When a studio (like Marvel Studios) has the cast of an upcoming film out on the road for press tours, there's usually two basic levels of concern at play. The first usually results from loopy exhaustion, where the stars are so burnt out from being asked the same questions over and over again that they end up saying or doing something that they're not supposed to and the studio ends up spending promotional time doing clean up.
And then we have what appears to have happened to stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Mark Ruffalo (Banner/Hulk) while promoting Thor: Ragnarok ahead of its October 24 international premiere.
Sitting down for an interview with Austrailian television program The Project, things were going smoothly for Hemsworth and Ruffalo as they fielded a number of questions about the film; as well as about their acting careers and personal lives. Then things got really awkward…awkward to the point that both Hemsworth and Ruffalo had to chime in as the "spoiler police" to shut down one host's line of questioning regarding Cate Blanchett's Hela, the Goddess of Death, and her potential "family relations" in the film…
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Starting at around the 6:15 mark, you'll notice that the host keeps referring to Hela as "Thor's sister;" with Hemsworth and Ruffalo looking painfully uncomfortable and trying to get the host to move on to another topic.
Why is this possibly a big deal? It's a substantial change from both Norse mythology and Marvel's comics, where her origin actually has her as Loki's daughter. Though it was not formally confirmed during the interview, their reaction to the sibling reference proves very telling.
Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok stars Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Idris Elba. The film is set to be released on October 24 in the UK and November 3 in the US.