Latest ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer Adds Dr. Strange, Removes Arena

The international trailer, released overseas to promote Thor: Ragnarok contains not only some shocking new revelations but a distinct shift in emphasis for Marvel’s superhero buddy/road flick and surefire fall blockbuster.

The latest promo clip reveals that Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange makes an appearance – obviously repaying the favor of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) showing up in Doctor Strange‘s post-credits sequence last fall.

But Doc’s appearance here seems meatier, with Cumberbatch’s basso profundo voice bearing an ominous warning for the God of Thunder about his new destiny. Doc is not generally known for fortune-telling parlor tricks, so the change he senses in Odinson’s future much be pretty significant.

Did you notice how this trailer focuses entirely on Thor’s battle to save Asgard from Ragnarök, the prophesied “end of all things”? It’s like the gladiatorial arena part of the story doesn’t exist. All we see are few brief out-of-context shots. I wonder why that is. Could the action on Sakaar (or whatever the arena planet ends up being called on film) take up much less of the running time than previous trailers have suggested?

And where was the heroic image of Skurge, the Executioner (Karl Urban), wielding his enchanted M-16’s, presumably in a scene taken directly from the Walt Simonson-drawn comics?

At least my favorite bit is still in this clip: the final shot, showing the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) attacking Surtur the fire demon – who looks exactly as he was drawn in the Simonson comics.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this superhero buddy flick? Let me know in the comments below.

Thor: Ragnarok opens Nov. 3.


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