Mark Ruffalo talks Hulk's place on the team and the evolution of speaking in full sentences!

After Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Hulk has seen it all and done it all. He can even control his anger…somewhat. The Big Guy has grown and evolved, and now he’s ready to take his place on the team and fight the biggest threat in the universe, Thanos, in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Having been mysteriously missing from “Captain America: Civil War,” we now know that Hulk had other important business to attend to, and he may be the only hero to have firsthand knowledge of the extent of Thanos’ power.

From the set of “Avengers: Infinity War,” Mark Ruffalo explained that the big green guy was just plain busy. “He went to another dimension for a little while and met up with his pal—good pal— Thor, and they went on an intergalactic buddy trip, and then he came back,” said Ruffalo. Now Hulk’s back and ready for action, “We were introduced to Thanos after doing a lot of fighting, and now he’s been brought back together with the Avengers.”

The outsider of the team, Ruffalo revealed his character’s return to the Avengers with a new sense of purpose. “Banner knows probably more about Thanos than probably anybody. He’s really trying to impress on everybody how dangerous he is. It’s a little bit of a Chicken Little (scenario). He comes in screaming bloody murder.”

“He’s seen what damage he can cause and how powerful he is,” added Ruffalo. “The entire group is in disarray so he’s also getting caught up on what’s happened here and is trying to get them to transcend their differences and impress upon them how much danger they’re actually facing.”

Banner faced a life changing experience in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which pushed Hulk’s ability to be expressive and not internalized. Those events gives him perspective on the fallout of “Captain America: Civil War.” “It’s not combative but they’re not so in sync as they were,” shared Ruffalo. “Banner doesn’t understand ‘Civil War.’ He just doesn’t get it.”

After being away on a cosmic journey for three years, Ruffalo said Hulk needs to get back into the game. “Once again, I think he’s trying to find his place in the line-up. He’s having some difficulties integrating with the rest of the group, but he’s also privy to some information that is essential for their survival.”

Hulk has been exposed to more things in the universe and is steadily evolving, even down to his speech patterns. “The division between Hulk and Banner is starting to blur a little bit. You have a Hulk that can actually express himself without being angry. There are sentences, yes. We’re getting into like a five-year-old.”

Ruffalo sees the evolution of Hulk as a character parallel to the progression of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Oddly enough, I joke with people that this is like doing a TV show where you shoot one episode every three years. There’s a continuity to it and when we talked about it with Marvel or Kevin [Feige], we really do talk about it as the character’s progression. I’ve been able to have a lot of say in where it goes and you’re also dealing with a new script and a new world but the characters feel like they’re making a journey. It does feel like one goes to the next and goes to the next. It feels like a long serial which is nice.”

While Stark and Banner are the Science Bros, “Infinity War” has the added element of the most technologically-advanced nation in the universe, Wakanda. Ruffalo said the team must recognize their collective skills and come together — “there’s no way to overcome what they’re facing without in some way coming to terms with their differences and embracing their diversity. That’s essentially a core value of the film and that together, only together, can they triumph.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to, follow @Avengers #InfinityWar on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Chadwick Boseman shares his thoughts on opening Wakanda to the world!

Black Panther has been busy as the newly crowned king of Wakanda — dealing with his father, King T’Chaka’s death while trying to restore order in a country full of unrest. Now T’Challa will have to deal with a crisis of colossal proportions — Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is coming to Wakanda!

In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” in theaters now, viewers got a peek at the mysterious, technologically-advanced world of Wakanda. Why the notoriously elusive country decided to open its door to outsiders? The King himself—Chadwick Boseman—explains that T’Challa wants to do what’s best for the greater good. “You have a world problem with Thanos, a problem that affects everyone in the world. So Wakanda is on the world stage and we’re obviously advanced in a way where we can help with the situation.”

As for the Avengers, they’ll be awakened to new experiences once they step foot into Wakanda. “They’re in my world so it’s interesting to have them enter our space, which is not something that happens all of the time,” said Boseman.

He expanded on what it’s like to have the team members come together, “I think it’s important for us to give the flavor of Wakanda, and they’re really adjusting to our space. That will be part of the fun of the movie. And the Guardians entering it, obviously, there is a clash, all of that is conflict. It’s not conflict between us necessarily. It is an emotional, psychological, social conflict.”

Okoye (Danai Gurira), Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the largest assembled cast of Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, which means the actors get to work with other cast members they may not have met before. “I can tell you what it feels like today. It’s fun to see, especially because we have not had a lot of opportunities to work together and when you look at actors that you respect and revere and you see them doing their thing, it’s not just about the characters but the cast members. It’s fun to listen to people tell stories,” mused Boseman.

