On November 3, 2017, the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will hit theaters, Thor: Ragnarok. It promises to be an epic movie spread across outer space and one that brings the God of Thunder up against some of his strongest enemies yet. We're pretty excited about the movie here at CBR, and there have been some teases and new information released recently, so we thought it was time to give an overview of what we expect to see.
Thor: Ragnarok has been described as raising the stakes for both Thor and the MCU, taking the hero to a new world where he'll face threats to the existence of Earth and Asgard. There's also an incredible cast with old favorites from the earlier Thor movies, along with new characters and a host of stars like Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett. The movie will also dig deeper into Norse mythology than ever before, bringing more of the Nine Realms onto the screen for the first time. Old friends could die, new friends could rise, and it's all going to lead into the biggest Marvel movie yet, Avengers: Infinity War. Let's talk about what we know will happen and what we're hoping for.
WARNING: This article will have spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: The Dark World.
15 FACT: THOR VS. RAGNAROK
Rumors, leaks and even the official summary have confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok will be about Thor trying to stop Ragnarok from falling onto Asgard and destroying his homeworld and possibly Earth as well. It's going to be Thor vs. the Apocalypse with higher stakes than anyone in the Marvel Universe has ever faced, which means it's going to have a massive impact. We don't know yet how far the story will go towards showing Ragnarok, but we have a pretty good idea of who's responsible.
14 FACT: HELA IS THE VILLAIN
According to reports, Hela will be the ruler of Hel and Niflheim, the Norse realms of the dead, just like in the comics. At the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Hela will have been imprisoned for thousands of years until she is accidentally released. Hela will be the one who tries to trigger Ragnarok, which leads her into conflict with Thor.
13 FACT: THOR LOSES MJOLNIR
In the trailers for Ragnarok, we've seen Hela actually catch Mjolnir in mid-air, something that was thought to be impossible for anyone who wasn't considered worthy. Hela even seems to shatter the mighty weapon, which means he can't just pick it up again. It looks like Thor is going to have his work cut out for him.
12 FACT: PLANET HULK
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is apparently sent to the planet Sakaar, which has the same love of gladiators as the comic series. Without Mjolnir, Thor has to put up with fighting in an arena until he can escape, but discovers his opponent will be the Hulk. No word yet on why or how Hulk ends up on Sakaar.
11 FACT: THE GRANDMASTER
The Grandmaster is a lover of games and gambling who tried to pit teams of heroes and villains against each other, which ties well into Thor: Ragnarok. According to Goldblum and other sources, the Grandmaster will be the ruler of Sakaar, where he's created the arena combat as the ultimate game of chance. He'll be a secondary villain, forcing Thor and the Hulk into mortal combat.
10 FACT: JANE FOSTER'S GONE
That's why it's been bothering fans how little Jane has shown up in the movies. She was in 2011's Thor, played by Natalie Portman and also in Thor: The Dark World, but not in any of the other Marvel movies. It's been confirmed she's not going to be in Ragnarok and it looks like they have no plans to bring her back at all.
9 FACT: THOR LOVES VALKYRIE
In Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie will be a tough warrior from his homeworld who is working with the Grandmaster for unknown reasons. She doesn't think much of Thor, so there seems to be some history there, and we hope the movie will explain why she's on Sakaar instead of Asgard. She's powerful and arresting, so there's no wondering why Thor would fall for her. The only question is whether she'll be a friend or an enemy or an enemy who turns into a friend and more.
8 FACT: DOCTOR STRANGE MEETS THOR
Marvel has confirmed that Doctor Strange will play a role in Thor: Ragnarok, as promised. We don't know how big of a role yet, but we do know that Strange would fit right into Thor's world of magic and monsters. We can assume that Strange will be helping Thor, but whether the doctor will end up on Asgard, Sakaar or just be a brief cameo is an answer we're looking forward to.
7 FACT: ODIN RETURNS
Well, Anthony Hopkins himself later said that Odin was dead, apparently killed by Loki. Still, Anthony Hopkins is confirmed to be in Thor: Ragnarok. The next question was, of course, how is Odin going to be in Ragnarok if he died in the last movie? There seem to be hints that Odin will appear in a flashback showing how he actually died, which should be exciting to see the final moments of this proud Asgardian.
6 FACT: LOKI WILL RULE
It seems like Thor found out his brother was still alive, but doesn't know Odin is dead. Loki might have revealed himself, but not his role in Odin's disappearance. We can also assume Loki is somehow involved in the release of Hela from her prison. We also know he's working with the Grandmaster somehow, as we see Loki being held prisoner on the planet, rescued by Thor and subsequently teaming up with his erstwhile brother once again!
5 RUMOR: MJOLNIR'S FATE
Some have wondered if, as an Asgardian, Valkyrie will end up having the power to lift Mjolnir. That's happened before in Avengers: Age of Ultron when the Vision proved worthy of the hammer. There's also the fact that Chris Hemsworth's contract will be ending soon. With Thor having been replaced by a woman in the comics, Valkyrie could end up as a replacement for Thor.
4 RUMOR: SURTUR
That fits in with the theme of Hela, and Surtur has been one of Thor's most dangerous foes for years, so it's no surprise he would show up in Thor's movie. His role hasn't been fully explained, but we can assume he has some connection to the goddess of the underworld. By now we have all seen the footage from the second trailer of the Hulk falling into a sea of fire that forms a face, which means Surtur might be connected to how the Hulk gets to Sakaar or how they get off... if that demon is indeed Surtur and not just some creature on Sakaar (there are lava beasts on the planet in the comics, after all).
3 RUMOR: THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
The sixth Infinity Stone -- the Soul Gem -- hasn't been revealed, but fans expect it to show up in Thor: Ragnarok, since it's the last film to lead into Infinity War. In the comics, the Grandmaster had the Mind Stone. Since the Mind Stone has already been found, he might have the Soul Stone or Hela might be the one with the stone, which of course would make sense. We'll find out soon enough.
2 RUMOR: THE WORLD SERPENT AND FENRIR
Thor has fought Jormungand several times in the comics, so this would be amazing on screen. While we don't even know if Ragnarok will actually happen in Thor: Ragnarok, it would really amazing if it at least started. The movie could climax with Hela starting Ragnarok like Loki started the Chitauri invasion, and Thor had to fight a massive serpent, while Hulk takes out the giant wolf. The CGI will be working overtime on this one.
1 RUMOR: THOR VS. ZOMBIES
One rumor has been that Heimdall, the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge, would die in the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok. If that's true, then it would be really horrifying if Heimdall rose up as part of Hela's army, forced to fight his former friend. Imagining Thor battling a wave of undead soldiers including Heimdall, especially without Mjolnir, is enough to give us goosebumps.
Scheduled to hit US theaters on November 3, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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