Warning: Thor: Ragnarok spoilers abound! It was early 2016, and Eric Pearson was practically living at the Frank G. Wells Building on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, camped out in his office until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. The screenwriter, who’d risen through the ranks of the Marvel Writer’s Program, was nearing completion on an early draft of a script for Thor: Ragnarok, the threequel currently thundering all over the worldwide box office.
It was 2010, and Eric Pearson had spent the past eight years working menial gig after menial gig — from pizza delivery guy to messenger to ticket-taker at an arthouse theater in West Hollywood, the closest the aspiring screenwriter could get to the film industry. “It was close, man,” Pearson told Yahoo Entertainment last week at a coffee shop in Beverly Hills, on the day Thor: Ragnarok, the first movie for which he’s been the central writer, opened across the world. Pearson, who’d already given up his dream of becoming an actor (“I was just bad, I know it now, too, and I probably even knew it then,” he laughed) and studied screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, had one last shot to escape the unsustainable clutches of the minimum wage.
Thor: Ragnarok is the third standalone adventure featuring Marvel’s Asgardian God of Thunder — and also the third Thor movie (after 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World) to feature a gratuitous shot of star Chris Hemsworth sans shirt for an extended scene. “And then [director] Taika Waititi came up to me and was said, ‘Ah, I feel like we got to put it in there. As Hemsworth stated at the top of the interview, he was asked by Thor director Kenneth Branagh to do a “shirt off” scene in the first film, and Hemsworth told MTV in 2013 that Marvel consigliere Joss Whedon suggested they add a similar sequence to Dark World.
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Thor: Ragnarok , the threequel in the ongoing saga of the Asgardian Avenger, finds our hammer-less hero (again played by Chris Hemsworth) trapped by a cosmic being and forced to fight his not-so-jolly green friend, the Hulk (with Mark Ruffalo back as Bruce Banner). Meanwhile, across the galaxy, Thor’s homeland is facing destruction. Along with returning characters like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Anthony Hopkins’s Odin, and even Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, the film introduces Cate Blanchett as the death-goddess Hela and Tessa Thompson as Thor’s formidable ally Valkyrie. ...