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Thor battles an incredible 'friend from work' in 'Ragnarok' trailer

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"Thor: Ragnarok," starring Chris Hemsworth, hits theaters on Nov. 3. (YouTube/Marvel Entertainment)

Ragnarok is here.

Marvel has dropped the first trailer for the upcoming third Thor film, “Thor: Ragnarok,” and it immediately sets up a different tone from the first two features starring the God of Thunder.

Directed by Taika Waititi, who previously helmed the vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Ragnarok” strands Chris Hemsworth’s title character on a strange planet without his hammer or any of his Asgardian allies, desperate to get home and prevent, well, Ragnarok--the apocalypse foretold in Norse mythology.

Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, has been destroyed by new villain Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, as has much of Asgard from the looks of it. The trailer features brief glimpses of the gods fighting Hela’s forces before shifting focus to Sakaar, the savage world the unarmed Avenger somehow winds up on.

Forced into a gladiator battle by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum, looking simply Jeff Goldblum), Thor is briefly delighted to learn his opponent in the coliseum is the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who has been missing since exiling himself at the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“We know each other. He’s a friend from work,” Thor tells a puzzled crowd before the Hulk, apparently not in a friendly mood, charges toward him.

In addition to drawing from decades of Thor continuity, “Ragnarok” borrows heavily from the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline, which dumped the Hulk on Sakaar to fight monsters and barbarians before becoming their king and leading an invasion of Earth. That story was adapted as an animated film in 2010.

“Thor: Ragnarok” also brings back Tom Hiddleston’s Loki to take on Hela's minions on Asgard and introduces Tessa Thompson as Valkerie. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3.


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