Third Time’s the Charm, Thor Ragnarok is Taking Over

The God of Thunder join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011. It’s 2017 and Thor Ragnarok is here to blow things up. Need a little refresher before seeing the new film? Let’s do a little recap.

Thor Ragnarok: Continuing the MCU Adventure

Thor Ragnarok is the third film in Thor’s side of the MCU. It’s the fifth film in the portion of movies that Marvel calls Phase Three, and it’s the seventeenth film in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. You could probably see the movie on its own and enjoy it, but a lot has happened to lead up to this film. We’re not just dealing with Asgard, we’ve got the whole nine realms to cover.

Thor

Thor has been missing from the MCU for a decent chunk of time. We last saw him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch gave him a vision of destruction that be believed would be because of the Infinity Stones. Worried that someone has been behind the emergence of these powerful stones, Thor set off to find out who and we haven’t seen him since.

Loki

Loki is ever the trickster. He helped his brother in the second Thor movie back in 2013. He appeared to die in the process of helping to fight against Malekith. The ending of the film showed us that the Odin we saw in the throne room talking to Thor was actually the trickster in disguise. Of course that can’t last forever and we’re sure Odin will be less than thrilled with his adopted son taking over the throne.

Odin

Speaking of the Allfather, from the bits we know of Ragnarok, Odin has been hidden away on Earth. Clips from teasers and trailers seem to show that Thor will drag his brother with him to find his father, but they’ll have a confrontation with Hela. In the mythology, Odin is one of the gods who dies because of Ragnarok. Will we see the true end for the Allfather?

Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch’s doctor will get an appearance in Ragnarok. The post credit scene of his solo movie showed Thor visiting him. Strange is less than thrilled at the idea of Asgardians on Earth and agrees to help Thor so they can “promptly” depart the planet.

The Hulk

The big green monster last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. After helping save the day, Hulk hopped into one of the Quinjets and flew off. We hear that supposedly the jet crashed but of course the Thor Ragnarok trailers tell us otherwise. Somehow the Hulk has ended up out in space on the alien planet Sakaar. He has been fighting as a gladiator for the character Jeff Goldblum plays, the Grandmaster.

Others

We should see some other characters like the warriors three and Heimdall, though sadly it’s looking like the Lady Sif is not in that list. Neither will Thor’s previous love interest, Jane. Natalie Portman won’t be playing the character again it seems and in the MCU, Thor and Jane aren’t together anymore.

The God of Thunder and the Hulk: A Colorful Friendship

Thanks to the directorial style of Taika Waititi, this third entry into the Marvel franchise for the God of Thunder looks like it’ll be a ton of fun and a true callback to the Kirby era. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige even said that the film is a love letter to Kirby’s vision.


 

Thor and Hulk, his “friend from work,” get to pal around together in this film. I’m all in for a buddy movie featuring those two. We also get some interesting brand new characters with Valkyrie, Hela and the Grandmaster.

The movie looks bright, funny and will dive even more into the original source mythology. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a series of events, including a great battle, foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures. In some versions of the mythology, three of the nine realms collapse. Afterward the world resurfaces anew.

A Hit in the Headlines

The initial reception for the film has been positive. It’s sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes!

James Dyer from Empire says it’s “Daft as a badger sandwich and twice as funny, this is vintage Waititi, and the boldest, most outrageously fun film Marvel has yet produced.”

 
Michael Ordona on Common Sense Media calls it “The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most audacious entry so far, Thor’s third stand-alone movie goes there with wild, bold choices — and it succeeds, epically, on many levels.”

 

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