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5 Takeaways From the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer

The Thor: Ragnarok Trailer was released yesterday and it has a very “Guardians of the Galaxy” feel to it. Classic rock music with Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. The Immigrant Song does fit the material. The song was written from the perspective of Vikings rowing west from Scandinavia in search of new land. The film is about one of the norse Gods, Thor, winding up in a new land.

Ragnarok’s title sequence also has a very old-school feel to it. Similar to the feel of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Just look at the titling:

Not only did the new trailer bring a new feel to the Thor series. It also gave some good clues as to what we will see in the upcoming film. Thor: Ragnarok will be the third film in the Thor series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and looks like it could be the best yet.

Ragnarok Could be the End of Asgard

In Norse Mythology, Ragnarok refers to a series of future events foretold to ultimately result in the death of major figures. Among those major figures are Thor, Odin and Loki. Also, the future events include a major battle and multiple natural disasters that result in the death of the world.

From the trailer we see our new villain Hela bringing devastation to Asgard. This could be the end of Asgard and could result in the death of some of the major characters from the Thor series.

We know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is working towards getting all of our heroes together. Thor will soon meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the events of this film should push that closer to happening. The fall of Asgard could be an event that would leave Thor without a home and looking for a new place in the universe.

 

Hulk will be a Major Character

The trailer ends with Hulk and Thor about to fight in an arena. The two have been enslaved and are set to do battle. Thor is happy to see his foe is the Hulk, but the Hulk is ready to wage war. He gives a quick look at Thor that makes it seem that he realizes who he is, but he still charges. Perhaps it is Thor’s fault that Hulk is here and he isn’t happy about it.

According to actors Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) this film is a buddy film about Hulk and Thor. Therefore, it would seem the events in the arena are not a pinnacle of the film, but instead come early to mid-film and result in the two joining forces for the rest of the movie. Either way it seems as though this will be a Thor and Hulk movie rather than centering on just Thor.

Old Friends/Foes Will Return

Heimdall, the guardian of Asgard, is shown fighting through enemies. He looks super pissed and is missing his armor from the previous films. Perhaps he is on a mission to help save Thor or looking for something else? Either way Idris Elba is a great actor and more Heimdall is something we are happy to see coming.

Loki is also returning, however, his role is hard to figure out. Based on the trailer it seems as though Loki may be fighting with Thor. When Hela destroys Mjolnir (Thor’s Hammer) the blast knocks Thor and someone else to the ground:

The outline of the second person looks like Loki. That could mean two things. First, this could be a flashback of sorts. Perhaps a previous battle ending in Hela being caught and enslaved by the Asgardians. She could then later escape starting the events of this film. The other option is that Loki has rejoined his brother to take down Hela and could once again take a hero’s role.

An Infinity Stone may be Involved

According to the comics Hela, our new villain, has similar powers to the Asgardians. Even so, none of the otehr Asgardians can stop, or hold, Thor’s hammer. Perhaps other forces are in play here. Hela’s eyes look green here and the only remaining Infinity Stone to be revealed in the MCU is the originally green soul stone.

Control of the stone could explain the advanced powers Hela displays. The holder of the soul stone, according to the comics, can not only manipulate both living and dead souls, but can actually be used to steal the abilities of gifted individuals.

Manipulating dead souls could explain this scene from the trailer:

This minion-like character, who resembles Hela, is cut down by Heimdall. When he is struck his body breaks into green pieces. Again green is the color of the soul stone in the comics and could again point to Hela being in control of the stone.

In the MCU the soul stone is orange. There is one fan theory that the stone was once part of Heimdall’s armor and is now loose in someone else’s power. Perhaps that is why Heimdall looks to be on a mission in the trailer.

Hela May be the Best MCU Villain Since Loki

Loki is, by far, the best villain we have seen in the MCU. He could, however, have a contender in that category. The power and look of Cate Blanchett’s Hela is the biggest takeaway from this new trailer. Hela may be the most powerful villain we have seen yet and looks to be a tough match for Thor and Hulk.

The only question left to ask is where these events fall in the timeline. For example the image above shows Hela in full outfit and without any damage. Then, when she destroys Mjolnir she is shown disheveled with holes in her clothing.

There are many possibilities to explain this. Maybe Loki isn’t better. Perhaps he let Hela out and has once again brought horror to Asgard. Or maybe Hela was once captured by the Asgardians and is freed to regain her power, by Loki or someone else. There are so many options, but one thing is a definite: Hela looks like a great villain and it will be interesting to see how she fits into the entire MCU.

Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters November 3, 2017. It will be third Marvel film to release this year following Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in May and Spider-Man Homecoming in July.

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