The first two Thor movies are widely considered the , so it's up to the upcoming threequel to deliver a decent vehicle for the Norse god. The studio has enlisted New Zealand director Taika Waititi to mesh his unique comedic skills with the blazing, interdimensional action we've come to expect from the franchise, making a much more promising prospect than its two predecessors.
There's still scant details officially released by the studio in terms of Ragnarok's plot, but based on tidbits here and there we know that the film won't spend much time on Earth, instead focusing on Thor's efforts out and about in the galaxy. But he won't be out there alone, as the movie has A LOT of The Hulk in it.
Marvel head Kevin Feige says the film "impacts everything that comes after" the MCU, so this could be the Thor flick to pull out all the stops and truly cut loose. And you know what that means: new scenarios and new characters to encounter as he tries to figure out Thanos' plan. Who will be on hand to help him, and who will be there to try and take him down? Read on and find out about all the characters.
Chris Hemsworth is Thor
The ripped Asgardian returns. C'mon, you didn't think Chris Hemsworth would hang up Mjolnir now did you? After taking an MCU breather, Thor continues on the journey he started in Age of Ultron. Thanks to that , we now know what he was up to during Civil War - trying to not piss off his new housemate while figuring out who the giant purple guy in the floating chair is. After having that hallucinatory bath in the presence of Stellan Skarsgaard, he's eager to find Thanos and play whack-a-baddie with his hammer.
Tracking down interstellar villains ain't easy though. Thor will join forces with another Avenger during his journey. Yes, I'm talking about The Hulk. Hemsworth says exploring the relationship between his character and the green giant "would bring something different out of the characters." He may potentially turn to Doctor Strange for guidance as well, which syncs up with set photos released showing Thor in jeans and a t-shirt in New York City.
"There is definitely a goal to do something unexpected in the third one and really mix it up," Hemsworth explains to . "There is so much exposure on that character and you just don’t want him to be predictable... but I think we want to get back to more of a sense of adventure and fun in the third Thor.”
Tom Hiddleston is Loki
At the end of The Dark World, Loki assumes control of Asgard while masquerading as his father Odin. It's a dastardly scheme - exactly what we've come to expect from the cheeky chappie. As for his part in Ragnarok, it's uncertain how he'll manage to smooth things over with his brother once Thor realises that Odin isn't Odin. Based on photos showing the siblings , it could be they're looking for their father down there, and that's how they overcome their differences. Again.
Still, Hiddleston reminds of his character's notorious bad luck. "The last time Loki and Hulk were in the same room, it didn’t go very well for Loki. So, he’s got a few chips on his shoulder, but it’s fun, you’ll see." It wouldn't be a surprise to see him in cahoots with the film's villain and if that's the case, it probably won't go well for him again: . Don't fret! While it's likely his Thor tenure is up after Ragnarok, he refuses to say whether or not he's in Avengers: Infinity War. Does he need to though? Everyone's in it.
Mark Ruffalo is Bruce Banner/Hulk
Like his Asgardian chum, Bruce Banner sat out the events of Civil War after jetting off to parts unknown and effectively blowing any chance he had with Black Widow. How exactly does he factor into Thor's story? Well, we know that the two Avengers will buddy up, and for part of the film embark on a "cosmic road trip", from the comics. Rumors suggest that Thor encounters Hulk taking part in gladiatorial games run by the Grandmaster (more on him later) and based on , it looks as if that's confirmed.
that Banner and his alter-ego are on what he dubs a "collision course," "He’s always been running from him or trying to deny it but they are coming for a collision course with each other... the only person in the world that The Hulk is scared of... is Banner". While it sounds like we're in for a major moment of self-discovery for Banner, it's likely that it won't be resolved in Ragnarok. Hulk's new story arc kicks off in this film and stretches across both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4.
Cate Blanchett is Hela
It was back in December 2015 that Cate Blanchett would be playing Valkyrie, one of Thor's pals from the comics. But that early word proved to be way off base, as the Oscar-winner is actually playing Thor's enemy, "" named Hela, who's the Asgardian goddess of Death. She wears a lengthy cloak and an imposing headdress, creating a menacing figure that's necessary as she rules over two divisions of the underworld; Hel and Niflheim. It's expected that she might start to toy with the Valkyries, whose duties involve shuttling people's souls to Valhalla.
