The cat’s out of the bag for a major plot twist in Thor: Ragnarok. Can the movie recoup its credibility at the box office?
The moment that spoiled the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie was a surprise for everyone, not least its actors.
It was during a routine interview that the host of Aussie television show The Project asked a seemingly innocuous question that made star Chris Hemsworth (Thor) see red.
“You can’t say … you can’t give that away,” he fumbled, attempting to keep his composure. “It’s not live, is it? We can rewind?”
But it was live, and it didn’t take long before the news of the gaffe circulated the World Wide Web.
Rubbing a little salt in the wound, co-star Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner) didn’t exactly help things either when he accidentally live streamed the first 20 minutes of the film at the premiere from his jacket pocket.
Yet in the digital age, spoilers are everywhere, and they’re nearly impossible to avoid.
Thor: Ragnarok is in good company. Cast Away (2000) famously dropped a clanger when it revealed Tom Hanks’ escape from his desert island prison in its trailer, while the most recent season of Game of Thrones fell victim to hackers, who leaked the plot of a key episode.
It’s perhaps Star Wars fans who have had it hardest: with Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), the soundtrack’s release revealed the death of a key character before the movie dropped. Capitalising on the dismay of fans years earlier, before hotly anticipated Episode VII – The Force Awakens released in 2015, social media site Reddit had already divulged the demise of another fan favourite. But, with the latter grossing almost two billion dirhams in its opening weekend, the film’s figures escaped relatively unscathed.
For Thor: Ragnarok, at least, this was not the first time the film had its thunder stolen before release: in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, the second in the series, actor Clive Russell let out a blunder when he inadvertently revealed details of a post-credits scene featuring Benicio del Toro.
And while some comic book fans were likely not that surprised by the plot twist this time around, the movie’s devotees were furious. So what will await viewers who make the trip to the cinema despite the leak?
The movie opens with our familiar super-strong hero – and don’t worry, no spoilers here – stripped of his usual strength, his hammer and imprisoned on the other side of the universe. As Asgard comes under threat, Thor has to save his home and people from destruction at the hands of a new, ruthless force.
With early reviews letting on that the latest Marvel movie is a sidesplitting departure from its predecessors courtesy of Kiwi director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), if they don’t watch for the plot, theatregoers can at least enjoy the laughs.
Also starring: Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins and Jeff Goldblum
Running time: 130 mins
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