First off, I'd like to say that it feels great to finally join Moviepilot as an author! This is my first article, so take it easy, guys!
So, we're all super hyped-up about the upcoming blockbuster out of the super awesome awesomeness that is [Marvel](channel:932254). That just goes without saying! One of the biggest questions Marvel fans have been asking themselves, though, is this: who is going to die?
Before we enter contemplation on the inevitable death of certain Avengers, let's take a look at the death count among the protagonists so far, shall we?
Frigga's death came as quite the surprise to all of us watching [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462). The mother of Thor and sorta-kinda-not really mother of Loki died a horrible death protecting Jane Foster from the Dark Elves in their invasion of Asgard. One of the saddest scenes in any Marvel movie, in my opinion, was the beautiful Asgardian funeral. Rest in peace, Queen Frigga.
And... that's it. That is literally the only major death among the protagonists in the MCU. Have there been close calls for the rest of our heroes? Yes, of course. But that's just it, they were nothing more than little 'ha, gotcha!' things from the creators. Now, onto the main point!
Thor will die in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
That's right, you read that correctly! The God of Thunder will be struck down in the highly anticipated Avengers sequel. I can hear you all shouting at me that it has already been revealed that Thor simply leaves the Avengers midway through the movie, as revealed in the leaked Avengers 2 scene where Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are chopping firewood at a barn. Let me clarify something, all that scene says is that Thor will leave temporarily after an encounter with the Maximoffs. And he WILL be coming back. To quote Stark: "Thor didn't say where he was going for answers?" The very fact that he left to find answers implies that he will return when said answers have been found. Therefore, his death in AoU is still a very real possibility.
Back to the theory.
We already know that [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858) is scheduled for release on November 3rd, 2017, so we can be assured that we will indeed see the golden-haired Avenger again, regardless of death between now and then. So, again, you're all telling me that Thor is automatically safe from death in AoU. Wrong. Are you seriously telling me that all these resurrections and fake deaths in the MCU haven't seriously altered your view on deaths of our favorite superheroes? Thor is a god, pretty easy to resurrect. Kapeesch?
Let's take a look at the comic book storyline Age of Ultron. It is specifically stated that Thor has been killed by Ultron. Shocking, yes, but true nonetheless. So we know that it has happened before in a different version of the Marvel Universe.
Now let's take a quick trip into Norse mythology!
Valhalla is described in Norse Mythology as being a hall where Odin houses the worthiest of deceased Asgardian warriors until the apocalyptic day comes to Asgard. The name of said apocalyptic day, you ask? Ragnarok. Ring any bells?
For those of you who haven't quite connected the dots yet, here it is!
Thor dies nobly fighting alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and the rest of [The Avengers](movie:9040). We are all left in our seats with tears as our beloved Mighty Avenger has been struck down by the murderous Ultron. The movie ends with the remaining Avengers defeating Ultron, possibly with a few more paying the ultimate price, and its over. Roll credits.
Post credits scene begins, revealing Hiemdall, also in tears as he has watched his great friend die. He reports to Odin's throne room, and delivers the news of Thor's fate to Loki, who is disguised as Odin as was revealed at the end of Thor The Dark World. Hiemdall leaves, and Loki reveals himself, with that sly smirk on his face. With Odin nowhere to be found and Thor dead, he is now truly the rightful King of Asgard.
Several years pass in our time, and it is now November 3rd, 2017. Thor Ragnarok is released, and we all flock to the theatres. The opening scene details a prophesy about the fall of Asgard, and is then followed by Odin's voice giving a brief review of Thor's life and death over a black screen with flashes of memories from Thor's life.
Then the black fades out, and Thor wakes up in... wait for it... Valhalla.