'Thor: Ragnarok' Toys Reveal a Possible New Villain Named Surtur

Sunday, 09 July 2017 - 6:25PM
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Thor: Ragnarok
Sunday, 09 July 2017 - 6:25PM
'Thor: Ragnarok' Toys Reveal a Possible New Villain Named Surtur
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Thor: Ragnarok has a large group of villains already, between Cate Blanchett's death goddess Hela and Jeff Goldblum's flamboyantly dressed Grandmaster and obviously Loki. But director Taika Waititi's upcoming Marvel film may have room for somebody/something new, as a new tie-in toy line shows off a villain that we haven't seen before. Spoilers below.

Once again, geeky toy giant Funko is the culprit, after they gave us our first look at both Ayesha and Ego the Living Planet in their Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 merchandise. In some new promotional images for their upcoming Ragnarok products, which include Pop figures, "Dorbz," and Mystery Minis, the giant fiery demon was pretty easy to pick out. Meet Surtur:



Based on the ancient Norse fire demon Surtr, "Surtur" wasn't changed much when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought him into Thor's early adventures. As a resident of the realm Muspelheim - compare that to the frost giants' realm of Jotunheim from Thor, or the dark elves' Svartalheim from Thor: The Dark World - Surtur is often tied to the death of Asgardian gods, something a movie title like Ragnarok heavily implies will be the case.

Surtur also makes a small appearance in another Funko figure from the same line, because one of the multiple Thor figures includes him holding the fire demon's helmet/mask/face. What's especially notable is that Thor's hair is long again in this figure, instead of the cropped haircut that Grandmaster gives him before throwing him into the arena. Which could mean Surtur appears before that happens, or there's a time skip in the movie before the final act, one that gives Thor enough time to grow back his blond locks before tackling Surtur.

There aren't too many other surprises in Funko's images - there's a figure for Bruce Banner, who didn't appear outside his Hulk form in the first trailer, but obviously there wasn't going to be a Hulk appearance without Mark Ruffalo.



If Surtur is actually going to be a villain in the movie, that makes him the fourth one to appear, and Ragnarok is running the risk of over-saturation. There's a few ways that the story could get around this - the fact that Thor is holding Surtur's faceplate in one toy could mean that Surtur is only around for a brief moment before Thor wastes him, or it's also possible that he'll be more of a climactic force of nature than a character, much like Dormammu in Doctor Strange.

It's also possible that Surtur may not even be evil, despite being a flaming, demonic skeleton. But hey, if anyone had the guts to pull off a twist like that, it's a more comedically inclined filmmaker like Waititi (see some of his Thor and Darryl shorts for an example of that). We'll find out soon, possibly when Marvel officially confirms the character.

Thor: Ragnarok comes out November 3, 2017.

Via: Nerdist
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