Last Tuesday I attended the Thor Ragnarok LA Premiere. It’s not every day that I get to screen my favorite superhero movies. Hell, half the time I’m too busy to even catch them in theaters. But going to a red carpet premiere? Watching a film for the first time among the very talent who brought it to the screen, now that’s like a once in a lifetime chance.
I’ve been fortunate to be invited to several premieres over the years. You might remember Cinderella and Alice Through the Looking Glass, but this was my first ever Marvel film premiere. Not to mention, my first ever Marvel film premiere of my favorite superhero of all time, the Mighty Thor. So what went down on the red carpet?
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Thor: Ragnarok LA Premiere – Red Carpet Highlights
First, let me set the scene of the Thor: Ragnarok LA Premiere red carpet for you. They are not all like this, but for the most part, there are four main sections. You have the outer flank where the press has assigned positions so they can get their photos and do their interviews. You have the center where the talent, filmmakers, execs and their families/publicity teams walk as they get photographed and interviewed.
Then you have the other outer flank where everyone else is loading into the theater and taking pictures of celebrities and themselves along the way. There are security guards telling you to move as they try to get everyone in place. In short, it’s chaotic. But I love it. It’s exciting and a lot of fun to see the stars from the film, their amazing outfits, and charisma. And there are always some cool finds along the way.
Looking for interviews? Check out my interviews with President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Director Taika Waititi, Karl Urban (Skurge), and live on Monday at 9 am EST Rachel House (Topaz). You can also check out my coverage of the media press conference here.
Check out the celebrities who attended:
Seen: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Sunrise Coigney, Director Taika Waititi, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Lou Reffigno, Ray Stevenson, Chris Hardwick, Lydia Hearst, Tim Tebow, Jon Favreau, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Winston Duke, Matt Damon, James Gunn, Jennifer Holland, Zoe Bell, Adrian Dev, Rashaad Dunn, Camryn Howard, Benedict Wong, Michael Pena, Chris Sullivan. Kevin Feige, Annie Wersching, Rachel House, Rob Liefeld, Garrett Clayton, Executive Producer Louis D’Esposito, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, Executive Producer Victoria Olonso.
Beyond loads of celebrities, the red carpet had a couple other things in store
Sakaar: At the end of the red carpet was a massive set for photo ops complete with actors. The area was designed to represent Sakaar. I hadn’t seen the film yet so I wasn’t sure who these strange beings were at the time, but I didn’t hesitate to catch a photo with friends.
Toys: There is usually one or two vendors on the carpet giving out swag of some sort. For this event, there wasn’t any swag but there was a really cool merch table from Comicave with giant characters I had never seen before. I absolutely loved them! Apparently, they are hitting major retailers this year so keep an eye out for these. I sure will be!
Stage Presence: Since this was my first Marvel premiere I had a different experience than other premieres. Apparently, this is a standard thing, but the cast and filmmakers came out on stage to be introduced. I thought that was really cool in case you missed them in them among chaos on the red carpet. Plus it was a great way to get a full view of their red carpet look.
Costumes: There was only one costume as far as I could see and it was Chris Hemsworth’s Roadworn costume. I was lucky that I spotted it on my way out. I did not see it beyond the crowd coming in.
I was able to catch Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Taika Waititi (Director) after the premiere. They were both super cool to take a picture with me for the blog. And I do mean SUPER cool as these events are always crazy busy and they have little to no time for chit chat. But they were both happy to lean in for a snap for my story. Thanks, guys!
See the Official Thor: Ragnarok Trailer here:
Film Synopsis: The film review is under embargo until October 19th but I can tell you the synopsis in case you’ve missed it. According to the trailer, the Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe. He finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
See the Marvel Studios coverage of the Thor: Ragnarok LA Premiere here:
Overall the Thor: Ragnarok LA Premiere was exciting and eventful. The red carpet looks were incredible, the photo ops were plenty and the film was unimaginably fantastic, but you’ll have to wait for my review on October 19th.
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