The amusing origin story behind the spaceship names in Thor: Ragnarok

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Oct 18, 2017

The Thor: Ragnarok press tour continues in the lead-up to the film's release early next month, and we're slowly learning more and more about how the God of Thunder's third solo adventure got made. Just a few days ago we found out about how the Hulk wound up in the flick, and now we're learning about a slightly more subtle detail: How the film's spaceships got their names.

As you may have noticed from the trailers, this is a very cosmic movie. It's not just Thor hopping on the Bifrost and going to whatever realm he chooses. There are planets and aliens and, of course, spaceships. Director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) had the task of bringing all of these ships to the screen in a way that, previously, only James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) had really done on such a large scale for Marvel.

In a new interview for triple j in Australia, Waititi — who was embarking on his first major American blockbuster film with Ragnarok — explained how he added extra comfort to the filmmaking process by packing it with tastes of home (Waititi hails from New Zealand). So, he hired local Aboriginal and Maori (Waititi has Maori roots) actors for the film, recruited local interns for the film's Australian shoots, and even allowed local filmmakers to come and observe the production.

 

He also dropped in some easter eggs for himself throughout the film, including the names of the spaceship. According to Waititi, they're all named after classic models released by Australian car manufacturer Holden.

"All the spaceships are named after Holdens. The Commodore...and the big ship at the end is called the Statesman... and then there's like the Torana, Kingswood...And then the ship that they fly out on, the Commodore, we basically just took all the colors from the Aboriginal flag, and like rearranged everything around the design of the ship. So it's red, black and yellow. So yeah, the heroes of the film are escaping from this world on the Aboriginal flag."

Big superhero blockbusters like Ragnarok can often gain a reputation for being too homogenized, too much of filmmaking by committee. With this film, Waititi clearly took every opportunity he could to inject his own personality into it, and that should make for a very exciting product. Check out his full remarks below.

Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters November 2.