Celebrate the end of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by remembering its biggest and baddest showdowns of the biggest heroes and villains!

Marvel Studios has created adventures of enormous proportions featuring some of the bravest heroes that theaters have ever seen! These stories have caused Marvel’s heroes to square off in mighty bouts with menacing villains in impressive showdowns. We’ve compiled some of our favorite moments where heroes faced off against villains, and in some cases, even against one another!

Take a look at our 10 favorite one-on-one brawls and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more look backs at the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! These articles will contain spoilers, so proceed with caution if you haven’t watched all the Marvel Studios films.

Iron Man vs. Iron Monger – Marvel's 'Iron Man'

Iron Man vs. Iron Monger – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Iron Man vs. Iron Monger – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Unsurprisingly, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) thought nothing could stop him in his high-tech Iron Man armor. Unaware that his former partner Obadiah Stone (Jeff Bridges) stole Tony’s high-tech plans, the two went toe-to-toe in armors  of their own design. Having more prototypes under his belt, Tony emerged victorious after exploiting weaknesses in Stone’s designs.

Hulk vs. Abomination – Marvel's 'The Incredible Hulk'

Hulk vs. Abomination – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Hulk vs. Abomination – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Although the military managed to capture him, Bruce Banner’s (Edward Norton) meaner, greener side proved to be the only force capable of taking down Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) after becoming the monstrous Abomination. The savage beasts wrought pain and destruction throughout the city and Hulk reigned supreme in one of the most brutal fights in the whole MCU!

Iron Man vs. War Machine – Marvel's 'Iron Man 2'

Iron Man vs. War Machine – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Iron Man vs. War Machine – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

With his health diminishing, Tony got a little out of hand at his house party. While Tony destroyed household objects to impress his guests, James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) commandeers a suit to subdue Stark. Although no clear winner emerged from the bout between friends, Rhodes proved he had the skills to deserve his own high-powered suit.

Iron Man vs. Thor – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

When Tony finally crossed paths with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the hero attempted to imprison him in a S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had his own plans for Loki for his crimes on Asgard. The powerful heroes traded words, and blows, in an altercation so powerful that Captain America (Chris Evans) had to intervene to spare the two any grave injuries.

Thor vs. Hulk – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Thor vs. Hulk – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Thor vs. Hulk – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

With Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) monstrous side unleashed inside a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Thor sprang into action to slow him down. Outmatched in size, Thor demonstrated the might of Mjolnir and leveled the Hulk. After both being thrown from the helicarrier, the two left the tussle with a newfound respect for one another’s power.

Black Widow vs. Hawkeye – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Black Widow vs. Hawkeye – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Black Widow vs. Hawkeye – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

When a mind-controlled Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) led a siege on the helicarrier, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) hoped to talk sense into him. When talking failed, Black Widow instead had to knock sense into him, and given their history together, the tussle had both physical and emotional ramifications, but resulted in Hawkeye leaving with a clear mind.

Pepper & Iron Man vs. Aldrich Killian – Marvel's 'Iron Man 3'

Pepper & Iron Man vs. Aldrich Killian – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Pepper & Iron Man vs. Aldrich Killian – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Powered by Extremis, which allowed Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to create extreme heat from his body and regenerate lost limbs, all of Tony’s attempts to neutralize Aldrich proved ineffective. It looked like Aldrich had the power to destroy Tony, but when Pepper appeared with her new Extremis skills, Aldrich lost his head for the last time.

Thor vs. Malekith – Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World'

Thor vs. Malekith – Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Thor vs. Malekith – Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’

The Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) infiltrated Thor’s realm, set loose prisoners and murdered his mother. Seeking retribution for all the carnage Malekith caused, Thor grappled with the Aether-powered Dark Elf in a realm-spanning quarrel that proved yet again the might of Thor.

Steve vs. Bucky – Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Steve vs. Bucky – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Steve vs. Bucky – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Captain America needed to retreat from his first few grapples with the mysterious assassin Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), but Cap stood his ground in hopes of completing his mission aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. Winter Soldier won the battle, but as their vessel plummeted to Earth, what remained of Bucky Barnes in Winter Soldier carried Steve Rogers to safety.

