Yesterday would have marked the 100th birthday of legendary comic creator Jack Kirby, and the mark the occasion Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige took to social media to unveil a new logo for Thor: Ragnarok inspired by the artist’s run on the comic, as well as stating that: “[The] MCU wouldn’t exist without him. Thor: Ragnarok is an unabashed love letter to his vision.”
Director Taika Waititi had previously revealed that Kirby was a huge inspiration on his approach to the visuals, stating that: “The look is inspired a helluva lot by Jack Kirby and his art. I loved the kind of cosmic trippy vibe of the Thor comics. I’ve often said if Freddie Mercury were alive, I would have asked Queen to do the soundtrack. The movie just has that feel: It’s a cool, bold, colorful cosmic adventure.”
Meanwhile, Marvel has also unveiled the cover to The Art of Thor: Ragnarok, revealing a new piece of artwork with Cate Blanchett’s Hela front and centre alongside Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki…
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Taika Waititi as Korg, Clancy Brown as Surtur, Rachel House as Topaz, and Sam Neill in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on October 24th in the UK and November 3rd in the States.