Marvel Studios is going all-out with Thor: Ragnarok. In a tease of its 2017 releases for D23 members, Disney shared a couple new details that confirm and open up a few exciting possibilities.
If you need even more intergalactic, world-saving action, Thor: Ragnarok in November brings together Thor, the Hulk, and Doctor Strange to face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.
There has been a lot of attention paid to the mention of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), but we already knew about his inclusion in Thor: Ragnarok. We first learned the (soon-to-be) Sorcerer Supreme was likely to appear in the third Thor film via set photos shared by the cast and crew on social media. Then, all the confirmation we needed came via the mid-credit scene in Doctor Strange back in November.
The most interesting part of the D23 release is actually the line about “intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.” We know the new intergalactic baddies are Hela (Cate Blanchett) and probably Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who may or may not be a villain in the traditional sense. If the concept art from Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con presentation holds up, we can add Surtur to the list of new foes.
As for familiar “intergalactic baddies,” we know we can count Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but he may not be the only familiar face. Remember that Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) mission, as he declared when leaving Earth in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is to investigate the recent appearances of the Infinity Stones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That investigation could lead him to the biggest intergalactic baddie with whom we are already familiar—Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Thor is investigating Infinity Stones and Thanos is hunting them. It almost feels inevitable that they will cross paths. That feeling gets even stronger when considering that Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters just six months before Avengers: Infinity War, in which Thanos will be the main villain. There will be one more Marvel film between them (Black Panther), but as the last big cosmic MCU adventure before Avengers: Infinity War, it’s safe to expect Thor: Ragnarok to be the biggest lead-in to the next Avengers assembly.
The D23 isn’t enough to confirm Thanos’ presence in Thor: Ragnarok, but combined with everything else we know about what Thor and Thanos are up to, it’s a pretty good clue.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters November 3.