Iron Man vs. Hulk – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Tony Stark has a contingency plan for every thinkable situation, and the same goes for Hulk going on a rampage. The most massive brawl in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the collision between technical ingenuity and pure rage left copious amounts of collateral damage, and more than a few destroyed buildings.

Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket – Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket – Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket – Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

This face-off deserves a spot on the list, despite technically being the most miniscule battle in the MCU. With Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his Ant-Man suit conflicting with Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) in his Yellowjacket armor, this dispute takes place entirely in Scott’s daughter’s room where toy trains, cars, and blocks are destroyed with blatant disregard for dented plastic.

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Chadwick Boseman debuts new 'Black Panther' poster!

Witness your King in a brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” above! Catch “Black Panther” in theaters February 16!

In addition, Chadwick Boseman debuted the brand new “Black Panther” poster. See the poster along with stills from the trailer below.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” hits theaters February 16! While you await the King, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page!

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Marvel's first cinematic female villain is out to claim her throne.

As Marvel’s first on-screen female villain, Cate Blanchett exemplifies the Goddess of Death from Hela’s headdress, to her villainous heart. Hela is out to take the title of evilest villain away from the Loki, a distinction she seems to easily embody from head to toe. Blanchett talked to Marvel.com about Hela’s powerful presence and how her fashionable ensembles even play a part in creating her enigmatic personality.

Blanchett wasn’t familiar with the character of Hela before production, but in her mind that only helped her performance, “What I like about playing her is that I really didn’t know anything about her and that’s really exciting. I mean obviously, the deep, hard core fan base would know a lot about her, but there was kind of a really interesting process of discovery for me.”

Hela has a lot of power and conveying her prowess has been a work in progress, “Very early on, I threw a lot of ideas into the ring with Taika—and with the motion capture people, and the Special Effects crew— and they took that and ran with it, so it’s been evolving. So it’s like what if I shot this out, what would happen if I play with my cape. It really has been an organic thing, it’s been quite loose actually, but she’s got a lot of power.”

Blanchett talked about taking on the mantle of being Marvel’s first on-screen female villain, “I think you only feel pressure if you think this is the only shot that women will have—you know, which is ridiculous. I mean, there’s a huge female fan base and having a daughter myself, you want them to be able to identify with those that are on that the end of the spectrum as well as the heroes.”

“So I didn’t feel pressure, I was super excited because but then it’s like with any film, whether it’s an action film or a small indie drama, it depends on who’s looking down the lens and when it’s Taika, that for me was a really exciting thing.”

Hela’s powerful presence is enhanced by her menacing look. Blanchett explained how the Goddess of Death’s attire played a part in her role, “I’ve tried—with the makeup, hair people, and all of the different departments—to give her a kind of a visual journey so that she’s got somewhere to go as she becomes increasingly powerful. That look evolves and calcifies a little bit.”

“You should see Taika’s own illustrations. He’s an incredible artist and so he knows how important it is for the actors to have the complete physical look, so they have a sense of what atmosphere they’re walking into. That really helps so you’re not in a complete blue screen universe with no idea what you’re looking at or what you’re touching.”

As if Hela’s style wasn’t enough to express the strength of her powers, her desire for chaos is the catalyst for her reign. Having been banished for a long time, Hela is out to make her mark. “I think it’s very interesting to bring the concept of Death into a world that’s ostensibly immortal. You know, you look at the Western world and in most cultures, Death has been banished from the world in which most Western people live.”

“And as a result, I think it’s made life rather screwed up. So I think that there’s a side of death which can be gentleman-kind and there’s a side of death which can be brutal and savage, depending on whose death it is,” explained Blanchett about how the Goddess of Death doesn’t see anything wrong with her worldview. “But I think that there’s a lot of unresolved issues that she has with Asgard, that when she doesn’t meet people who are receptive to her—I think she’s quite bewildered as to why people are frightened of her—but the more havoc she wreaks the stronger she becomes.”

