Marvel Studios kicked off the new week with the release of the first teaser trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third film in the god of thunder’s movie franchise. Along with the returns of the trickster Loki and sentry Heimdall, we also got the first really great looks at Cate Blanchett’s Hela, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, Karl Urban’s Skurge, and a very special appearance by the Incredible Hulk.
From Asgard left in ruins to broken hammers to winged horses, there is a lot to digest in the nearly two-minute long video. In case you need help recognizing some key moments, or are afraid you may have missed something important, we’ve got you covered with a full trailer breakdown.
Welcome to Hel, Thor
The very first image we see when the trailer begins is Thor in chains, dropped into a dark world filled with lava and demons. This can only be one place: Hel, the underworld kingdom of the film’s villain, Hela. Thor, with noticeably long hair, asks the question that is sure to be on the lips of those viewing: “How did this happen?” How could someone as mighty as Thor be left chained and sent to the underworld? While it’s only a short scene, it shows how dire the odds are against Thor to come out on top. To further drive home the importance of the locale, later in the trailer it appears another hero, Valkyrie, is banished to Hel as well.
Blanchett makes her presence felt as Hela right away as she confronts Thor on the streets of Midgard. Judging by, again, Thor’s hair, it’s safe to assume this takes place early in the movie, perhaps immediately after the mid-credits scene of “Doctor Strange” when Thor seeks out the Sorcerer Supreme’s help in finding his father, Odin. Either way, Thor wastes no time in attacking Hela, hurling his enchanted hammer Mjolnir directly at her. In one of the trailer’s most shocking and impressive moments, Hela easily catches Mjolnir mid-flight and shatters it with her bare hand, displaying just how powerful an adversary she is. Thor’s trusty weapon is left in a rubble of Uru on the city street.
“Asgard Is Dead”
Not content to take down the mighty Thor, Hela finds herself invading the hallowed gates of Asgard. An overhead shot shows the majestic realm before Hela is confronted by what looks like every able-bodied soldier the city has to offer. Hela stands confidently before them all, uttering the words “Asgard is dead.” From there, she draws her sword and a black storm engulfs the city, leaving decay and destruction in its wake. It should be noted that we never see any recognizable Asgardian figures like the Warriors Three or Sif in this scene. If everyone is wiped out when Asgard falls, do they count among the deceased? This leads right into our next moment….
Burning Of The World Tree
As Asgard is destroyed, we can see one important piece of plant life is vaporized in the process. Though not named explicitly in the trailer, it’s safe to assume from its prominent position in the scene that it’s Yggdrasill, the world tree. What makes the tree so crucial is that it’s the connective and supportive tissue that links all of the nine realms together through its roots. If Yggdrasill is no more, what does this mean for the rest of the remaining eight realms, and will it’s death have repercussions that extend beyond the story of “Ragnarok” and into the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War?”
Thor Banished To Sakaar
When Asgard burns, we see Thor attempting to stand as the hellish blaze destroys everything around him, an indication that despite his defeat on the streets of a Midgardian city, he is there in person and is forced to watch his home be taken from him. Next, Thor falls from the sky and lands on a wasteland planet that looks like a junkyard, aka to Sakaar, the planet last seen in the Marvel Comics storyline “Planet Hulk.” We’ve known for quite some time that elements of “Planet Hulk” would be adapted for “Thor: Ragnarok,” and we see some of them here in the form of various technological vehicles and the alien beings that take Thor captive prior to Valkyrie dragging Thor to her spaceship.
A Fallen Valkyrie
Speaking of Valkyrie, earlier we referenced how she may have been sent to Hel. Looking more closely at that scene, which looks like a flashback sequence, we see Hela locked in battle with women riding winged horses, which lines up with the modus operandi of the valkyrie warriors. Norse mythology states that the valkyrie serve Odin by riding through battlefields and escorting slain warriors to Valhalla. Here, Hela tosses her sword at one of the valkyrie (the Valkyrie?), and in the next scene a woman that looks a lot like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie falling in slow motion, albeit in what appears to be a different outfit than we see Thompson’s character wearing at other points of the trailer. Could Valkyrie now be under the control of Hela?
Final Stand Of The Executioner
Karl Urban only appears in one quick shot as Skurge, the Executioner, but it is reminiscent of Walt Simonson’s famous depiction of the Asgardian god’s final stand. Though Skurge traditionally stands firmly on Hela’s side, he may find himself mirroring his comic book counterpart by switching teams before the film concludes. His appearance here indicates as much, as it mirrors Simonson’s classic nine-panel page in which Skurge lets loose with a firearm in each hand, sneering as he obliterates a swarm of Hel’s demons.
Heimdall Sees More Action
Asgard’s gatekeeper and guardian, Heimdall, probably believes himself a failure after letting Hela get past him and destroy his friends and home. Thankfully, unlike Sif and the Warriors Three, we have confirmation that Heimdall survives the destruction of Asgard, as we witness him slice and dice an attacking creature in the trailer. Aside from one action scene in “Thor: The Dark World,” Heimdall hasn’t gotten to participate in many fights in the Thor films, so this is a welcome change of pace for Idris Elba fans itching to see the actor take on a proactive role in the MCU. As we see him minus his traditional Asgardian armor, it’s possible Heimdall finds himself on Sakaar along with Thor.
Which Side Is Loki On?
One can never tell exactly whose side Thor’s brother Loki will find himself on. When we last left the god of mischief in “Thor: The Dark World,” he was disguised as Odin and ruling over Asgard, a role that appears to have fallen to the wayside in the months since. Is he working hand-in-hand with Hela to bring Asgard crumbling down? Or is he standing alongside his brother? Loki has been known to work with Thor, but it never lasts for long. Depending on which soldiers we see in the image above, Loki could be allied with either Asgard or Hela. Also, there may be a third contender when the Grandmaster makes his grand introduction. At one point in the trailer, Loki can be seen sitting with the Grandmaster in his gladiator suite, but is it as honored guest, or captured foe?
Remember earlier when we mentioned Thor’s hair? Well, as we’ve seen in earlier photos from the film, we can indeed kiss it goodbye! Before the Avenger is sent into the Grandmaster’s gladiator pit, he’s given a new look, including a close-cropped haircut, war paint, and weapons to replace the destroyed Mjolnir. In short, Thor will have to rely on his many years as a fighter — and go-level strength, of course — to defeat whatever it is he’s up against.
Thor vs. Hulk
We’ve known for some time that “Thor: Ragnarok” will co-star Bruce Banner as the Hulk, who will be joining his Asgardian fellowship Avenger for a cosmic buddy road trip of a movie. Here, we see the two Avengers meet face-to-face as opponents, forced to fight, presumably to the death. Of course, before the battle begins, Chris Hemsworth proves “Thor: Ragnarok” will still have elements of the infamous Marvel humor when he exclaims, “YES!” at the sight of the Hulk. Sensing the arena’s audience’s confusion, Hemsworth explains, “We know each other. He’s a friend from work.” This reunion isn’t enough to satisfy Hulk, however, and the two friends charge one another, prepared to trade mighty blows.
Much like how Scott Derrickson brought Steve Ditko’s visuals to life in “Doctor Strange,” director Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” gives off the most Jack Kirby feeling of, well, any Marvel movie to date. The film definitely has the most vibrant colors, oddball characters and unique designs of any Marvel film next to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Whereas the competition’s movies are covered in darkness and shadows, “Ragnarok” embraces its comic origins, bringing Kirby’s unmistakably unique sense of design to the big screen in a way we’ve never seen before.
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson, “Thor: Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo and more. It opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.
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