Thor: Ragnarok Set to Include Planet Hulk’s Sakaar

It was confirmed quite a while ago that the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok would be using elements from the fan-favorite Planet Hulk, but in the latest issue of Total Film (via MCU Exchange) director Taika Waititi has confirmed that the planet Sakaar will be central to the film.

“Sakaar was just an insane, far-off, furutistic place which was the biggest shift for the film and these characters,” the director said.

Sakaar in the Planet Hulk storyline was located next to a wormhole in space, resulting in the planet becoming home to refugees from other worlds, and giving its gladiator games a host of different aliens to compete against each other.

Waititi also confirmed that the visual style of artist Jack Kirby was a big influence on the film, saying: “I was really excited when Kevin and the rest of Marvel jumped on board with the idea to use Kirby as a big influence in the design of the film. What’s really hard is staying authentic.”

Thor: Ragnarok will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself, with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins again portraying Odin. Cate Blanchett plays the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, Jeff Goldblum stars as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban will add his might to the fray as Skurge. Also among the cast is Sam Neill, reuniting with Waititi, who directed him in his previous film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and his Jurassic Park co-star Jeff Goldblum.

Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee. The screenplay hails from Stephany Folsom, Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost.

Thor: Ragnarok will smash its way into theaters on November 3, 2017.