Fans have known for a while now that "Thor: Ragnarok" is going to be borrowing some key plot elements from the iconic "Planet Hulk" storyline, but now there is further confirmation that the film, including much of its gladiatorial combat action, will take place far from Earth.
In a recent interview with ScreenRant, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that Earth only appears in about three scenes in the entire movie.
Speaking from the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Feige said, "I don’t know about branching off from this, but certainly ["Thor: Ragnarok" will be] inhabiting similar areas... A lot of our upcoming movies will. I mean the upcoming movies will be as much up here, as they are on Earth, starting with not 'Spider-Man,' starting with 'Thor: Ragnarok.'"
He went on to say, "There are three scenes on Earth in 'Thor: Ragnarok.' Everything else is Asgard, and not all of these worlds, but world[s] that certainly, let’s put it this way, in Thor lingo, it’s beyond the nine realms. There are other planets that we spend a lot of time on in 'Thor: Ragnarok,' that certainly people would say, ‘oh, that’s sort of like the Guardians world’, but they’re just other areas of the Marvel cosmos universe.”
Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban and Mark Ruffalo, “Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters on November 3.