Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has officially started production in Australia. Given the time difference, that means Day One is already done and the call sheet has gone out for Day Two. Director Taika Waititi has shared the first photo from the set featuring a very informative set of chairs.
We’ve known about the cast for Thor: Ragnarok for almost two months, but much of the crew has been a mystery. Thanks to the director’s photo, we now know the department heads he is working with and a new writer for the screenplay.
The production designer, Dan Hennah, will be of particular interest to fans who’ve been waiting for the Thor franchise to look and feel more like Marvel’s answer to The Lord of the Rings. Hennah actually has a Middle-earth pedigree, having served as the production designer on The Hobbit trilogy.
Here’s the thing: Thor isn’t The Lord of the Rings, which is why Marvel’s never really tried to make it into a knockoff of Peter Jackson’s films. Don’t expect Hennah to just copy over what he did in The Hobbit, as he and his director will want to do something unique for Thor: Ragnarok. What matters is that Hennah clearly has the skill set to design something just as amazing (yet different) for Marvel’s biggest fantasy franchise.
Eric Pearson is on board as a screenwriter. He’s obviously been attached to Ragnarok for longer than a day, but this is the first time I’ve seen him mentioned as a writer for the film. Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, and Stephany Folsom were all previously reported to have worked on the script and will likely still be credited, but Pearson is the one on set.
Pearson’s name should sound familiar to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. Most recently, he’s been a writer and story editor on Marvel’s Agent Carter television series. Before that, he wrote several Marvel One-Shots, the short films that used to be attached to MCU Blu-ray releases. Pearson wrote the screenplays for The Consultant, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, Item 47, and Agent Carter. Pearson is now continuing his MCU ascent.
Visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison has worked with Marvel Studios on several films already. He’s been done visual effects work on Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers before taking the top VFX supervisor spot on Thor: The Dark World and Ant-Man. He’s also a LOTR alum, having served as a lead compositor on The Two Towers.
Morrison is paired with visual effects producer Cyndi Ochs. As part of Weta Digital, Ochs worked on each film in the original LOTR trilogy. She was Weta’s head of production for the latter two Hobbit films, as well as Furious 7 and the final Hunger Games film.
Executive producer Tom Hammel is new to Marvel. Most recently, he’s served in the same role on the last two Planet of the Apes films. Fellow EP Brad Winderbaum started with Marvel Studios as a co-producer on The Consultant and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer before executive producing a few more Marvel One-Shots: Item 47, Agent Carter, and All Hail the King. Winderbaum’s feature film credits include being a unit producer on Iron Man 3 and co-producing Ant-Man.
Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok won’t be in theaters until November 3, 2017. In the meantime, you can see Taika Waititi’s new film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, in select theaters now. See the list of participating theaters below or click here for more information.