Disney has finally released a synopsis for Thor: Ragnarok that at least hints at how the movie will tie together the dangling plot threads from Thor: The Dark World, the “Planet Hulk” comic book story and the “Twilight of the Gods” tale from Norse mythology — not to mention a guest appearance by Doctor Strange, the villainous plotting of Hela, queen of the underworld, and, of course, Loki.
Fans have known for some time that these story elements would be involved on the third Thor solo (or “solo”) movie, but not how. Check this out to see if it helps:
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!
This confirms that the popular “Planet Hulk” story from the Hulk’s own comic book will be incorporated in this movie, instead of a Hulk solo flick. In that story, Hulk was imprisoned on the planet Sakaar and forced to fight in an area against powerful aliens. So that accounts for the “gladiatorial contest” in Ragnarok.
And now we know the legendary Twilight of the Gods will be triggered by Hela (Cate Blanchett) in the movie. This is significant because, according to the Norse source material, Thor does not survive Ragnarok (Spoiler Alert: Thor and Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent, kill each other). But, if producers are changing the beginning of the war of the gods, surely they can change the ending.
Plot elements we know about that are not addressed by this synopsis: Where is Odin (Anthony Hopkins)? How big a role does Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) play in finding him? What is Loki (Tom Hiddleston) up to this time? How/why is Thor separated from Mjolnir? How did Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) get to Sakaar? How/why does Hela start Ragnarok?
Maybe when we finally get a trailer — the movie opens Nov. 3 — we will get some answers!
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Hopkins, Ruffalo and Blanchett, as well as Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban.