SDCC: Thor Ragnarok Panel – Hulk Armor and Footage Description

More from San Diego Comic Con: The Marvel SDCC panel was held on Saturday and revealed tons of new information about their upcoming slate of films.  For Thor Ragnarok they showed Hulk’s gladiator armor that will be appearing in the movie and released footage from the movie that confirmed a big baddie that will be making an appearance.  Check it out below.

First up, a new logo was unveiled for Thor: Ragnarok during the presentation in Hall H.  The logo has more of an 80’s sci-fi feel to it and certainly is different than those for the previous Thor entries.  See the new logo below.

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One of the most fun reveals confirms what has been rumored previously, Hulk’s gladiator armor.  In the comics the Hulk wore this armor when participating in gladiator battles on planet Sakaar after being exiled by some of the heroes of Earth because he is deemed too dangerous as part of the Planet Hulk storyline.  It’s been reported that Marvel does not own the rights to develop a stand alone Hulk movie, so it looks like they will incorporate portions of the Planet Hulk story into this Thor film.  As these images and the description of the footage shown below attest, the gladiator battles do make an appearance in the film including a showdown between Thor and Hulk.  Check out the images and a brief video of the armor reveal courtesy of Ryan Penagos’ Twitter account below.

Below check out a description of the Comic Con footage for Thor: Ragnarok courtesy of Screen Rant and a summary of a mockumentary comedy skecth that played before the footage, courtesy of Comic Book/Marvel.  Unfortunately, a video of this footage has not yet made it online (although I wouldn’t be shocked to find leaked footage appearing briefly in the upcoming weeks before Marvel promptly pulls it).  The clip starts out with a comedy sketch put together by director Taika Waititi as a fake explanation of what Thor was up to this whole time and why he didn’t appear or pick a side in Captain America: Civil War.

“Director Taika Waititi put a piece together to explain what Thor was doing during Civil War. “I just am taking a break. We had this cool adventure saving New York, that was pretty great. So I moved to Australia and moved in with Daryl,” Thor says in a documentary-style video. Thor has Daryl help him write an email to both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers about their “Relationship problems.”

“Dear Steve Rogers, remember when I goaded you into killing those prisoners and you made me swear not to tell any of the other Avengers? I still haven’t. Please let me know if you need anything, I’m not doing much at the moment,” he said.

Thor had a wall of conspiracy theory about the Infinity Stones. “Who is the purple man in the chair? He’s purple, has a magic glove, and doesn’t like standing up.”

Thor sits down to talk with Bruce Banner, who gets a call from Iron Man. “No amount of money is going to get me into your little pissing contest,” he says to Tony. Stark doesn’t want to talk to Thor. Banner says that Stark says he doesn’t know how to get a hold of Thor, and Thor says he doesn’t have a phone, and should instead send a raven.”

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Once the comedy bits subsided, it was mainly concept artwork and pre-vis footage of the Hulk in his familiar armor. The actual filmed footage was a flurry of attacks and lightning-summoning from Thor himself, capped off with two shots that will get fans talking. First, a sequence in which Thor and Hulk (in armor) find themselves inside a massive gladiator arena, standing opposed, and rushing to slam into the other and begin combat. The two were already shown at odds in The Avengers, but there’s clearly more at stake in this showdown.

The assortment of shots also included a look at Hela (Cate Blanchett) in a predictably horned and intimidating headdress, but the final shot is the one that fans will keep in their minds over the coming weeks and months, featuring the presumed ‘big bad’ villain of the film: Surtur, the massive fire giant who, in the comics, actually brought about Ragnarok (the destruction of Asgard).

But things have changed for the film: this time around, it won’t just be Thor that Surtur emerges from his home realm of the fire-licked Muspelheim to do battle with – it’s the Hulk seen leaping towards him, hammer in hand.

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This is the first official confirmation that Surtur does in fact appear as the big bad in Thor: Ragnarok.  Prior to this it was believed that he would likely appear since he’s the main villain in the comic version of the Ragnarok events, but since he was never mentioned there was a possibility that Blanchett’s Hela might instead be the primary villain.

I have my fingers crossed that this could turn out to actually be an entertaining Thor movie.  The first two were underwhelming movies for a character I was never all that interested in in the comics (Thor was alright in a team setting against a big bad, but I found him fairly boring as a solo series because of how overpowered he was).  They have added fantastic actors to the mix with Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban (easily the best thing about Star Trek Beyond that opened this weekend).  It’s being teased as being much different than the other movies as well as holding significance for the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.  Here’s hoping it’s good.

What do you think about the Thor announcements during the San Diego Comic Con?  Are you excited about the Hulk gladiator armor, Surtur being included in the movie, the difference in tone, or the new logo?  Chime in with your thoughts in the discussion board below.

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