Coming off the success of “Black Panther,” Boseman can now enjoy his place among the Super Heroes. “It’s a lot of pressure because I don’t have time to joke when we were shooting ‘Black Panther,’ it’s serious all the time. In this case, you don’t have all the weight on your shoulders, so you have more comfort. We’re sharing the weight. Which is actually what’s happening with the super heroes as well, because they could not deal with Thanos alone. I think there is a lot of comfort in having people who are so good around you.”

As for how the King’s warriors, the Dora Milaje, feel about the new visitors? Skepticism is obviously going to be the fiercely protective faction’s first assessment. “Infinity War’s” own Hulk, co-star Mark Ruffalo, joked that it’s very much a “there goes the neighborhood” situation.

Boseman agreed, “There goes the neighborhood, that is a good way of saying it.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to, follow @Avengers #InfinityWar on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Here's everything we saw and learned on the set of 'Avengers: Infinity War'!

True Believers, we’re inching closer to culmination of the last decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” in theaters April 27!

Last summer, had the opportunity to visit the “Avengers: Infinity War” set and now we’re allowed to share with you all the things we learned about the final chapter phase of the MCU. [Warning: If you want to head into the film knowing nothing, do not proceed ahead!]

With that warning in mind, let’s begin and peep some new photos while you’re at it:

[Updated Thursday, March 15]

[1] Source Material. “Avengers: Infinity War” will deviate from the source material. So don’t go in expecting THE INFINITY GAUNTLET, the 1992 six-issue run.

Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk/Bruce Banner, revealed during the visit, “It’s so different from the comic books. There’s elements that are clearly the same, but when you really start to get into the story, everything changes.”

He goes on to add, “[Infinity Gauntlet] is informative…but then again it just gets so off of the topic that it starts to become a little confusing.”

[2] Witness the King. Hot on the heels of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” our set visit was able to witness a scene unfold as our Avengers — a fully bearded Captain America, a platinum blonde Black Widow, a visibly-wounded Vision holding on to Scarlet Witch, Falcon, War Machine wearing STARK leg braces, and Bruce Banner — make their way off the Quinjet in the country of Wakanda. Our current roster of Avengers are greeted by King T’Challa, the Dora Milaje, and Bucky.

Some of our heroes have not seen each other in a very long time following the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War.” Steve and Bucky embrace while Sam approaches with a quip, “Are you gonna snap and kill someone if they say bologna sandwich?”

T’Challa asks, “How big of an assault should we expect?”

“A pretty big one, sir,” Cap replies.

As seen at the end of “Black Panther,” T’Challa has brought Wakanda out of the shadows. Is the nation ready for Thanos to bring the fight to them? That’s left to be seen.

[3] Avengers (Re)Assemble. As highlighted in the scene above, some of our heroes will be meeting each other for the first time, while others haven’t seen each other since the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or “Captain America: Civil War.”

For instance, our Avengers are meeting the healed Bucky, now known to his Wakandan allies as “White Wolf.” Banner has been missing in action on his cosmic adventure, and may know how big a threat Thanos really is.

Get prepared for tons of amazing pairings!

[4] Children of Thanos. The Mad Titan himself will not be operating alone. As we’ve seen in the trailers, Thanos likes to get his hands dirty but he also has those to do his bidding. Enter the Children of Thanos. While on set, we were shown maquettes of Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian, and Corvus Glaive. Get a glimpse of the Children of Thanos maquettes during our D23 2017 coverage here.

Maquettes of Smart Hulk, who we caught a glimpse of in “Thor: Ragnarok” and angsty Tween Groot, as seen in the end credits of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” made an appearance.

[5] Costume Upgrades. You can bet our heroes are going to look their baddest and sharpest versions as they take on the Mad Titan. We’ve already seen Bucky and Cap get some upgrades thanks to Wakanda’s source of Vibranium. Spidey has a pretty sweet revamp courtesy of Tony, while Rhodey has STARK leg braces to help him navigate the injuries he endured during “Captain America: Civil War.” We can expect these aren’t the only heroes who will leveling up their armor.

That’s all we can share for now, but keep it on as we start rolling out interviews with the directors, screenwwriters and stars over the next few weeks!

[6] IMAX. The Russo Brothers revealed the entire film was shot by IMAX Arri 65 cameras. With unbelievably larger-than-life characters, the IMAX cameras helped the directors frame the shots and capture the intricate beauty of the exotic landscapes. Not only that, the evolving visual effects technology will push what Josh Brolin can do as a performer.


