When Thor 3 was announced as Thor: Ragnarok many keen Marvel fans were immediately given a sense of what to expect - destruction is in store for Asgard, the lives of many of the characters living there, including Thor himself, are in jeopardy and it promises to be EPIC. Even Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige did some requisite hyping of the movie by saying:
"This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and impacts everything that comes after."
Preparing for Thor: Ragnarok
So now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has revealed its secrets, what do we know about the future of The Thunder God and his extended family on Asgard? The whammy that Scarlet Witch put on Thor was definitely a revelation for the big guy - complete with a prophecy-like vision of the Infinity Gauntlet and lots and lots of doomsday and death talk from Heimdall.
Perhaps most intriguing in all of the news surrounding Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor was the reveal from Feige that there are two gloves, or Infinity Gauntlets, out there - which makes so much sense it seems silly to have wondered about it - Thanos has the left hand and the right hand is in Odin's vault on Asgard (along with the Tesseract, or Space Stone, for those keeping track). That's a lot of power being kept on Asgard and it's likely that guys like Thanos and Loki aren't going to sit around and see it not get put to use.
Thor: Ragnarok By the Books
The most obvious inspiration Thor 3 could take would be the storyline from the early to mid 2000s that saw Odin dying (check), Thor reclaiming the mantle as Asgard's ruler, Loki seeking to take Thor down by calling upon Surtur, the fire giant that has been hinted at previously in the Thor movies, which begins that "Ragnarok" that Loki was always doomed to start in Asgardian prophecy. Throw in some Infinity wheeling and dealing between Loki and Thanos and you have yourself a solid Thor 3.
So who is going to make it out of Thor 3 alive when all is said and done? I mean, it can't be a real Raganrok if no one dies, right? Let's take a look at the usual suspects and their odds of making an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.
If anyone has a target on their back, it's this guy. Not only was he the walking and talking dead guy in Thor's vision, he's one of the unlucky ones to perish in the aforementioned Ragnarok of the comic books. The only thing keeping Heimdall alive by the end of Thor 3 would be because his death would be a little too obvious and expected.
If you really want to give Thor a Wilhelm Scream moment it would as he's kneeling over the lifeless body of Lady Sif. If Thor needed any extra motivation to open up some heavy duty Thunder God sized cans of whoop-ass, what better excuse than to seek some bloody vengence for the death of Lady Sif.
The Warriors Three
Volstagg, Fandral and Hogan all have some pretty uncertain futures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, Asgard could pop up again in one or both of the Avengers: Infinity War movies but that doesn't mean these three guys are going to be hanging around for comic relief. If Asgard has a team of expendables, it's these guys.
Avengers: Age of Ultron certainly hinted that Jane Foster is still in the picture for Thor and as the closing chapter in the Thor trilogy, we'll probably be revisited by Jane Foster and her science pals Erik and Darcy. This is a tough one to call since Jane Foster is definitely still a big part of the Marvel comic universe and I sense plans for this character in the future. Maybe not the same female Thor plans the comic books have, but plans nonetheless.
This guy could even be considered a bigger fan favorite than Thor himself. While Thanos dealing out some death to Loki could make for some of the most powerful stuff to appear in a Marvel movie thus far, I don't think there's any way we'll see Loki bite the big one in Thor 3. After all, they already played a death scene for him in Thor: The Dark World and since Tom Hiddleston has two more on his contract after Thor: Ragnarok I don't think they'll play that card again.
There have been more than a few Ragnaroks in the pages of the holy Marvel comic books and Thor has "died" more than a couple times over the history of the character. One of the interesting twists Marvel puts on the death of Thor is that it can end up causing the guy to be a mortal. This would certainly be an interesting twist to the characters future. But who are we kidding - Thor and Vision are the best shots we have at defeating Thanos! And like Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth also has two movies on his docket after Thor 3 - so one way or another Thor lives on.
What do you think? How do you like the odds of the Asgardians of [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858)? How likely do you think Lady Sif and Heimdall are to make it out of Thor 3 alive? Lay down your own odds in the comments section below!