7 Thor: Ragnarok Facts You Need To Know Before The Film Opens

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One of the most anticipated films of the year, Thor: Ragnarok, might end up as one of Marvel’s most popular films, as well.

Not in theaters until November 3, the film is chock full of returning cast members that we’ve grown to love and new cast members that we can’t wait to add to our list of favorites.

Here are 7 things we know about Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 3, 2017!

The Best Marvel Film Ever?

The two trailers that have been released have been very well received and, so far, have garnered over 65 million views. From Thor’s new hairdo to a not-so-watercooler meeting with his friend from work, the internet is already forecasting Thor: Ragnarok as the best Marvel film so far.

Thor: Ragnarok Is Multi-Purpose

In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige said that “Things change drastically in Ragnarok and then build directly into Infinity War.” From the trailer, we know Ragnarok marks the return of the Hulk and, thanks to new Guardians of the Galaxy footage released at D23 Expo this year, Thor also has a run-in with The Milano – literally.

Thor: Ragnarok official movie poster

Returning Cast Members

Chris Hemsworth will obviously return for his role as Thor for the fifth time and thanks to the trailers released, we see Mark Ruffalo’s return as the Hulk.

Tom Hiddleston also reprises his role as Loki and Anthony Hopkins returns as Odin. This means that we’ll finally see the resolution to the cliffhanger ending of Thor: The Dark World where Loki had disguised himself as Odin and took over Asgard.

Idris Elba as Heimdall has also been confirmed.

Odin with Thor and Loki in Thor: Ragnarok

We’re also very excited about the return of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, which was confirmed at the end of his own film during the post-credits sequence.

The return of Natalie Portman is unlikely, so don’t expect it. Ray Stevenson as warrior Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as warrior Hogun are also listed on IMDB, and it’s been reported that both have been seen filming scenes. Left out of the three warriors seems to be Zachary Levi’s Fandral and we don’t yet know the fate of Jaimie Alexander’s Sif.
Chris Hemsworth on that increasingly famous Thor: Ragnarok line: “We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid on set that day. In between the takes I was talking with him, kind-of going back and forth. And he goes, ‘You know, you should say, he’s a friend from work!’ So that young man actually came up with it.”

Impressive List of New Cast Members 

The addition of the gorgeous Cate Blanchett as villain Hela could not have been better cast. Also added to the list of new cast members are Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, and Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric Grandmaster. This is not Goldblum’s first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

(Don’t remember? This is why all true Marvel fans stay until the end of, and for the after credits of, all Marvel films!)

Fun fact: Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has cast himself as the character Korg! 

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters this November

We Know The Overall Plot Of Thor: Ragnarok

Now that we are closer to Thor: Ragnarok’s opening date, we are now more knowledgeable about the overall plot of the film.

After being held a prisoner years, Hela, the goddess of death, is accidentally let loose by Asgard’s new ruler, Loki. Furious after being captive for so long, she basically – and what seems like very easily – defeats Thor in a fight. She also destroys Mjolnir.

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok

Thor is captured by powerful warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and forced to engage in gladiatorial combat on the planet Sakaar. The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) forces him into battle against the Hulk, who’s now one of the planet’s main attractions and treated very God-like. 

We’re not yet aware of how Hulk arrived on the planet. We last saw him saying goodbye to Romanoff at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

He seems to have also lost a bet with someone which led to a much shorter haircut, about which fans were at war with each other.

The film looks to be much more humorous than the Thor films that preceded this one and perhaps – dare we say it? – at the top of the “this is the funniest Marvel film ever” list!

Fun fact: Cate Blanchett is Marvel’s first female on-screen villainess!

Hulk Smash… And Talk?

Hulk like fire, Thor like water.” A bit more evolved than just “HULK SMASH!”

Could we sometimes see Hulk and could we have a bit of Banner’s voice in there?” asked director Taika Waititi during a recent interview at this year’s ComicCon.

I think in this film we’re going to see that for the first time, where the two are fighting — really fighting this time — for control of the body,” said Waititi. “And Hulk talking, this idea of a more cognitive Hulk who can say sentences — that obviously has existed in the comics… It’s exactly what fans want to see, and what I wanted to see too.

Ragnarok Would Be A Cool Band Name

While ‘Ragnarok’ would be a cool band name, it holds actual meaning for the film. According to ancient Norse mythology, Ragnarok was the end of the world, a battle between the major gods and monstrous creatures during which Earth would be destroyed and renewed.

As such, it’s almost a guarantee that the plot of Thor: Ragnarok will be centered around Thor trying to stop Ragnarok from falling onto Asgard and destroying his homeworld and possibly Earth.

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