Director Taika Waititi has revealed that his vision for Thor: Ragnarok was influenced by the '80s sci-fi cult-classic Flash Gordon.
In an interview with ScreenRant, Waititi explained how the decades-old film guided the swashbuckling humor and vibrant colors he wanted Ragnarok audiences to experience when it came to fighting Hela and partnering with Hulk on the planet Sakaar.
"You know, the tone and the colors, definitely the colors sort of how bright and in your face that film is," he said, explaining why influence Flash Gordon had over his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "The soundtrack as well, sort of got similar feels to it. That film was actually the only film I ended up showing the H.O.D.s before we started shooting."
Introduced in 1934, Flash Gordon is the hero of the popular comic strip by legendary cartoonist Alex Raymond, which dealt with the title character and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov trying to liberate the planet Mongo from Ming the Merciless. It was adapted as a movie in 1980 starring Sam Jones and Max von Sydow, and featuring a soundtrack by Queen.
Arriving Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.