Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is being released in Japan as Mighty Thor: Battle Royale, an alternate title that may be every bit as good as the original.
News of the change comes from C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s Shanghai-based senior vice president of creator and content development, who posted a photo of the film’s Japanese poster on Instagram. “As ‘Ragnarok’ is not a familiar term in Japan,” he wrote, “the upcoming movie is being called ‘Mighty Thor: Battle Royale’ here!”
The localized title clearly focuses more on Thor’s time on the planet Sakaar, where he and the Incredible Hulk are among those fighting in the arena for the Grandmaster’s amusement, than on Hela’s plot to destroy Asgard.
It’s common practice for Japanese film titles to vary from the originals, sometimes in astonishing ways. The Fast and the Furious series is known in Japan as Wild Speed, with The Fate of the Furious called Wild Speed: Ice Break. Both of the previous Thor films have been titled Mighty Thor, with Dark World attached to the sequel.
In theaters Nov. 3, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin
(via Comic Book Movie)
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