IT’S THE TRAILER we all needed, even if we didn’t know it. When the first teaser for

Thor: Ragnarok dropped in April, there was much whoop­ing and hol­ler­ing in the Em­pire of­fice (only some it from me). Num­ber one: HELA! That cos­tume (holy hell, Cate Blanchett). Num­ber two: the hair­cut. Num­ber three: Jeff Ac­tual Gold­blum. Num­ber four: the old friend from work... It was bold, it was funny, it looked com­pletely bonkers and, hey, in the hands of Taika Waititi (di­rec­tor of Em­pire’s film of 2016,

Hunt For The Wilder­peo­ple), what else could we pos­si­bly have ex­pected? We wanted to know more though. Im­me­di­ately. So we despatched Dan Jolin to the set in Aus­tralia to get the low­down from Waititi and his awe-in­spir­ing cast — turn to p84 for the full story.

That’s not the only thing that’s been go­ing on in our world though — there was a tiny event called Comic-con in San Diego. You may have heard of it? An Em­pire crew hopped on a plane and spent four days in­ter­view­ing and pho­tograph­ing the world’s big­gest ac­tors and film­mak­ers in our pop-up stu­dio. There is a full 26-page bumper fea­ture on p57 (you might be able to see the resid­ual sweat) and, while you’re at it, head to em­pire­on­ for re­caps on all of the news from Hall H and be­yond. Comic-con is a great in­di­ca­tor of what the next year or so in movies is go­ing to look like. And, hav­ing sur­veyed the land­scape and what’s wait­ing over the brow of the hill, we can say that by God, it looks good.

With the likes of Black Panther, Ready Player One, The Shape Of Wa­ter, Avengers: Infinity War, Dead­pool 2, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Three Billboards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri all out in the next 12 months, the fu­ture, friends, is bright. Ready? We are. LET’S GO.

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