See Hela for yourself when “Thor: Ragnarok” opens in theaters on November 3rd. Get your tickets now for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Thor: Ragnarok,” and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page!

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Get the behind-the-scenes guide to the movie from Titan and Marvel Studios!

Titan Publishing is thrilled to announce “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition”—celebrating the making of Marvel Studio’s hotly anticipated new movie, “Thor: Ragnarok“! From exclusive cast interviews to concept art, this is fans’ all-in-one guide to the God of Thunder’s latest celluloid adventure, which hits cinemas on November 3, 2017!

In Marvel Studio’s new film, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself imprisoned and in a lethal gladiatorial contest against his former ally, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

On sale November 7 and available in US stores in both softcover and hardcover editions, Titan Publishing’s deluxe “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” will allow fans to go behind the scenes of Marvel Studios’ new far-out fantasy epic. Presenting unseen making-of photos, stunning concept art, secrets from the set, with star interviews including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo, “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” is the essential movie companion for fans of one of Marvel’s mightiest heroes!

Marvel Studio’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” one of 2017’s most talked about movies, listed as fans’ most anticipated movie for 2017 on entertainment site Fandango. “Titan is very excited to publish ‘Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition,’” said Titan Publishing Director, Chris Teather. “The God of Thunder’s latest adventure looks to be his most thrilling yet, and our aim is to give fans exclusive access into Asgard from concept to cast!”

Stay tuned for more information on “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” from Titan Publishing very soon.

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Kneel for your queen. Cate Blanchett is Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. In theaters November 3!

Thor has to deal with perhaps his most powerful enemy yet in “Thor: Ragnarok”, in the form of none other than Hela!

Check out a new behind-the-scenes featurette above, focused on the powerful villain — played by Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett — and learn why she’s such a threat to the God of Thunder from Blanchett, director Taika Waititi and Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.

This is just the latest piece of content from this month’s 31 Days of #HelaWeen during the lead-up to “Thor: Ragnarok”! Keep checking back for more through October!

“Thor: Ragnarok” makes its big screen debut in November. Get your tickets now for “Thor: Ragnarok” and stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page for the latest “Thor: Raganaok” news!

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Catch Thor in theaters November 2!

We’re almost one month out from the premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnaok” and director Taika Waititi is excited to unveil his vision. Speaking with Marvel.com on a set visit, Waititi talked about taking on the challenge of bringing Ragnarok to life, Thor’s new formidable adversary, and how the Son of Odin is similar to a 1980’s icon. I suppose you could say Thor’s a reasonable guy who’s just experienced some very unreasonable things.

Fans have been waiting for “Ragnarok” and Waititi is ready to show it to them, “A lot of people are excited by the idea of what Ragnarok means. But to me it means the stripping down of the establishment of what’s already there, and then building it up in a new way.”

“I said this before, if the movie’s called Thor, then Thor should be the best character,” said Waititi. Expanding his thoughts on the God of Thunder, “My main focus was making him cool, and funny when he needs to be, heroic when he needs to be.”

Thor’s changed and it turns out he’s picked up a sense of humor from an old friend, “Thor spent two years hanging out with [Tony Stark]. So, he knows a little bit more about irony and sarcasm now. He’s got a little bit of Earth humor. He’s like a rich kid from outer space who’s spent some time slumming it for a bit, you know? So he’s instantly become a bit more interesting but he’s still in different parts of the Cosmos, and still learning as he goes.”

For Waititi, Thor’s personality was similar to that of well-known 1980’s protagonist, “In my mind, I had imagined Thor being a bit like Jack Burton,” said Waititi. The similarities between Big Trouble in Little China’s lead played by Kurt Russell feels like a leap, but Waititi explains, “He’s a great hero who’s making his way through the adventure.”

