Own the Critically Acclaimed Blockbuster with 80+ min. of Extras Highlighting the Award-Winning Cast

Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange,” the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, has mesmerized both audiences and critics, pulling in more than $658.3 million at the worldwide box office to date and earning a 90% critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The biggest single-character introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it also carries on Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 14th consecutive MCU film to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.

On Feb. 14, “Doctor Strange” fans can bring home the critically acclaimed blockbuster early on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere, or on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 28. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of fascinating, never-before-seen bonus materials, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, five deleted scenes, hilarious outtakes, part two of the comical mockumentary “Team Thor,” audio commentary, and an exclusive look at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Between limited edition SteelBook packaging and exclusive extra content, “Doctor Strange” has you covered with these retailer exclusives! At Best Buy, pick up a specially marked Doctor Strange limited edition SteelBook featuring art based on the The Book of Cagliostro and the Eye of Agamotto. For exclusive behind-the-scenes digital content, head over to Target where specially marked Blu-ray combo packs include exclusive access to “Defying Reality: The Art and Visual Effects of Doctor Strange”—a featurette only available through Target.

Doctor Strange has long been a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe. We’ll take an in-depth look at the film’s astral dimensions which take fans further into worlds with unlimited possibilities. We’ll explore the comic book origins and groundbreaking illustrations from Steve Ditko as well as the differences between the publishing and cinematic incarnations. This featurette will give audiences a new insight to the level of detail and commitment that went into creating dimensions where the possibilities are endless.

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The film boasts an award-winning cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Black Mass”) as Dr. Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “Triple 9”) as Mordo, Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight,” “Southpaw”) as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong (“The Martian,” “Prometheus”) as Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man,” “Steve Jobs”) as Dr. Nicodemus West, Benjamin Bratt (“Traffic,” “Piñero”) as Jonathan Pangborn, and Scott Adkins (“El Gringo,” “The Expendables 2”) as Lucian/Strong Zealot, with Mads Mikkelsen (“The Hunt,” “Casino Royale”) as Kaecilius and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (2007 Best Supporting Actress, “Michael Clayton”; “Julia”) as The Ancient One.

Bonus Features*:

DIGITAL HD & BLU-RAY:

  • Featurettes
    • A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
    • Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambitious, imaginative films ever.
    • The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
    • Across Time and Space – Explore the countless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
    • The Score-cerer Supreme – Join Composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
  • Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
  • Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
    • Kaecilius Searches for Answers
    • The Kamar-Taj Courtyard
    • Making Contact
    • Lost in Kathmandu
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:

  • Through the Keyhole: The Science of the MCU – Discover how Marvel grounds all its films in real science, and explore the connection between science, magic and imagination.

From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality.

Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “Sinister”) is directing with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Jon Spaihts (“The Darkest Hour,” “Prometheus”) and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (“Sinister,” “Sinister 2”).

The talented team of filmmakers assembled for “Doctor Strange” includes Ben Davis (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), cinematographer; Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), production designer; Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), costume designer; Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” “Ricki and the Flash”) and Sabrina Plisco (“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Charlotte’s Web”), editors; Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor: The Dark World”), visual effects supervisor; and Paul Corbould (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), special effects supervisor.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.

Pre-order your copy of “Doctor Strange” now and make sure to follow @DrStrange on Twitter and like “Doctor Strange” on Facebook! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Production designer Dan Hennah talks about bringing Ragnarok to life!

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters in just a few weeks and soon audiences will get to see a leaner, brighter, universe for our favorite Asgardians and their coworkers.

Production Designer Dan Hennah spoke with Marvel.com about giving life to Asgard and how Jack Kirby’s influence was a running theme throughout the design process. Hennah described how bringing “Thor: Ragnarok” to life was a mix of old and new technology, much like Thor’s transformation in the film.

Asgard is a world of gods, but in “Thor: Ragnarok” we get to see the world in a different light. Hennah explained how this Asgard is something we haven’t seen before on screen, “We sort of tried to give it more of a humanity, tried to come down to the world of real gods and demigods. Of course it would be above and beyond the reach of normal people, but it’s a much more real world.”

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“Refugees have been taken out of the city. So we need to get down to that sort of population a little as opposed to the (larger) world. Asgard is the home of the gods, so the assumption is that most of these people here—thousands of them—are some sort of demigods or children of gods. It’s more about the forces of the gods and the effect that they have on the people.”

While this god-like world is grandiose, with the addition of the general population, Hennah used a trick to make Asgard feel more utilitarian, “It’s home to gods, the previous incarnation was stone and gold. So we stayed with those elements and we’ve stayed with the champions of the architecture to a degree, but also we had this sort of human level of single story, two stories, three stories.” By adding smaller building perspectives, Hennah was able to give a feel of a more practical Asgard.

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How much of Asgard relied on CGI? While walking on set, Hennah explained, “Every set has practical elements to it, but it was like fifty-fifty. In terms of standing here—if they were sitting on the ground level—the wall is real, everything up there is. Inside buildings, ceilings will be digital. But in directive, elements may be practical. You have to test the visual opportunities we’ll get from them. And we also give the actors something very real to work in, to get their lead into the character.”

Visually, it’s hard ignore the huge Jack Kirby influence on this movie. Hennah happened to be a longtime Kirby fan, “1960’s Jack Kirby was our inspiration. I’ve read Jack Kirby comics since I was 15 years old. So for me it was fantastic and to really get deeply into it, I was always just influenced by this big star of the comics.”

“Now our set design becomes another world, you have to analyze how he got his shapes, what they wore, what was put on them, how he used them.” Hennah detailed how King Kirby’s style was incorporated into the production design, “You know, it doesn’t look anything like Jack Kirby, but it does have the influence. So that’s really cool for me to find something—which is the process to design—finding things, subconscious things.”

Kirby’s style heavily influenced the design of the planet Sakaar, “That was really a Jack Kirby influence and Mayes Rubio—who’s costume designer—took the ball we had and ran with it as well, so we sort of were on the same page from day one in terms of the Sakaarian look; the people, the concept of Sakaar.”

“Sakaar’s populated by aliens and the sky in Sakaar has a number of wormholes that deposit space waste. Basically if you’re flying through space, you can get caught in a wormhole, and it’s a bit of a sewer.”

“There’s no vegetation in Sakaar. It’s purely made up of space waste. All the food is made from space waste. There might be cultures of mushrooms or something that I haven’t seen, but generally, it’s all about everything’s coming from outer space, including the population over thousands of years, so there’s blue people and green people—it’s space Vegas basically.”

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The Saakar gladiator arena was rooted in Roman influences, “The early concept work that I inherited was largely Roman based gladiatorial and it’s been done so often that the sandals have worn out, you know. It’s time for something new and so we sort of went all alien with it. We toyed with a lot of different concepts, but we ended up with one where there arena itself is surrounded by bleachers which have standing up bleachers, not sitting down.”

This change allowed for a larger, looming audience concept for the arena, “And so they’re very tall—you can fit two hundred thousand people in there and it goes crazy—and at the very top of it, a spacecraft can sort of be sitting up there looking down into it, hovering.” These stylistic changes allowed for a bigger, badder, confrontation for those two friends who know each other from work.

To see all the action for yourself, check out “Thor: Ragnarok” when it hits theaters, 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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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

Items:

  • 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

Steps:

  • 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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