Are you ready to spend the best part of 2017 in space? No, I'm not talking about Elon Musk's latest madcap scheme — between Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, not to mention next year's Avengers: Infinity War, the #MCU is blasting off into orbit in a big way.
Which is just as well, because the Earthbound adventures of Age of Ultron and Doctor Strange were beginning to feel pretty vanilla. The stakes get bigger, though, once the story ascends into the wider cosmos, and everything we know already about #ThorRagnarok suggests that Taiki Waititi's movie could be seriously good fun.
Ahead of the release of the Doctor Strange Blu-ray, we just got our greedy paws on a bunch of bonus content, with an exciting sneak peek at the concept art for Ragnarok, teasing both Cate Blanchett's villainess Hela and the entirely awesome way in which Thor and Hulk will re-enter one another's orbit.
Clearly inspired by the Planet Hulk comic book arc ('Incredible Hulk' #92-105), in which Hulk is made to fight for the entertainment of the Red King, the first pair of artworks depict the big green guy wielding a sword inside a massive gladiatorial arena. His opponent? That would be none other than Thor himself...
Obviously concept art rarely gets a direct translation when brought to life on screen, but it would be pretty sick if what we got in Ragnarok had even 50% of the visual flair of what you see above. I don't even know who I'd put my money on when Thor steps into the ring with that.
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Also new is our first look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. It looks like Loki and Thor are firmly on the same side this time around, which is just as well, considering Hela looks utterly terrifying.
The headgear is pleasingly comic book-accurate, and somehow the aesthetic calls to mind one of Enchantress's looks in Suicide Squad. Here's hoping Hela is a much more memorable villain than that — some have speculated that she could be the MCU's answer to Mistress Death. Which would be incredible, obviously.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.
(Source: Comic Book)