"Thor: Ragnarok" offers Marvel fans a new look at some familiar characters
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — It’s one of the best reviewed Marvel movies ever: Thor: Ragnarok — starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeff Goldblum — opens in select theaters tonight, and Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, says this one has a different tone than the others.
“It’s sweet and there’s nice character stuff. Real character stuff,” he tells ABC News, explaining, “[It’s] not macho. Not, you know, all that stuff that you might expect from one of these movies, but still delivers on that, you know?”
The film teams Hulk and Hemsworth’s Thor, who has been banished to a faraway planet called Sakaar and forced to fight as a gladiator — and that’s where he runs into his hulking green “friend from work.” It’s an unlikely pairing that somehow seems to work, according to Ruffalo.
“Thor and Hulk together, like this? As buddies? And [Bruce] Banner and Thor together as buddies? We’ve never seen that before,” he explains. “It’s the most unlikely coupling, but man, is it fun.”
Goldblum, who plays the Grandmaster, ruler of Sakaar, agrees moviegoers are in for a wild ride.
“From the start, I was kind of on the edge of my seat with delight, amusement, and surprise and then crying and laughing throughout and rocking out in my seat…I think it’s a crowd pleaser,” he says.
The film also offered Hemsworth’s real-life kids a chance to see dad in action, although they still aren’t quite sure what he does for a living.
“They came to set one day…and I’m fighting this big monster, you know? And so, now I come home from work and my boys are like did you fight the monsters today?” he jokes. “And so, they still think that’s what I do, still think I’m somewhat of a hero.”
Thor: Ragnarok — also starring Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston — opens nationwide on Friday from Marvel Studios, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
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