It's been a while since we caught up with Thor. Marvel's Asgardian warrior played his part in the underwhelming Age of Ultron, but was weirdly absent from Captain America: Civil War (perhaps because, had he been there wielding Mjolnir, it really wouldn't have been much of a war at all).
But Chris Hemsworth's Norse god of thunder is a vital part of the fabric of the #MCU, and his absence has been felt, so the knowledge that he's back in 2017 with Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the loose Thor 'trilogy', feels like mighty good news.
Let's take a look at everything we know about #ThorRagnarok so far, from rumors to trailers, spoilers to fan theories. The latest news updates will be posted below.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer
Check out the official, record-breaking first Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer below.
'Thor: Ragnarok' News & Rumors
5/5/17: Is Valkyrie Also In 'Avengers: Infinity War'?
It seems Tessa Thompson's fearsome warrior Valkyrie is sticking around in the MCU. An Instagram user posted a selfie taken with Thompson in Edinburgh, where the Avengers: Infinity War shoot is currently ongoing. That all but guarantees that she makes it out of Ragnarok alive, and could also be a sign that there'll be a fourth Thor movie somewhere down the line. Epic news!
3/9/17: Brand New Ragnarok Images Reveal Hela, Grandmaster & Valkyrie!
The hype train is accelerating, y'all. Check out these awesome new images of various Ragnarok newcomers including Hela (Cate Blanchett), Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and the warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who looks pretty badass.
Check out more images in the section 'Thor: Ragnarok' Characters.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Release Date
Whether you're holding out for Thor: Ragnarok as potentially the best Marvel movie of the year, or you're equally stoked to see Guardians Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming first, you've got pretty much the whole of 2017 to wait this one out and get on board that hype train.
In the US, the Thor: Ragnarok release date is November 3, 2017. Audiences in Germany and the UK can catch in a week earlier on October 26, 2017.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Plot & Story Details
We've been drip-fed a few details over the last year which, together, provide a hint of what to expect from Thor: Ragnarok's plot, without revealing too much or spoiling the story in any way. It's been described as a "road trip movie" which features Bruce Banner/Hulk heavily, and 80% of the movie apparently takes place on Asgard or in the wider cosmos, with just a few sequences set in New York City.
We know that from the #DoctorStrange post-credits that in the Big Apple, Thor attempts to find his father, Odin, on the promise that they remain off-Earth thereafter.
Now we have an official synopsis courtesy of Marvel which confirms that the plot adapts elements of the iconic Planet Hulk comic book arc:
In '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!
While that doesn't clarify where Doctor Strange and Odin fit into the tale, it does make Ragnarok sound very promising indeed, both fun and high-stakes, which isn't something Marvel has always managed to balance. Fingers crossed.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Cast
The Thor: Ragnarok cast is really quite exciting.
Returning from Thor and/or The Dark World are Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston (as Loki), Idris Elba (as Heimdall), and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, the Asgardian king whom Thor is on a mission to locate.
Previously featured in other Marvel movies but new to the Ragnarok cast are Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
Entirely new to the MCU are Cate Blanchett (as Hela), Sam Neill (role unknown), Jeff Goldblum (as Grandmaster), Karl Urban (as Skurge) and Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Characters
Loki, it seems, is not a villain this time, but an ally for Thor in the search for Odin and the fight against Hela. Little is known about Skurge just yet, but Valkyrie is also an ally for the Asgardian, although she would rather forget her own Asgardian heritage. Hopefully she and Hela get a killer one-on-one fight scene.
Jeff Goldblum plays the Grandmaster (who looks very little like the Grandmaster of the comics), ruler of the planet Sakaar where Hulk and Thor are forced to fight as gladiators. Described as a hedonistic pleasure-seeker who enjoys playing games and manipulating lesser lifeforms.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Villains
As mentioned above, several Thor: Ragnarok characters are new to the MCU, but it's Hela, Blanchett's supervillainess and goddess of death, who's likely to have the biggest impact on the story. Check out our first official look at Hela:
Hela has been imprisoned for a vast period of time, and upon being "accidentally" released, acts on her desire to wipe out Asgard. She's only the second primary female villain in the MCU (the first being Ayesha in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2), so fingers crossed Marvel puts a little more effort in than they usually do with their bad guys.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Spoilers
If you're the type of person who craves spoilers before a movie hits theaters, you might get lucky and find a few Thor: Ragnarok spoilers leaking online in the months before the movie's November release.
As always, I'd suggest going in blind — Marvel movies are always best when they pack a surprise or two. Still, any major, credible spoilers will be posted right here nearer the time.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Theories
Many of the Ragnarok fan theories currently swirling around the internet concern the probability that it will contain one of those Infinity Stones being desperately sought by Thanos as the MCU gears up for Avengers: Infinity War.
- Is The Final Infinity Stone Hiding In 'Thor: Ragnarok'?
- Do Hela Or Heimdall Really Have The Soul Stone?
Another concerns the possibility that Cate Blanchett's villainess Hela may actually be an alias of Mistress Death, Thanos' great love — click below for more...
This section will be regularly updated with the latest Ragnarok theories.
'Thor: Ragnarok' Comic Books
If you're looking for some reading in advance of Thor: Ragnarok, comic books 'Thor' #80-85 feature the titular villain (who isn't in the movie, as far as we know right now), while 'Incredible Hulk' #92-105 features the Planet Hulk story arc (which can be bought on Amazon in one book, and is well worth it).
Where Can I Watch 'Thor: Ragnarok' Online?
Clearly, seeing as it's not released until late 2017, you won't be able to watch Thor: Ragnarok online from the comfort of your own home until the following year. A Blu-ray and digital release should be on the cards for May 2018. We'll let you know whether Ragnarok will be available to stream on Netflix or Amazon when the time comes.