Marvel Studios may be riding high off the success of Captain America: Civil War, but as always the studio and its fans have their eyes firmly set on the future. Thankfully that future looks pretty bright, especially for director Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok.
The upcoming film got a pretty warm reception at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and while we don't know exactly what's going to happen on-screen it seems like the pieces for a perfect adventure are all lined up.
Out of the loop on this epic adventure? Well, you're in luck, because we're gearing up for the God of Thunder's next solo outing with a rundown of everything we know about Thor: Ragnarok.
Get Ready For A Hulk/Thor Roadtrip
For many fans, the most interesting aspect of Ragnarok is Bruce Banner/the Hulk's role in the film. Mark Ruffalo revealed his involvement in the movie long before Marvel's official confirmation, referring to the story as a "universal road movie" with the Hulk and Thor teaming up for a wild adventure.
But what exactly is the Hulk doing in this one? Well, many have speculated that the team-up would be inspired by Marvel Comics's Planet Hulk story, which saw the Green Goliath rocketed to a savage planet where he was forced to battle in a gladiatorial arena. And Marvel basically confirmed that rumor at SDCC by revealing some killer gladiator armor and weapons the Hulk will use in the film.
Ragnarok's been shooting for about a month now, and Mark Ruffalo's just wrapped production. That would seem to indicate that Bruce Banner is a side character in the film, though we could see a lot more of the Hulk. After all, the monster is a CGI creation, and while Ruffalo's done motion-capture for the character before another performer could step into the role for the remainder of the production. Or maybe the production doesn't need motion-capture to guide all of the Hulk's actions. Either way, we can't wait to see how the Hulk and Thor come together for this galaxy-hopping thrill ride.
New Characters Joining The MCU
Thor's next adventure will include more than just the Hulk. Ragnarok will add some new Asgardian powerhouses to the series as well as a powerful cosmic being that could play a major role in MCU's future.
Cate Blanchett is set to play the villainous Hela, the Goddess of the Dead who we suspect is the film's main antagonist. She'll be joined by Karl Urban as Skurge, a fierce warrior and frequent Thor adversary in the comics, as well as the warrior demon Surtur. Thankfully Thor will have some help from Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, a powerful warrior who's been both his ally and love interest in the comics.
Perhaps the most interesting addition is Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, an ancient intergalactic gamesman with ties to the cosmic powers of the Marvel Universe. Goldblum's expressed that he's playing the character as a "hedonist" and "pleasure-seeker," meaning we should get a truly wild performance. And considering the Grandmaster's cosmic background, he could provide a connection to Thanos and the Infinity Stones — which we expect to see leading up to The Avengers: Infinity War.
Don't Worry, Loki's Coming Back
Loki's been a standout character in the MCU since his first appearance in Thor, and thankfully Tom Hiddleston is returning to the role for Ragnarok, though it's unclear what Loki's up to this time.
As fans will recall, the closing of Thor: The Dark World found Loki use his shapeshifting abilities to impersonate Odin as the ruler of Asgard. Anthony Hopkins is confirmed to return as Odin in the film, though it's unknown if we'll see the return of the real Odin or if Hopkins will just play Loki's imposter. Though given Hiddleston's casting it seems obvious that Loki will drop the act at some point.
In addition to Hiddleston and Hopkins, Idris Elba is also returning as Asgardian watchman Heimdall.
That New Logo Looks Sick
Plot details for Ragnarok may be scarce, but there's one thing we know for certain — the movie's logo looks awesome. The film's original logo was typical for the Thor films, with an ancient rune inspired design, but the new one breaks the mold with an '80s retro feel. Marvel Studios revealed logos for several of its upcoming films at SDCC, and excluding that for Black Panther they all have similarly colorful designs.
Could Ragnarok Be Thor's Last Adventure?
With plenty of new characters, Hulk news and a sweet logo reveal, Marvel's diverted attention from the film's lead character. Unsurprisingly, Chris Hemsworth is returning in the role of Thor, but things might be a bit different this time around.
We know that Thor's ditching his flowing blonde locks for a shorter haircut this time around, which could be a major signal of the danger to come. The new look appears inspired by Marvel's upcoming The Unworthy Thor series, which will find the warrior cast out of Asgard after being deemed unfit to wield his mighty hammer Mjölnir.
Ragnarok signals the end of the world in Norse mythology, and many have theorized the upcoming movie will see the end of Thor as we know him. That would hold true if the style change lines up with the comics. Perhaps the film will see Thor deemed unfit to wield Mjölnir, allowing the powerful weapon to be passed on to another warrior.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017. Are you excited for the God of Thunder's upcoming adventure? Let us know in the comments below.