Even an immortal Norse god can use the occasional makeover, and the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly brings fans a first look at the new cropped hairstyle the “Avengers” member will sport in his latest solo outing, “Thor: Ragnarok”.
Interviewed by EW, star Chris Hemsworth talks about Thor trading in his shoulder-length locks for a new close-cropped look when he faces new threats — without his signature hammer.
When Hemsworth and fellow Avenger Mark Ruffalo (a.k.a. the Hulk) weren’t asked to be in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War”, Hemsworth wondered if he was out of a job.
“I was like, ‘What? Are we being fired?’” he says.
Clearly that’s not the case, and the latest sequel to “Thor” is said to take more of a comedic take on the character, thanks to director Taika Waititi (a New Zealand native who’s helmed such projects as HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” and critically acclaimed vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows”).
In addition, the film will feature appearances by the Hulk and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as well as introducing some new villains, including Hela (played by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson, “Westworld”).
Blanchett tells EW she doesn’t understand why some comic book fans balk at the notion of a female villain. “Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain?” Blanchett says. “It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped villainy in women.”
“[Waititi and I] had a conversation of ‘What is a strong look?’ Like, she should probably be in pants,” says Thompson of her character (in the comics, Valkyrie’s costume is essentially a bathing suit). “It’s such an exciting time to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe… I think it’s really important for little boys and little girls to go to these movies and see themselves reflected on screen.”
You can read more about “Thor: Ragnarok” in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.