3:30pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Confirms Key 'Planet Hulk' Character to Appear
An impromptu Facebook Live broadcast from the set of Thor: Ragnarok didn't answer many questions about the third standalone film for Marvel's Asgardian Avenger, but there were a couple of unexpected teases dropped along the way.
Broadcasting from a location near the Gold Coast in Australia, director Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson took viewers for a tour of the location, which featured a crashed spaceship and robed figures Waititi referred to as "scrappers." (That is more likely a description of their jobs than a name, per se; Waititi described the set as being part of a "sci-fi space wasteland we've been building" that looked like a junkyard filled with intergalactic detritus.)
The broadcast came in the middle of the final day of production on the movie, with the director saying, "This is my last day, I think I'm getting fired after this." Hemsworth replied with, "I think we all are." The finished movie, the pair joked, was headed "straight to VHS," but with a twist. "There's only going to be one copy, though, so you'll have to share it around," Hemsworth told his audience, suggesting a rental fee of $50 per viewing.
While Hemsworth explained that they "can't say anything about where we are, and you can't tell anyone about what you've seen" from the set of the movie, Waititi did let something unexpected slip, introducing an actor who's playing a character called Miek. That name should sound familiar to Marvel's comic book faithful — he was an alien who teamed with the Hulk to overthrow a despotic regime that forced slaves to fight gladiatorial battles in order to survive on the planet Sakaar.
Given that it's already known that Ragnarok will feature Mark Ruffalo's Hulk teaming with Thor while the two deal with the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) — a cosmic being who, in his comic book incarnation, likes to pit characters against each other in battles of some sort or another — what are the odds that part of the comic book Planet Hulk storyline that introduced Miek find their way into this new movie?
Thor: Ragnarok will be released Nov. 3, 2017. Watch the Facebook Live broadcast below.