WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters now.
Thor: Ragnarok was the third solo outing for Marvel's god of thunder, but it feels like the first film in a brand new franchise. Why? Director Taika Waititi stepped in and put his own weird, humorous spin on Asgard and its inhabitants. While Marvel Studios has only ever released a trilogy for any of its characters (Iron Man, Captain America), so where will the Thor franchise go from here?
Ragnarok was such a radical departure from any movie the titular character has been in before, match that with its early success, it seems as if Thor could be the first franchise to contain a quadrilogy. The way the film ended lends itself perfectly for a follow-up movie, as there are so many avenues to be explored. If this was to actually come into fruition, what would we see Thor and co. getting up to next? Join us at CBR as we explore the potential developments for the Thor franchise in the future.
Where Ragnarok Left Thor
First off, let's walk through where Thor: Ragnarok left Thor, Loki, and the Asgardians. Hela returns to Asgard after many, many years away with the intention of fulfilling the Ragnarok prophecy - which will bring destruction upon her home realm. The film ends with Thor himself bringing Ragnarok into action to stop his evil sister once and for all.
Early in the movie, Odin tells Thor that Asgard isn't a place, it's a people - which unknowingly at the time, guides Thor's later thought process and actions. After ushering the Asgardians to safety in a spaceship, Thor tells Loki to unleash Surtur, who ultimately obliterates Asgard. So as the movie concludes, Thor is ruling his people as King of Asgard with his team of Revengers (Loki, Valkyrie, and the Hulk) by his side. Thor even manages to lose an eye when facing off against the primary antagonist, Hela, which sees him donning an eye patch reminiscent of the one worn by his father, Odin.
The mid-credits scene for Thor: Ragnarok saw the Asgardians travelling through space in said spaceship, which is suddenly dwarfed by a much bigger craft. No details or descriptions for this ominous ship are given, but it's a safe bet that Thanos is on board. It was teased that Loki took the Tesseract, otherwise known as the Space Stone, from Odin's Vault before freeing Surtur - so it would make sense that Thanos is hunting the artifact down. This will likely lead directly into Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.