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Brings the Heroes To Wakanda – Chadwick Boseman shares his thoughts on opening Wakanda to the world!

Hulk Is Back From ‘Ragnarok’ And Ready For Battle In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Mark Ruffalo talks Hulk’s place on the team and the evolution of speaking in full sentences!

The Russo Brothers Give Us An Insider Look on How They Tackled ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Get a glimpse on the storytelling elements from balancing tones to collaborations and more.

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans Are Ready For Fans To See The Avengers Assemble in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – See Black Widow and Captain America gather the team against Thanos on April 27!

Danai Gurira On the Strong Female Presence In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje, isn’t ready to assemble

Thanos Isn’t Wrong in Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Marvel screenwriters on creating the Mad Titan’s emotional story in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Don Cheadle says ‘Infinity War’ Is Serious Business – War Machine reveals how the stakes have been raised, his road to recovery and suiting up

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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See the gallery here!

Today, Entertainment Weekly released 15 unique covers for their upcoming issue dedicated to Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” arriving in theaters April 27!

The issue features details of a special set visit to the film, exclusive interviews with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes insights, a special look at the evolution of female super heroes, comic book recommendations, and so much more!

The covers present the latest look at the heroes—and villain—preparing for War, and when combined, they form the Avengers logo spread across a cosmic backdrop. Check them out below, and collect all the issues when they hit stands tomorrow!

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Fans around the world will get to see the fight against Thanos at the same time!

If you’re one of the many, many fans excited to see Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” we’ve got very good news for you, as the release date has been moved up to April 27! Fans will now be able to globally experience the film together, as it will be released worldwide on the same date.

The announcement came via a Twitter exchange between none other than Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios, as the Iron Man actor asked if he could see the movie a bit earlier… and got a happy reply.

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!
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Stars of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War team up for epic charity event

Stars of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War team up for epic charity event counting down to the launch of movie-related products on March 3 

Hasbro and Funko to support by donating millions in cash and toys

The Walt Disney Company today announced Marvel: The Universe Unites, an epic charity campaign combining the super powers of the cast of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War to help support children’s charities. The week-long event will see stars of the movie team up for a series of hero acts and social media challenges to provide funds and raise awareness for charities that support children and families impacted by serious illness. The initiative will culminate the weekend of March 3 when and Disney stores in the U.S. will donate 10% of sales of all Marvel products made between March 3-4, 2018 (up to $50,000) to Make-A-Wish® to help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

“This movie has one of the greatest ensemble casts of all time, and we are challenging them to use their collective might to benefit children’s charities,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We’re kicking off by inviting some of the world’s biggest stars to get creative on social media to support Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that works to bring joy and comfort to hospitalized children and their families.”

As part of Marvel Studios: Hero Acts, a charitable initiative launched in 2016, some members of the cast of Avengers: Infinity War will receive a special toy care package filled with new products celebrating their Marvel character to be donated to children’s hospitals.

Their mission? To take a creative picture or video to reveal the new toys to fans and post it to their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter channels using #HeroActs. When their collective posts hit a million likes, they will unlock a $250,000 US donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation® from Marvel.

“Being a Marvel Super Hero gives us a powerful platform to directly influence positive change. Giving back to kids is the most impactful role you can play,” comments Marvel Studios’ Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman. “Marvel: The Universe Unites and #HeroActs is just a fun way to support a noble cause while entertaining kids and fans around the globe.”

Marvel partners are also supporting the cause with their own #HeroActs in support of children’s charities. As part of the week’s events, Hasbro will donate $1 million US worth of cash and products to Give Kids The World, an organization that fulfills the wishes of children with critical illnesses and their families by providing them with an unforgettable trip which includes a visit to their village in Central Florida and access to Walt Disney World Resort.

Funko, known for their pop culture collectibles, will make a $1 million US toy donation to Starlight as part of the Marvel: The Universe Unites campaign.

“From our fantastic cast to our toy and retail partners, it’s great to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe come together in this way to support children’s charities,” comments Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios. “The launch of the products for Avengers: Infinity War is a fun way for fans to celebrate the countdown to the movie, and this initiative underscores that moment in a really special way.”

Starting March 3, new Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War products will be included in the Marvel: The Universe Unites Amazon Wish List, enabling consumers to send toys directly to Starlight.

Rounding out the week, on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, and Disney store will donate 10% of weekend Marvel product sales to Make-A-Wish® (up to $50,000 US) in support of Marvel: The Universe Unites.


About Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. “Avengers: Infinity War” releases in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

For more information visit © 2018 MARVEL


About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 35,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,400 in 2017 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit


About Give Kids The World

Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 159,000 families to its 84-acre “storybook” resort in Central Florida. Children with critical illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals and more.  For more about Give Kids The World, visit


About Starlight Children’s Foundation

Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Learn more and support Starlight’s work by visiting


About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).


