Whenever a Hollywood movie production takes to an overseas location to shoot a number of scenes, especially if they are exterior shots, the locals are sure to troop to the streets to catch a glimpse of the film’s stars. Brisbane in Australia was no exception when recently, Marvel Studios set out there to film outdoor scenes for “Thor: Ragnarok”, yet another upcoming film in the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film series, based on superheroes from Marvel Comics.
For the shoot, portions of Brisbane were converted into New York City – a regular practice for Hollywood and American TV shows; parts of the “Ghostbusters” remake were filmed in Australia too.
Already New York yellow taxis and US-style police cars drive along the streets of the outdoor location set. But much earlier, production units of the film have already been set up in Queensland for months to film scenes in Asgard, the otherworldly realm that is home to Marvel superhero, Avenger and Norse thunder-god Thor Odison, played by Chris Hemsworth.
Busy Brisbane is a different animal from Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios, with businesses and residences to placate over the noisy set construction and film photography. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Marvel Studios film location manager Duncan Jones has spoken to the neighborhood on behalf of the producers, pleading for patience until the film shoots are completed. In his statement, Jones asks, “Whilst we will make every effort to reduce disruption, please anticipate short delays due to traffic detours and traffic and pedestrian hold and releases. These delays are necessary to maintain public safety throughout filming, and we kindly ask for your patience.”
But if there’s anything that could instantly calm down any protests from locals at the racket, it’s them being able to catch glimpses of the movie’s stars filming their scenes. Already they have been able to see Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, who plays Thor’s brother and nemesis Loki, on set as they prepare for filming. Granted, they’re dressed (disguised?) in civvies and not their trademark godly garb, but that’s probably what the script calls for in this set.
Marvel Studios have done an exceptional job in keeping the film’s story under wraps, but released material states that Thor is up to battle against a truly apocalyptic threat, in keeping with the movie’s subtitle of “Ragnarok”, the Norse version of the end of the world.
Also starring in Thor’s third cinematic adventure are Sir Anthony Hopkins as the Allfather Odin (though events from the last film “The Dark World”, leave his identity suspect); Cate Blanchett as Hela Goddess of the Norse underworld Nifleheim, and Mark Rufallo as Bruce Banner, aka the Incredible Hulk.
“Thor: Ragnarok” opens in cinemas in 2017. You can catch “Doctor Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch this November while you wait.
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