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What is the Story Behind the “Friend From Work” Line in Thor Ragnarok?

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. It is the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the sequel to Thor and Thor: The Dark World. But did you know that one of the comedic lines in this movie came from a child?

A child’s wish to visit the set of Thor: Ragnarok was granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Thor should say “He’s a friend from work!” when he sees Hulk enter the arena on Sakaar.

The Plot of Thor Ragnarok

In this particular Marvel film, Thor is stuck on the other side of the universe in the weird world of Sakaar, four years after fighting the Dark Elves and two years after the battle in Sokovia. Meanwhile, a new threat emerges as Hela, the Goddess of Death, seizes control of Asgard and plots to enslave the entire cosmos.

Thor must engage in a gladiator match against the Grandmaster’s reigning champion to return home. Thor has no idea that the champion is none other than his old friend and fellow Avenger, The Incredible Hulk. Thor must team up with The Incredible Hulk and his devious brother Loki to return home to Asgard in time to confront Hela and avoid Ragnarök, Asgard’s impending annihilation. (Source: IMDB)

Where Did Chris Hemsworth Get the Infamous Line From? 

Taika Waititi, the film’s director, has previously stated that much of Thor: Ragnarok was improvised, but the scene in which Thor first sees the Hulk in a gladiatorial arena and refers to him as a friend from work came from an unexpected source.

On that particular day, we had a young child, a Make-A-Wish kid, on set. He goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work!’

Chris Hemsworth, American Actor

The line appears to have worked, as it was one of the most memorable moments in the first Thor: Ragnarok trailer. The second trailer, which debuted at Comic-Con International: San Diego and can be seen above, expanded on the scene by Thor informing the Hulk about events that have occurred since the Green Goliath vanished at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, including the destruction of Asgard at the hands of Hela. (Source: Comic Book)

How Well Did Thor: Ragnarok Do at the Box Office?

Thor: Ragnarok earned $315.1 million in the United States and Canada and $538.9 million in other markets, totaling $854 million worldwide. According to a Fandango survey from September 2017, Ragnarok was the most anticipated fall film. The picture grossed $25.4 million from IMAX screenings on November 3, 2017, surpassing Doctor Strange as the most for a November weekend.
By the end of its third weekend, the picture had grossed $650.1 million worldwide, exceeding the totals for Thor and Thor: The Dark World. It went on to become the ninth highest-grossing film of the year. After accounting for the film’s production budget, prints and advertising, talent participation, and other costs, as well as box office grosses and ancillary revenue from home media, Deadline Hollywood calculated the film’s net profit to be $174.2 million, ranking it eighth on their list of 2017’s Most Valuable Blockbusters. (Source: Forbes)

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