I know, I know. Captain America: Civil War is so close you can taste it, and then we have X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, and Doctor Strange to look forward to after that. But we're not forgetting about the next — and likely final — piece in the Thor series of films, the long awaited Thor: Ragnarok which is set for release November 3, 2017.
We're still in the pretty early stages with Ragnarok right now, with some of the previous cast members of the series such as Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins not even sure if they're returning for the threequel. There's no news yet regarding the script but — as Kevin Feige told Collider — filming is expected to begin this June in lead actor Chris Hemsworth's native Australia.
Thor: Ragnarok has a lot of weight to pull, as it continues the story of Thor Odinson and Asgard following both the events of Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Dark World saw the death of Thor's mother Frigga (Rene Russo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) sitting on the throne in the place of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and Age of Ultron foreshadowed dark times ahead for Thor in his Scarlet Witch-induced vision.
So what are we most looking forward to from Thor: Ragnarok? Well random citizen, I'm glad you asked. Here's the top three things we want to see in the Thunder God's next outing — tell us yours in the comments below!
A Real Odin vs. Loki Showdown
Thor: The Dark World ended with a cliffhanger as Loki sat on the throne in the guise of Odin, and since we didn't see any Asgardian shenanigans during Age Of Ultron, what exactly happened to Odin at the conclusion of The Dark World has yet be addressed.
Theres been a lot of speculation that Loki finally went ahead and offed the All-Father during The Dark World, especially following Hopkin's remarks that he may be done with the franchise. Marvel's Kevin Feige, as usual, is keeping it all under his hat at the moment:
"Like all of our plans at Marvel Studios, we know where we would like to go if given the opportunity. We have very good ideas whether the All-Father is with us or not. Clearly I like the notion that some people think he might die in [The Dark World]. That works to our advantage. I wouldn’t spoil that necessarily."
We'd be very surprised if we didn't see Odin appearing in Ragnarok. Though he's not quite as prevalent in the MCU as he is in the comics, his character is still a pretty huge deal in the Marvel mythology, and having Loki kill him off-screen would be a really underwhelming way to end things. Also — it's Anthony-freaking-Hopkins, he deserves better than that.
In the comics Odin "dies" fighting the legendary fire demon Surtur during Ragnarok, and ends up trapped in a limbo state akin to the Norse concept of Heaven, in which he battles eternally with Surtur to keep the demon from coming back into the realms.
Surely we aren't the only ones who thinks this would be a much more awesome way for him to go out during Ragnarok?
What Happened To Heimdall?
In 'Watch Your Six' — a deleted scene on the Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD extras which takes place the morning after the party happens and Ultron escapes — there's a pretty intriguing reference made to Idris Elba's Heimdall, the all-seeing guardian of the Rainbow Bridge.
This takes place during a conversation between Thor and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans):
Steve: [to Thor] "Any help from on high?"
Thor: "Heimdall's either away from his post or he's been ordered not to answer."
So, what in the Hel is going on in Asgard then? Thor hasn't returned to his homeworld since the events of The Dark World, leaving Loki to wreak havoc from his new found position, so anything could've happened in the interim.
The fact that Heimdall — the all-seeing gatekeeper — was unable to come to the phone right when Thor called for help during Age of Ultron means that things are definitely not okay back in Asgard. This, coupled with his later vision of a decaying Asgardian party, are what prompts Thor to jet off back home at the conclusion of Age of Ultron.
This deleted scene reference also ties in with the aformentioned Scarlet Witch-induced vision, as we see a cloudy-eyed Heimdall who claims that Thor is damning them all to hell or — more likely — Hel.
Could this be a reference to Hela, the ruler of Hel and Niflheim, who Cate Blanchett is rumored to be portraying in Thor's next solo outing? And how does this tie into Heimdall? Hopefully we'll find out in Ragnarok.
An Infinity Stone (Or Two)
If you remember the post-credits scene of The Dark World you'll know that Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) delivered the Aether — the Reality Stone — to the Collector (Benicio del Toro) for safekeeping. And if you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy you'll remember that his base was all but destroyed by the Power Stone.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has previously stated that the Collector possesses more than one base in which to store his collection. But the fact that the same cocoon (Adam Warlock's?) was seen in the base in both The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy means it's entirely possible these are the same place.
If it does turn out to be Adam Warlock's cocoon that we saw in the collection, could he have made off with the Aether? He is a character very closely linked to the Infinity Gems in the comics, so it wouldn't be a stretch to do so.
The Aether is sure to resurface soon though, as it will play a key role in the upcoming The Avengers: Infinity War.
And then there's the two stones we're still waiting to see come out and play — the Soul Stone and Time Stone. While it's looking like we might see the Time Stone popping up in November's Doctor Strange, could one of them show up in Ragnarok?
Again, if Warlock is in play the Soul Stone is likely to show up, as he's commonly been the possessor of that particular Infinity Gem, but then that could also be saved for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
What do YOU want to see in Thor: Ragnarok? Tell us in the comments below!