She's also the daughter of Loki - but as the MCU takes many liberties with the source material, we can rule out the chance of Blanchett playing Hiddleston's child. What's more likely is the pair joining forces to do battle, as the trickster god has a habit of teaming up with powerful allies. at Hela starting a war while Thor and Loki are on Earth, and only later is it confirmed that he's in on her plan. It's also that part of her plan is to take control of Asgard and in the process she offs one of Thor's good friends and destroys his hammer. Doesn't she sound just great?
Jeff Goldblum is Grandmaster
The Grandmaster is a sly, conniving figure from the comics, who spends untold eons learning the art of game-playing. He's mastered them all. , who's never really gone full-on evil before in any of his major roles so it'll be a new experience to see him being a meanie. The character's Marvel history shares direct ties to the imminent events in the MCU, as he is an Elder of the Universe who once possessed an infinity stone that he lost to Thanos. Might we see him battle with the purple tyrant in the third Avengers movie? Maybe, if he's not too busy being gluttonous.
"[Grandmaster is] a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker", . "He’s an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘I can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching. [Waititi] is encouraging me to improvise and make it my own, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I hope he doesn’t throw me out on the first day!"
Tessa Thompson is Valkyrie
Now that Natalie Portman's officially out of the MCU entirely, there's a sudden need for more women in Thor's supporting line-up. Creed star Tessa Thompson , whose name happens to also describe what she is. She's one of the warriors who ferries souls to Valhalla - so it's possible she could come under the influence of Hela. Although, don't think she can't handle herself - .
In addition to bringing a richness of diversity to Thor's world by changing her comic book ethnicity - she has blonde hair, blue eyes on the page - Valkyrie will also don a new look. According to , she will be "wearing war paint on her face, much like a Native American warrior". Valkyrie's said to also be on hand as a love interest for Thor, but hopefully that won't be all there is to her, as Thompson's .
Karl Urban is Skurge the Executioner
Star Trek Beyond's Karl Urban . Skurge the Executioner is a bulky, brutish sort, who's often brought in to do the heavy lifting. While he undergoes many redemptive arcs in the comics - at one time he buddies up with Thor to help him with Hela - it's likely that Urban's version of the character is gonna be all bad. His history is a complex one, like most comic book characters, with a half-Frost Giant heritage that makes him a rather scary figure. Oh, and he carries a massive axe too.
Anthony Hopkins is Odin
Last we saw of Anthony Hopkins' Odin, he wasn't his usual self as Loki had taken over as the Ruler of Asgard, impersonating his father. In the MCU, there hasn't been a peep from Odin, but if is any indication he's just fine. Yeah, the All-Father's chillin' out in New York City pretending he's not an incredibly powerful being from another realm. What's going on?
If we take an educated guess, it could be that once Loki took over in his place, the real Odin was somehow cast out of Asgard and banished to Midgard. Hence, Thor and Loki come looking for him on Earth. Without any real confirmation we don't know for certain if that's the case - heck, that could still be Loki faking it as his dad.
Jaimie Alexander is Sif
Shortly after Thor: The Dark World hit theaters Jaimie Alexander seemed happy to see how it fared at the box office before committing to another Marvel movie. At that time in her career she was also so, you know, the world was her oyster! But DC's loss is Marvel's gain as Alexander is set to return for Thor's third outing. The actress confirmed the news herself at Comic Con 2015 saying she returns at "a very pivotal part" of the film. Might she make the ultimate sacrifice for her one true love?
Idris Elba is Heimdall
Idris Elba's Heimdall is like a badass doorman. Except he doesn't keep yobs out of clubs, he keeps megalomaniac villains out of ENTIRE REALMS! He's a steely character, who's also shown remarkable compassion and warmth toward Thor even when he puts Heimdall in an awkward position. That's what makes this rumor about his Ragnarok role sting. say that the Asgardian sentry won't survive the movie, as he gets in the way of Hela trying to take over as Asgard's ruler. It's not confirmed, and won't be until the film arrives in theaters, so for now prepare to say goodbye to Heimdall.