In support of the Blu-ray and 4K release of Thor: Ragnarok on Tuesday, March 6th, we have a special clip from the commentary track discussing the Australia/New Zealand influence on the space ships in the film, along with a variety of additional AU/NZ fun facts from Taika himself!

1. The horns on Surtur’s helmet were crafted out of an ancient Australian boomerang that the crew received as a gift while filming in Australia.

2. The Grandmaster‘s henchwoman, Topaz, is played by Rachel House. She has starred in many of Taika Waititi’s projects, including Eagle vs. Shark, Boy, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

3. Taika Waititi is a big fan of sketch comedy actor Steven Oliver from Australia’s “Black Comedy” television series and contacted him to be “Cousin Carlo” in a scene with Jeff Goldblum.

4. The scene where Valkyrie opens a bottle with her blade is an homage to the Beth Heke character in Once Were Warriors.

5. Chris Hemsworth loved Taika Waititi so much he shaved an “N” and a “Z” in the sides of his head for “New Zealand.” (according to Taika, at least)

6. Interns from a local Aboriginal community created much of the Hulk parade masks & banner props on Sakaar. Several of the interns ended up getting jobs with the art department.

7. During Hela’s fight sequence against the army of Asgard, she is doubled by the famous New Zealand stuntwoman, Zoe Bell.

8. The colors for The Grandmaster’s ship, The Commodore, were inspired by the Aboriginal flag, while Valkyrie’s ship colors were modeled on the Maori flag. Many of the space ships in the film were also named after cars from the Australia/New Zealand car company, Holden – Statesman, Commodore, Escort, Kingswood, Torana, etc.

On top of that we have yet another insightful clip from the commentary track discussing the Jack Kirby influence on the world of Sakaar, along with concept art, plus a variety of additional comic book Easter eggs from Taika himself!

1. The initial Hela costume is loosely based on the comic design and transitions into the iconic version when she returns to Asgard. Her weapons were based on Gorr the God Butcher’s weapons from the “God of Thunder” comic storyline.

2. Sakaar’s design was taken from Jack Kirby’s artwork. Taika was a fan as a kid and incorporated many shapes and colors from classic comics.

3. The obedience discs are power inhibitors lifted from the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline.

4. The designs of many background characters in Sakaar were also lifted directly from Jack Kirby comics.

5. Traditionally, the Grandmaster in the comics is blue-skinned, but they thought people might tie it back to Jeff Goldblum’s character from “Earth Girls Are Easy.”

6. The characters of Korg and Miek are from the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline. Taika based Korg’s voice on the Polynesian bouncers in New Zealand, many of whom are extremely polite and don’t want to hurt anyone.

7. The large wolf, Fenris, is a great ally of Hela’s in the comics.

8. The mural on the back wall of The Grandmaster’s suite is actual Jack Kirby artwork.

9. After years of fans asking for it, Thor finally got his helmet in the Sakaarian battle arena.

10. Odin’s spear, Gungnir, appears in the background of the throne room on Asgard.

11. Hulk’s Sakaarian wardrobe casual wear is lifted from various Hulk comics.

You can learn more about the making of Thor: Ragnarok from director Taika Waititi on the film commentary track, now available on Digital HD and arriving on Blu-ray and 4K March 6th

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