About Funko, Inc.

Headquartered in Everett, Washington, Funko is a leading pop culture consumer products company. Funko designs, sources and distributes licensed pop culture products across multiple categories, including vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories for consumers who seek tangible ways to connect with their favorite pop culture brands and characters. Learn more at HTTPS://FUNKO.COM/, and follow us on Twitter (@OriginalFunko) and Instagram (@OriginalFunko).

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Brush up on some essential reads after your audience with the King.

Enjoy 1,000s of issues featuring Black Panther, Shuri, and all of the Marvel Universe. For a limited time, get MARVEL UNLIMITED for $5 a month and unlock over 20,000 digital comics to read any time, any place. Use code “PANTHER” at checkout. Offer valid until 2/28/18 11:59pm ET on annual memberships only.

You’ve just seen Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and now want to learn everything you can about the young king of Wakanda. The character of Black Panther has been around since 1966 and has gone through many adventures over the years, from a variety of comic book iterations to a young adult novel. T’Challa is a leader and hero, through and through.

Here are a few things to read to get you up to speed on the Black Panther and his storied history within the Marvel universe now that you’ve visited Wakanda courtesy of “Black Panther.”

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby 

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

  • Published: July 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Let’s start at the beginning. Making his first appearance in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #52, Marvel’s first family were gifted a technologically-advanced aircraft from the people of Wakanda. Upon visiting the mysterious African nation, they meet T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda, and who later reveals himself to be the Black Panther.

In the continuation of the story, FANTASTIC FOUR #53 is when we find out that things in Wakanda are not quite as they seem and the country is rich with a rare metal known as Vibranium. The villain from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” also gets his origin story in this issue — it’s revealed that in Ulysses Klaw’s drive to steal the Vibranium to make weapons, he killed the Black Panther’s father. In turn, T’Challa used one of the weapons which caused Klaw’s pistol to explode in his hand.

Christopher Priest, Mark Texeira, Vince Evans, and Joe Jusko 

Black Panther (1998) #1

Black Panther (1998) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Christopher Priest’s run on Black Panther reinvented the character for the modern era. Laying the groundwork for Black Panther’s big screen debut, the comic introduced Everett Ross and explored the complex world of the Dora Milaje, as well putting a spotlight on T’Challa’s political responsibilities to both the world and Wakanda.

Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. 

Black Panther (2005) #1

Black Panther (2005) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Screenwriter Reginald Hudlin took a super heroic approach to Black Panther, including a fight with a World War II-Captain America, leaving Steve Rogers defeated. Hudlin’s run is notable for introducing Shuri, T’Challa’s tech-genius sister. The character has become a fan favorite—thanks to Letitia Wright’s on-screen portrayal—and in Hudlin’s stories, Shuri gets her time to shine when she inevitably takes over as not only as Black Panther but the Queen of Wakanda.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, and Laura Martin 

Black Panther (2016) #1

Black Panther (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BLACK PANTHER sets the world of Wakanda on the verge of a breakdown. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, as this story is set right after “Captain America: Civil War,” with T’Challa dealing with the death of his father, T’Chaka. The complications of being thrust into the responsibilities of the throne lie heavy with T’Challa, as Black Panther learns what it is to make decisions that affect the future.

Ronald L. Smith

For new young fans of Black Panther, they can follow new adventures—set before T’Challa becomes king—in the young adult read, BLACK PANTHER: THE YOUNG PRINCE. This book written by Coretta Scott King award-winning author Ronald L. Smith, sets up T’Challa in a new world, faced with new decisions. T’Challa’s morals are tested, as well as his friendships, all setting him up for his role to someday be king.

Look for Black Panther again soon on the big screen when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” comes out this May!

For even more Black Panther, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page for all the latest news and updates!

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With 'Thor: Ragnarok' now on Digital and Movies Anywhere, the director sits down for a chat.

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” has just been released today on Digital and Movies Anywhere — the Blu-ray will be out March 6 — and to mark the occasion, our own Ryan Penagos sat down with director Taika Waititi for This Week in Marvel to discuss some of the standout moments and characters in the hit film. Of course, if you’re familiar with Taika and his sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that this isn’t exactly a typical, straightforward interview… Check out the video above to see what Taika had to say!

You can check out plenty of bonus features when you bring home “Thor: Ragnarok” on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on February 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6. Order your copy today!

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

Check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show! This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond!

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Fans turned out in droves for T'Challa, with the film bringing in $426 million worldwide so far.

