Thor: Ragnarok - the five Kiwis to look out for

Today the latest Marvel movie opens in New Zealand cinemas and it's packed with more Kiwi flavour than any major superhero movie in history.

The film is directed by Taika Waititi of Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople fame and he clearly had some say in the casting, allowing him to bring some of his mates along for the ride.

Weta Workshop helped out on Thor: Ragnarok behind-the-scenes and if you watch the end credits roll you'll see those Kiwi names, but here are the five New Zealanders to look out for in the movie itself:

Taika Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok.

Taika Waititi
Not only did he direct the film, Waititi also put himself in it. It might be hard to see him under those heavy visual effects, but when Korg opens his mouth it's unmistakable and may give some viewers flashbacks to when Jake the Muss spoke in Star Wars.

Karl Urban in Thor: Ragnarok

Karl Urban
This Wellington-born, Auckland-based Star Trek and Dredd star plays Skurge in the new Thor, also known as the Executioner. He dual-wields automatic rifles in the movie which he gives the names Des and Troy - together, they are DesTroy.

Rachel House in Thor: Ragnarok.

Rachel House
After starring in Waititi's Eagle vs Shark, Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople she also voice-acted a character in Moana, which he helped write. Perhaps the man will never make a movie without House in it and that is no bad thing as she kicks serious butt as Topaz. She's the right-hand woman of Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster and she is not to be messed with. 

Cohen Holloway in Thor: Ragnarok.

Cohen Holloway
Another regular Waititi collaborator, this guy is credited as Lead Scrapper in Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor lands on a new planet in the film and is met by a very unfriendly group of aliens - as teased in the trailers - that's where you'll see him.

Sam Neill as Gandalf - not who he plays in Thor: Ragnarok.

Sam Neill
Arguably New Zealand's most famous acting export ever, Neill let the fact he had a cameo in the film slip accidentally last year. Although he became coy about it immediately afterwards, we can confirm he's very definitely in Thor: Ragnarok - but to reveal what his role is would be to spoil.