In an unsurprising turn of events, a trailer for an upcoming Marvel movie has made its way onto the internet before Marvel could post it themselves. Sadly, it isn't the Infinity War footage from D23, ready to melt our eyes in its full HD glory. No, it's actually for Thor: Ragnarök. I wasn't going to do a breakdown on it initially, but this new trailer caught my attention for several reasons. So we're going to take a look at some of the most interesting parts of it.
*DISCLAIMER*, the trailer is meant for the Asian market, hence the subtitles. Trailer itself even features a very enthusiastic narrator.
Much to my surprise, the first few opening shots of latest footage is of an exchange between the mighty Thor and everyone's second-favourite arrogant billionaire, Doctor Stephen Strange! Everyone knows that Thor turned up in a post-credits scene at the end of Doctor Strange, where Strange himself explained what he was tasked with doing and offered to help Thor locate his missing father.
It feels quite unusual from Marvel to put a surprise Strange cameo at the very beginning of trailer, it's something you'd expect to be saved until the very end. Alas, this is not the case. Strange appears briefly, suggesting his appearance is little more than a playful tease for the big team up in Infinity War next year. Strange mentions that destiny has dire plans for the God of Thunder.
Naturally, Thor isn't too worried by this, as he is the son of Odin!
I know some people aren't big fans of heroes crossing over to each others films unless it's an ensemble, but I'm liking the inclusion of Strange. I doubt he'll feature as heavily as the Hulk, but his presence in Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be not only a great movie, but also the final piece in the very complicated puzzle Marvel has been building us up to for nearly 10 years.
Ragnarök could mess some sh*t up
According to Norse Mythology, Ragnarök is 'The Doom of the Gods', an apocalypse-level event that essentially brought an end to their mythos. In the Marvel comics, Ragnarök was actually the name of Thor's cyborg clone, created by Tony Stark.
The new movie clearly isn't taking inspiration from the comic character, instead going for the end of the world vibe, with a bit of Planet Hulk thrown in for good measure. While it was once described as a "cosmic road-trip" movie, we know our heroes take saving the world very seriously, even if they do love a good quip here and there.
All jokes aside, it looks like Thor & co. are in for an all-action adventure. He's having to survive round two with Bruce Banner and then try and save his home planet of Asgard from total destruction at the hands of Hela, played by the phenomenal Cate Blanchett. Hela is a frequent foe of Thor in the comics, and it's great to see Marvel managing to bring such a wonderfully-talented actress such as Blanchett to portray her for her live-action debut!
How Ragnarök could impact the MCU going forward
I'm going to take this last part of my article into pure speculation territory here. I have a feeling that Thor: Ragnarök isn't going to be our typical "hero saves the day and everything is okay" kind of affair. Based on the footage already out there for the movie, and what I've seen of the leaked Infinity War trailer, I think things could be a bit less clear-cut.
Spoilers for Infinity War ahead. You've been warned.
I'm calling it now that Thor either fails to save Asgard or he narrowly succeeds at the cost of his well-being.
One of the first clips of the leaked Infinity War trailer from D23 was the God of Thunder himself floating through space, looking very worse for wear. At the same time, the Guardians of the Galaxy are flying through some sort of asteroid field. Needless to say, something big has gone down. Despite Rocket's suggestions to wipe Thor off their windshield, the Guardians bring him in to see what happened.
It's shown that Mantis is now a full member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. How the new team team dynamic has changed because of this remains unclear, since IW takes place around three to four years after GotG Vol 1 & 2 (remember Vol. 2 happens a few months after 1).
This leads me to believe Ragnarök is the catalyst to what kicks off Infinity War and the following Avengers movie. There are rumours that Hela could be the MCU's replacement for Lady Death from the popular Infinity Gauntlet comic. Thanos could be having a new intergalactic woman to swoon over and destroy the universe for. She could be finally fed up that the Avengers and the Guardians have been saving the day over and over with little cost to themselves.
It's an exciting time to be a Marvel fan, the next couple of years are looking to be the biggest and best of the MCU yet!
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