moment," Taika on set
  • Hopkins says Taika is in command, and open for suggestions.  "I did things that were outlandish."
  • Taika shaved Karl Urban's hair for playing Skurge
  • 5,000 extras in some scenes- Taika tried on and wore some costumes on set
  • Seeing Taika doing his mocap for Korg is the best thing
  • "Pretty hard to be taken seriously when you're in that stuff."
  • "What the world needs right now is Korg, the Rock Man."

Sakaar: On The Edge of the Known and Unknown:

  • A look into the planet of Jack Kirby's vision
  • "It's a physics phenominon," says Mark Ruffalo
  • Sakaar is the toilet of the universe
  • Kevin Feige says it's the most audacious set they've ever built for the most audacious film
  • "The Grand Master is the photo negative of Odin", Tom Hiddleston
  • "It was a good a time as I've ever had. It was fun and exciting, and I liked what we were doing", Jeff says
  • The Hulk vs Thor scene in Thor: Ragnarok is totally based on Contest of Champions comic.
  • Taika says he was really excited for the film to do the Thor Hulk stuff.
  • Mark reinvented Banner, reinvented the Hulk, Hiddleston says.
  • Tom loves the moment when Thor gets smashed by Hulk

Journey Into Mystery

  • The events of Ragnarok happen during the same time as Civil War
  • Early Stan Lee and Jack Kirby 'journey into mystery', and Walt Simonson ( his years on Thor 1983-1987)
  • Turns out Walt was totally an extra!  He's seen wearing Asgardian clothes in the featurette
  • Taika really wanted to make this movie a tribute to Jack Kirby
  • Kevin says "it's almost like we've finally stepped into a Kirby drawing."
  • "Everybody wants Planet Hulk," Ruffalo says
  • "The fans are always who we think of.  Not just the now fans, but the older comic fans too."
  • Gag reel with freaking Tom and Jeff skating is like the best thing
  • Cate kept making noises when she shoots weapons

Also, Team Darryl is fabulous:

The Marvel First 10 Years featurette takes a look at the assembled universe, starting with Iron Man, continuing with Thor.

  • There are snippets of footage from the first films, and some onscene BTS moments.
  • Captain America is always the moral backbone of the team.
  • Fans of the MCU will no doubt really dig this addition.
  • The Russo Brothers say that Civil War will have major implications for the next phase.
  • "Every single marvel film will have culmination in the next two Avengers films."

There are also a collection of 8-bit scenes created as the captions say "to help filmmakers plan out the scenes".

Thor: Ragnarok is definitely an important addition to any MCU collection. Check back for our upcoming 4K review (including the Director's Commentary, because omg we need it).

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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