As far as Thor’s foe, Cate Blanchett’s Hela is a worthy opponent. “Cate is the first female villain, and for me, the most interesting villain because she is multidimensional. She’s layered. She’s troubled. She’s really funny. So I think it’s gonna be really satisfying to people.” Waititi explains Hela’s prowess, “Her character has amazing powers, she wears the cowl, she has the antlers, and she looks amazing in the concept art and stuff. Thor in the films has never fought anyone tougher than this lady.”

Similar to his previous films, Waititi wants to strike a balance between comedy and drama, “That’s always been my focus with this whole thing, to make it really entertaining, and poignant, and profound when it needs to be, but and also adventurous and funny.”

“We’ll improvise some stuff. I’ll be next to actors and yell suggestions at them all the time, and just coming from that place where I’m with my friends I’m used to doing that—yelling at each other for outtakes—it’s a bit messy.”

Waititi’s so called messiness leads to a cohesive film thanks to creative editing, “But I think, from that messiness comes really great kinda spur of the moment stuff. The balance is always found for me on the editing. So with most takes, I would do stuff that’s way over the top, and then bring it down, and get something exactly what’s on the page, and then something that’s a nice sort of middle balance where the tone is a little bit more natural.”

Having worked on smaller films, the jump to a large vehicle like “Thor: Ragnarok” can be a challenge. Waititi puts it in perspective, “You know, at the end of the day when you call ‘Action’…the lens is pointed at two or three people. You’re looking down at the little rectangle. And so for me the experience is completely the same, other than we have to do a lot more effects and all that stuff, but that’s all part of it. I don’t get annoyed by how long that stuff takes because I’ve seen all these other films, and you take the time to get that stuff right.”

“This film is so crazy, so eclectic,” Waititi enthused. “There’s so many amazing characters, like a new style of Banner that we’ve never seen before; Hela, Loki’s in there, obviously, then Grand Master. It really is the craziest of the Marvel films. In a good way.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” makes its big screen debut in November. Get your tickets now for “Thor: Ragnarok” and stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page for the latest “Thor: Raganaok” news!

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Thor: Ragnarok’s evil villain was never so sweet!

Hela may not be the sweetest goddess in the universe, but these cupcakes are! Watch the video at this link to check out this how-to in action, and follow the steps below to whip up your own.

Recipe and design by koalipops.

Hela-Inspired Cupcakes How-To


  • Cupcakes (from your favorite cupcake recipe)
  • Gold Cupcake Wrappers
  • 4 oz. Black Gum Paste
  • 1 oz. White Gum Paste
  • 2 in. rubber dome mold
  • Black Buttercream
  • Spoon
  • Small Offset Spatula
  • 5 oz Black Candy Melts
  • Royal Icing
  • Precision knife


  • Roll out black and white gum paste to 1/8th-inch thickness. Set aside for 30 min.
  • Place a little black buttercream into the dome mold. To remove the air bubbles use the back of a spoon by pressing the buttercream up against the walls of the mold. Fill the buttercream to the top of the mold and flatten out the top with an offset spatula. Place into the refrigerator for 30 min.
  • Grab the black and white gum paste and cut out Hela’s eyes and headdress using a precision knife. Allow the gum paste to harden for 12 hours.
  • Melt the black candy melts.
  • Dip each headdress piece into the black candy melts and place them on a sheet of parchment paper to set.
  • Remove buttercream dome from the mold and place it on top of the cupcakes. Allow the buttercream to soften for 30 minutes.
  • Insert each headdress piece into the buttercream dome.
  • Glue the white gum paste onto the front of each cupcake with royal icing.

See Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” in theaters November 3!

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New content is coming every day this month!

The release of “Thor: Ragnarok” is just over a month away, but in the meantime we’ve got plenty to whet your appetite for the film with the launch of 31 Days of #HelaWeen!

Beginning today, there will be a new piece of Thor: Ragnarok related content released every single day in October. Follow Marvel Studios and Marvel on Twitter to see what’s in store for you each day, as the epic confrontation between Thor and Hela approaches!

