More and more excitement coming out of today's Marvel Event: alongside Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Inhumans and Doctor Strange, the third installment of the Thor franchise was also given a release date: [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858) will premiere on July 28, 2017.
Hinted at already by Chris Hemsworth himself, Kit picked up the story and accurately guessed (along with the rest of the internet, to their credit) that the film would hit in 2017, but now we have full confirmation on it.
According to Hemsworth, we're going to see Thor change quite a bit as we move into Phase 3:
[Age of Ultron] gave us room to kind of make him a little more grounded and human and have him in some civilian clothes and mixing it up at a party. I want to do those scenes more. It’s what I loved about the first [Thor film].
... I like where Thor has been taken in this. He sort of sees a whole other side to what’s going on in the conflict, and another potential threat. And he kind of segues a bit and has his own little sort of journey.
While there's no sign of Loki, Thor's popular antagonist brother, for [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), this of course doesn't rule him out for Ragnarok. While my personal hopes for this film include a storyline about Beta Ray Bill and Lady Sif going on an awesome adventure, we're likely to see what's happened since Loki took the throne under Thor's nose at the end of [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462).
A quick brush of Norse mythology, which Thor spins off of, gives us a little insight on what might happen:
Ragnarok is the doom of the gods and the humans. It will be the final battle between the Aesir and Jotuns. The battle will take place on the plains called Vigrid. Surt the fire giant, setting the world on fire.
Of course, fans of the comic remember Ragnarok as a clone of Thor gone wrong during Civil War, hunting down and attempting to murder all anti-registration heroes. He's disabled by Hank Pym, but it turns at that this version of Pym was a Skrull impersonator, and Ragnarok returns thanks to a really convoluted on/off system built into him by Skrull-Pym. He teams up with Baron Von Strucker, who officially names him Ragnarok, and goes on to wreak havoc until Thor, well... easily puts him down.
Whether or not this is the storyline we'll see is still up for debate, but the way it seems to tie into Phase 3 seems to work with what's being set up so far.