2017 will be the first film to have 3 installments in the Marvel Universe instead of the usual 2. The third one of the year will be Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok still does not have an official trailer, or many images released yet, but there have been a few things revealed about it. A few things are that the Hulk will be in the film, Hela, played by Cate Blanchett will be our first female villain in a Marvel Movie, and Doctor Strange will help Thor find his dad. We also know Tessa Thompson will play Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum will play the Grandmaster, and Karl Urban will play Skurge.
Now, we have the official synopsis for the film.
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!
In this description, we get the set-up of the film and likely how certain characters will play off each other. If you don’t want to have the potential plot revealed through speculation, consider this a SPOILER WARNING. The Grandmaster will run the Gladiatorial games that Thor and Hulk must escape in the first act of the film. Then, Thor will need to work with Loki, as we’ve seen in pictures, to find the lost Odin in New York in the middle of the film. Doctor Strange comes in here. Then, all will team up, along with Valkyrie and Skurge, to fight Hela and save Asgard.
If that essentially describes the movie, It sounds like it could work really well. It seems like a uniquely Thor story, but also includes some elements of Planet Hulk in a creative way. Not only do we have a great cast and a talented director, but the elements of the story, if executed with enough emotional weight, could make it the best of the Thor movies, and a fantastic entry in the MCU.
There are still many questions left, like how the Hulk got there, as well as what motivates Hela to destroy Asgard, among others. Let’s hope they leave some mysteries for when the film opens November 3, 2017.