First off are these brand new Thor: Ragnarok-themed emojis, which appear when you tweet #Thor, #Hulk, #Hela, #Loki, and #TheValkyrie!

“Thor Ragnarok” hits theaters in November. Get your tickets now for “Thor: Ragnarok” now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Thor: Ragnarok,” and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page!

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Welcome to the Asgardian family drama, Valkyrie!

When it comes to warriors, Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” knows how to fill out a fight card. Alongside Thor, his brother Loki, and that guy from work—there’s another associate waiting to make her big screen debut, Valkyrie!

Actress Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie and talked to us about taking on the role of the renowned Asgardian heroine. She spoke about Valkyrie’s influences and where the strong female character fits in the family dynamics of “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Marvel Comics and Norse mythology were references as far as shaping the character. “Norse mythology is mystifying and fantastic and totally confusing,” joked Thompson. “But you can draw a lot of inspiration from it. The exciting thing I think for us was to create a Valkyrie that is kind of a combination of all those things. The cool thing about working with Taika [Waititi] is he has a healthy respect for the comic but also total irreverence in the sense that he’s like let’s create something new.”

As far as the warrior’s look, Thompson talked about how Valkyrie’s armor is a classic battle look that is close to what fans are familiar with from the comics. While Valkyrie has a couple of costume changes, Thompson revealed that the God of Mischief was the true fashionista on set. “Tom Hiddleston yesterday was like, how many times do you change in this movie? He’s like the diva of the film, he has like six changes. I thought I was fancy with two.”

Looks aren’t the only thing that are changing, “Thor: Ragnarok” brings an internal change to the characters we know and love. “I think the exciting thing about ‘Ragnarok’ is that you get to see characters that have long been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe also shift. I mean, I think we are getting to see a Bruce Banner and a Hulk that we’ve not seen in any of the other movies,” explains Thompson. Even the God of Thunder gets a makeover, “You see that Chris has a new haircut,” says Thompson. Speaking of the God of Thunder’s new ‘do, “There’s stuff going on with him, so I think all of these characters are kind of fresh and new.”

Family dynamics is what made the Thor films stand out in Thompson’s eyes, “One of the reasons I was so excited to be in this film is I remember seeing the first Thor film and being like oh my God, it’s like a Shakespeare family drama, you know? I just thought there was something so fantastic about the mix of genre in that film and these characters, that in this space, the superhero role, you could do really relatable things like family relationships.”

Thor himself is a Valkyrie fan and the strong female character plays a big part in the dynamic of Ragnarok. “From the jump, Marvel and Taika really wanted Valkyrie to exist in her own plane and to offer something really strong and fresh and new.” Thompson gets into more detail, “I think they’ve been really smart to answer the call to a lot of fans that are like, we need more women in the universe that are dynamic and not necessarily tied to male characters. So, that was something that was inherent in this script to begin with and they’ve been hugely collaborative.”

“I think it’s important for Marvel to answer the call for inclusion and diversity and also to be able to have some freedom with these stores and make the decision that they want to make,” explains Thompson. “What Taika said to the press was that they cast a wide net and I was the person that made sense for the part. They saw all kinds of girls, some of them probably looked closer to Valkyrie and some that looked even less like her, but I think we just do what we do and we hope that people respond to it and we ignore that ones that don’t.”

Valkyrie isn’t the only female warrior to be reckoned with, Cate Blanchett brings a special something to Ragnarok as Hela, Marvel’s first onscreen female villain. “She’s so tremendous, to have someone like her bring on this character and also to be a villain.”

Thompson stressed the importance of the onscreen characters, “I think when we talk about representation, especially about Valkyrie having representation of a strong female character—also because I just happen to be a brown woman and that’s so important in cinema—as much as we want, righteous, fantastic, strong characters, we also want weak ones and bad ones and shitty ones, we want all kind. Representation means the spectrum.”

“Thor Ragnarok” hits theaters in November. Get your tickets now for “Thor: Ragnarok” now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Thor: Ragnarok,” and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page!