It’s good to be the King of Wakanda, as Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ opened to massive numbers in both the US and in many markets around the world.

“Black Panther” brought in a record-breaking $242 million at the domestic box office over the holiday weekend, including Presidents Day on Monday, making it the second-highest four-day opening in movie history. Meanwhile, its worldwide box office to date is already at more than $426 million, with the film set to debut soon in more major markets.

“Black Panther” is currently Certified Fresh at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, giving it not only the best Rotten Tomatoes score so far for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, but for any Super Hero film in history.

To see the world of Wakanda come alive for yourself, reserve tickets to catch “Black Panther” in theaters now!

You can also follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page for all the latest news and updates!

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The styling of Black Panther and the Dora Milaje are rooted In tradition.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is now open in theaters and its debut brings the pages of the historic comics to life. Making the characters in the fictional world a reality was tasked to costume designer Ruth Carter. Inspired by not one, but many different places in Africa, Carter melded the cultural aesthetics together to create a cohesive look that felt distinctly Wakandan.

With the world of Wakanda rooted in African tradition, the costuming worked in tandem with production designer Hannah Bleacher’s elaborate set design. Carter made sure the color palette complimented the the landscapes and the elaborate tribal garb of Wakanda’s tribes: “They were very strict about the color palates. There are the River Tribe, which is green. There’s the Border Tribe, which is blue. There’s the Panther and the Royal Palace, which is black and royal purple. The Jabaris, which are wood. We had a very clear direction and that came from [director] Ryan [Coogler].” The distinct color palettes reflected appropriate African customs along with Wakanda’s mysterious futuristic technology.

Costume Designer Ruth Carter and Director Ryan Coogler on set with Winston Duke (M’Baku)

“Most people who read the comic books know Wakanda is a mountainous area, and it’s a secret place that’s not necessarily trading and interacting with the rest of the world,” said Carter. “They’re more advanced in technology than the other civilizations. We are creating that world and trying to create a culture and pride that feels authentic to the specific location.”

“Wakanda is this cast unknown world and, ultimately, the challenge of the unknown is what appealed to me on so many levels.” Carter spoke about how intimidating it was to take on the daunting task of created a beloved fictional world. ” Beyond what has been established in the comic realm, I knew very little about it but as I began my research, I realized we could create from a place of fantasy, a place of African culture and a place of imagination. Everybody had their own take on what Black Panther’s world was but it had never really been translated to film which was very exciting.”

Wakanda’s key resource played a big part in costume design, since the new Black Panther suit is supposedly interwoven with vibranium. Carter created the vibranium layer from a silver missile suit, visible unsheathed and overlay of thin fabric imprinted with a repeat tribal triangle pattern known as Okavango—a nod to the Okavango river delta in northern Botswana.

“The new suit is a little bit more streamlined and Black Panther can do a whole lot more with less,” said Carter. Coogler explained how the suit isn’t actually a superhero suit, but a military uniform. The suit also has a subtle medallion emblazon over the chest plate and a new panther-tooth necklace that bolsters the tribal feel.

Carter explains the new streamlined suit, “what we wanted to do was take it into a new millennium, a new attitude, a new technology, and make it exciting again. And then sometimes, you know, cultures can come together with super heroes.”

The most integral and visually recognizable part of the Black Panther comics are the Dora Milaje, the fierce women warriors who are charged with protecting T’Challa. Carter created their look by thinking about the reality and complexity of being a female warrior, but still focusing on feeling empowering. “In regards to the Dora Milaje, we wanted to make them have more of a presence. More of a strength of authority than they did have. We developed more as a real warrior might be developed. Real warriors who need their arms protected and need to have shields, and armor, and weaponry and shoes—like they’re really going to go to battle.”

The Dora Milaje outfits were based on tribal influences, and their distinct red color from the comics remained. Meanwhile the tabard or harness needed to have meaning. Likened to a prized heirloom that might be passed from mother to daughter to use over generations, the idea made the look become grounded in tradition. Carter also beaded them with little charms for protection, like talismans for protection and good spirit.

Combining traditional looks with modern influences is what made the Wakandan look uniquely its own. Carter explained, “In that it’s a barefoot culture, they’re advanced in technology. What are they wearing? Is it corny to have something lighting up? Our DP, she walks around with her headset on, and the light is blinking all the time. And I was like, Wakanda! It’s like here every day. So that’s kind of how I feel like you can actually, after watching this film, see things that way, you could point at and say, that’s Wakanda.”

Hear more from Ruth Carter at Marvel Studios’ Black Panther World Premiere Red Carpet below:

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