Thor: Ragnarok is going even more cosmic than its two predecessors, and from what we've seen, it has the largest continuity scope in the MCU to date, referencing events from all across the 10+ movies. As we learned from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, the space setting is a prime opportunity for Easter Eggs and connections. Fortunately, director Taika Waititi and the folks at Marvel are taking full advantage of that, as we saw in the latest trailer, which featured nods to several famous comic book characters.
Here's the thing though: The movie's references won't be limited to comic book lore. As we just discovered, #Thor's third solo adventure will feature a huge link to a past Avengers adventure, one that could have important ramifications to the story. Empire Magazine released a batch of new pictures from Ragnarok in their latest issue (with the pictures courtesy of Twitter user SuperBroMovies):
Most of the pictures, while beautiful, aren't particularly exciting, since they feature the characters in situations we've already seen them in, like Thor and Loki in New York City presumably looking for Odin, Valkyrie looking into the distance and Grandmaster doing... whatever the #Grandmaster does. But there's one picture that stands out because it features a connection to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Hitching A Ride In Ultron's Ship
Look closely at the image showing Thor inspecting a ship's control panel. That ship is the Quinjet Hulk kicked Ultron out of and subsequently used to get away from the #Avengers. Don't believe me? I rewatched Age of Ultron to verify, and yes, it's the exact same vessel (props for design continuity, by the way).
Anyway, that tells us two important things. Firstly, one thing that's been widely speculated and theorized about is how Bruce Banner ended up in the Grandmaster's world. Some fans believed the aircraft was just too small to go into deep space, but from the looks of it, the vehicle's got some juice to it.
A Daring Escape
Secondly, there may be an even bigger detail behind that image. Thor is sporting gladiator armor, meaning he probably already participated in the Grandmaster's crowd-pleasing battles and managed to free himself (because, you know, it's not likely that Jeff Goldblum allows his treasured prizes to roam around his city unchecked). Taking that into account, the picture could be pointing to the fact that #Hulk and the Odinson will use the Quinjet to escape the Grandmaster's control and continue their journey to stop Hela from unleashing Ragnarok.
Keep in mind, while this is a theory on my part, there's some more evidence to back it up. The trailer released during San Diego Comic-Con showed Bruce and Thor hanging out in that same Avengers ship while discussing who had won in their gladiatorial encounter:
If that's the case, and the God of Thunder and Bruce Banner do use that to return to Earth, it'll be great news for Tony Stark because he'll get his multi-million dollar jet back. Let's face it, no matter how much money the guy has, it's probably never easy to lose such an expensive piece of machinery.
It's worth pointing out that Ragnarok including an #AgeOfUltron reference was to be expected, especially since the film was the last time we saw Thor and Hulk before their upcoming adventure. But what's surprising is the significance of the connection. We've been wondering how that dangling plotline from AoU would be resolved, so for Waititi and the writers to make it a (potentially) semi-integral part of this new story is quite commendable, as well as exciting for fans who love those bits of continuity.
Thor and Hulk return to the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017.
What do you think about this Ragnarok tie-in to Age of Ultron? Let me know in the comments!