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Kirby Krackle comes to life!

Director Taika Waititi has a vision for “Thor: Ragnarok” and the visual effects department are a huge part of helping him tell his story. With motion capture, advanced special effects, and more, technology is as much a part of the movie as the actors themselves.

Marvel.com spoke with VFX supervisor Jake Morrison about how he and his team brought the Asgardian battle story to life.

When asked which of the movie’s scenes or effects was the most challenging to create. “All of them,” the visual effects supervisor replied. “It’s literally one of the most involved pictures I have ever been on. It’s visual effects heavy. All Marvel pictures do rely on visual effects to help tell the stories. But this one is absolutely enormous. The scope of the picture and the amount of elements in it is incredible.”

Advancement in technology now allows for instantaneous feedback. For an actor, motion capture can enhance the performance, making the surreal into reality. When an actor puts on the marker suit, the images are streamed into the control room allowing operators to view the image, just as if an 8-foot tall Hulk was standing right before their eyes.

Morrison explains, “What that does is that allows us to frame the shots more accurately, so we know that what it will do at the end of the day.” Seeing as how Hulk is massive—as is his stride, “Where Mark Ruffalo takes 4 or 5 steps, those steps when they’re Hulk-size steps are actually like 3 times as far.” Technology allows the ability to feel as if the scene is seamless. Morrison describes how it’s done, “The operator actually will make the center point of the move—the end of it. So the operator, the camera approach, actually sees the Hulk 10-feet over that way and as Mark walks—we go through—we actually catch up with Mark and then we land at the final moment where we see him on mark, as Hulk. It’s pretty cool.”

The special effects team used tricks to put Ruffalo into a Hulk state of mind. Morrison recounted, “We got these cool tricks that we picked up over the years where he puts on this heavy hands thing that you use when you work out. So it makes his body a bit heavier for him. It slows down his motion a little bit.”

By setting up a virtual world, Ruffalo is able to view his performance in a mirror actually as the Hulk, “It’s amazing watching the transformation as he does each circuit of the room—gradually you see him loosen up and then he goes into a slight pose—and then he hunkers down and you can see him just watching the mirror as he’s going  past. The character gets more and more Hulk and then after that—after you know a half an hour—he’s found the Hulk again.”

When it comes to Cate Blanchett carrying the weight of Hela’s headgear—technology has come a long way, “In the 80’s or 90’s you would actually have to put the big headdress on to know exactly what that looks like.” Morrison details, “The key is we base it upon Cate’s physical performance. The reason we got the motion capture stuff on her is we’re now recording literally like 120 samples per second of where her body is.”

This allows the actor to not have their motion restricted by the costume, “How her wrist moves or elbow moves or whatever. That’s all captured in the system. So if she does a pirouette or a turn or anything, actually the stuff you see her do here—we then have the option to make her costume behave in symphony with her action.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” is incredibly visual effects heavy. Morrison spoke about the huge influence that creator Jack Kirby had on the production, “The amazing thing about Jack Kirby is his artwork is dense. One of the anecdotes about Kirby is that he never erased anything.”

“So what that means is an incredible amount of light and dark and that means it’s a very thick frame.” Regarding bringing the Kirby Krackle to life, “If you look at the original Asgard there are these massive riffs in the sky like dimensional breaks, with a whole lot of pop all the way around them. What he’s doing is really just filling the frame. So for us what that means is we can be very dense with the visuals.”

These images helped give a Kirbyesque tone to the movie. “You’ve already seen what the Art Department had done with putting that into the buildings, but it also means we can add stuff into the sky,” said Morrison. “Any travel that we do, we can thicken things up a great deal because the original Kirby idea was not to start forward lines, but really just a lot of dynamic light and shade contrast.”

Fans will get to see the effects of the Kirby influence for themselves when “Thor Ragnarok” hits theaters in November. Get your tickets now for “Thor: Ragnarok” now!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Thor: Ragnarok,” and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page!

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