Few creatures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are as feared and ferocious as Fenris, Hela’s savage wolf-mount. The creature was the goddess of death’s companion during the early days of Asgardian colonial expansion, and no doubt helped her and Odin to shed an unreasonable amount of blood. Thor: Ragnarok proves the creature has still got it, even after being dead for millennia. Fenris is revived by the Eternal Flame and immediately gets to wrecking house.
Hulk takes on the massive wolf in the seas of Asgard during the film’s climax. At first, it seems as though Fenris has the upper hand; he’s able to bite through Hulk’s nigh-impervious skin, but as we all know, pain only makes for an angrier Hulk. Mark Ruffalo's Green Goliath delivers a blow so powerful that he actually knocks the wolf off the face of the world. Yeah, he’s probably not coming back from that.
Make no mistake: The destruction of Asgard marks a major change for the Marvel Cinematic Universe power balance. The flat, utopian world is leveled by Surtur as part of an ancient prophecy that Thor, Loki, Valkyrie and Hulk allow to be fulfilled so they can end the reign of Hela before she is able to extend her destruction to the rest of the Nine Realms. Asgard has stood as a protector of those realms for millennia, and with it gone, they're now left vulnerable.
At one point, the comics saw Asgardian refugees flee to Earth to form a New Asgard, but the mid-credits scene has some wondering if they’ll even get that far.
Thor has a penchant for losing an eye in the comics, so the fact that he loses his right one in Thor: Ragnarok seems long overdue. The moment comes toward the end of the film, when Thor and Hela are going toe to toe. Hela slashes Thor’s right eye with a Necrosword, forcing him to later don an eye patch much like Odin’s.
Does this herald the coming of Rune King Thor or the aged King Thor? Probably not, but it’s a great way to cap off the character’s journey over the course of five films. The god of thunder has, after all, gone from an entitled brat in Thor to the King of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok. It seems only fitting that he would lose an eye, making him all the more his father’s son.
Hela … Maybe?
We’re not here to debate biology. The question “can the embodiment of death die?” is one meant for philosophy classes and late-night dorm debates. All we can say is that Hela had a giant fiery sword plopped right down on top of her at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. And then Asgard blew up, with her on it. The goddess of death is very strong (she proves as much throughout the movie), but there’s a different between strength and surviving, like, 5,000 neutron bombs going off in your face.
As with any villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s a good idea to never believe reports of one’s demise without first seeing a body, but it seems as though Hela is as good as dead.
In theaters now, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.