The entire world got a new look at Thor: Ragnarok on Saturday, in the form of a brand-new trailer. But diehard fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H got a big bonus: a never-before-seen clip.
And, well, it sure looks like director Taika Waititi is having a lot of fun with this one, both in front of and behind the camera.
The Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con clip opens with Thor coming to, only to discover he’s shackled to some kind of fancy chair. He seems to be gliding through a tunnel with lots of lights as a voiceover explains what’s going on. (It’s not unlike the Star Tours simulator ride at Disney. Synergy!)
A calm female voice recording reassures him that everything’s going to be OK. Only it’s not very reassuring at all. “You are home. There is no going back. No one leaves this place. But what is this place? The answer is Sakar. It is the place for all unloved things. Like you.”
Needless to say, all this soothing narration isn’t doing much to calm down Thor. “The hell?” he mutters.
The voiceover keeps going. “You are now the property of the Grandmaster.”
Thor screams, and suddenly the light show disappears. He’s still in that chair, but now he sees that he’s surrounded by colorful armed guards. The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) is across from him in a grand throne, peering at him closely. Topaz (Rachel House) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) standing behind him.
“He’s wonderful,” says the Grandmaster to Valkyrie. “You bring me just the best stuff.” For lack of a better description, he’s very Jeff Goldblum-y, down to the flirtatious smirk on his face when Valkyrie touches his cheek.
“He’s wonderful … You bring me just the best stuff”
Some sniping ensues between Topaz and Valkyrie, and at the end of it all, the Grandmaster’s paid Valkyrie ten million units for Thor. The plan is to pit Thor against the Grandmaster’s undefeated and as-yet-unnamed champion.
“You will pay for this,” Thor snarls at Valkyrie. “I’ve been paid for this,” she retorts.
Thor is then thrown into a circular tunnel of sorts, with motionless bodies scattered around the edges. One of them introduces himself – Korg, voiced by Taika Waititi himself. “I’m kind of the leader in here,” he says, explaining that they’ve all been forced to be gladiators.
Korg himself is in because, he says, “I tried to start a revolution but didn’t print enough pamphlets.” (Imagine Waititi’s character in What We Do in the Shadows as a giant blue rock monster from outer space, and that’s basically Korg.)
Thor tries to run away, but finds himself back where he started. Korg continues talking. “Everyone who fights the Grandmaster’s champion perishes,” he says. “Right, Doug?” But Doug’s dead, having, you know, perished in a fight against the Grandmaster’s champion.
Thor says he plans to fight the Grandmaster’s champion – and what’s more, that he’s planning to win and survive and get out.
“That’s exactly what Doug used to say,” says Korg cheerfully. “See you later, New Doug.”
What Korg doesn’t know that we do, of course, is that the Grandmaster’s mysterious all-powerful champion is, in fact, Thor’s friend from work — the Incredible Hulk.
Even so, we’re getting the feeling it’s going to take some luck and some effort on Thor’s part to survive this one.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters November 3.