It sure sounds like Thor: Ragnarok (opens in new tab) will have far-reaching implications for the MCU. Not only was Thor’s hammer Mjolnir seemingly broken in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer (opens in new tab), Kevin Feige is starting to paint a picture of how important the Thor threequel will be on the grander stage of the MCU.
Speaking to the Toronto Sun (via Heroic Hollywood (opens in new tab)), Feige was asked whether Ragnarok would be the end of a trilogy and, characteristically, he led us down a trail, dropping a few golden breadcrumbs: “I think that we are finding ourselves as we complete Phase 3 and finish this 22-movie narrative that it’s working out that [Ragnarok will be the end of a trilogy]. We did three Iron Man films, three Captain America films, three Thor films. Things change drastically in Ragnarok and then build directly into Infinity War.”
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Things change drastically, you say? Surely Marvel won’t kill off any main characters this close to such a gigantic crossover event, but I do wonder whether Thanos will rock up towards the movie’s conclusion. Especially as Thor is within close proximity of an Infinity Stone (opens in new tab) (and possibly two if the whereabouts of the Soul Stone are revealed).
Building directly into Avengers: Infinity War (opens in new tab) is probably the most interesting tidbit, though. It can be too easily to read between the lines with some of Feige’s comments – and he sure does love throwing a few curveballs – but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Infinity War pick up right where Thor: Ragnarok leaves off.