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‘Thor 4: Love and Thunder’ Rumors

Marvel News

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During an interview with Yahoo! News, Sebastian Stan discussed his feelings on Bucky possibly  becoming the next Captain America:

“I don’t know about that. Not really though, if you think about it. It makes no sense for him to…why would you give it to the guy that’s been trying to have a whole new history outside of the thing he’s been trapped by. I remember I found out [about Falcon getting the shield] the day we were shooting. I was like ‘Oh wow, this is the deal.’ But it makes sense. He’s [Sam Wilson] has been his [Captain America’s] right-hand for a long time at this point.”

In an interview with MTV News, Scarlett Johansson has said that Black Widow will be inspired by movies like Logan, Terminator 2, and The Fugitive.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tom Hiddleston has said that filming for the Loki Disney+ TV series will begin in early 2020.

In a post on Instagram, Ryan Reynolds seemed to tease a Phase 5 Deadpool movie.

Natalie Portman posted that she’s hard at work researching for her role as the Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.

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The above image was taken from her Instagram story.

(Photo courtesy of Cinemablend.)

Lady Sif actress Jaime Alexander has expressed interest in being Valkyrie’s queen in Thor: Love and Thunder. You can check out her tweet below:

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At the 2019 SIGGRAPH conference, Marvel executive producer Victoria Alonso had this to say about the quality expected of Black Widow: [Black Widow] “should be the best movie that we make.”

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

In an interview with Inverse, Black Widow writer Jac Schaeffer had this to say about the violence in Black Widow:

“The fighting [in Black Widow] is a lot of close contact, hand-to-hand combat,” Schaeffer said. “It’s very visceral. There’s a lot of aggression and power in a very human way that I find really satisfying and really exciting to watch, but it’s the polar opposite to writing for super-powered characters.” [In reference to being the showrunner for Wandavision]

She also said that part of Black Widow will take place after Captain America: Civil War. To be more specific, what happens after the Avengers fight at the airport. [Natasha is] “very much on her own and over the events of the Black Widow movie, she has to reckon with some of the red in her ledger.”

According to MCU Cosmic, Marvel plans to introduce comics characters Galactus and Tyrant in the MCU at some point in the future.

The same source has said that a report has been released concerning a shooting location for Eternals. The location is in the Canary Islands, “a UNESCO  World Heritage site, Teide National Park.”  This particular site will be used for a “prehistoric” location.

 

A list of MCU movies available to stream upon Disney + premiere on November 12:

Iron Man

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

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According to IGN by way of Screnrant, there will be several characters that will use the Black Widow title in Black Widow.

DiscussingFilm reported that Falcon and Winter Soldier will begin filming at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta on October 12.

 

Rumors

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During an episode of Kevin Smith’s Fatman Beyond, cohost Mark Bernadin had this to say about the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney+ TV series:

“That, I think, is the crux of what that show’s going to be. The government doesn’t want Sam Wilson to be Captain America.”

GeeksWorldwide has reported that Marvel is looking to cast a transgender actress for an upcoming Marvel film. They’re looking for an actress aged 20s-30s. It’s currently unknown what project they’re casting for though it’s being speculated that the movie is Thor: Love and Thunder. And that the character is Sera, the only trans woman superhero currently In Marvel comics canon.

If an Amazon listing is to be believed, Spider-Man: Far From Home will be available on Blu-ray on October 1, 2019.

 

Comic-Con Appearances

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Tom Holland will be attending the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention on September 6-7. You can find more information here:

FanX Home – #FanX19

 

Tom will also be attending ACE Comic-Con Midwest in Rosemont, Illinois on October 11-13. You can find more information here:

https://www.acecomiccon.com

 

 

Non-Marvel Related Projects

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@TheInSneider has tweeted that Chadwick Boseman’s new action thriller 21 Bridges has been moved again. It is now coming out on November 22, 2019.

@AaronCouch tweeted that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake has been moved to December 18, 2020.

The first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch’s new movie 1917 has been released:

Variety reported that Cate Blanchett is currently negotiating to star alongside Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley remake.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

P.S. Good news! If you enjoy the site, anyway. This site will continue on for another year. So you get another year of me running off with the mouth! 😂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MCU Phase Four Reveals at SDCC

The Hall H Marvel SDCC panel has come and gone leaving frenzied Marvel Fans in its wake. Here’s a breakdown of all the exciting news!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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1. It will be directed by Daniel Destin Cretton.

2. Will star Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu as Shang-Chi. He was just cast Tuesday and had a screen-test on Sunday. Marvel’s not messing around when it comes to this new franchise!

3. The real Mandarin will be introduced and will be played by Tony Leung.

4. Awkwafina has been cast in an unknown role.

5. It will hit theaters on February 12, 2021.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Daniel Bruhl will be reprising his role as Baron Zemo. Some footage was shown. Here’s a description of that footage from the guys over at TotalFilm: 

“It begins with the code words that active Winter Soldier, and Baron Zemo sits into frame wearing a coat, looking ragged with a beard. He says he’s hijacked the panel, says, “Gentlemen, I’ll be seeing you very soon,” and then puts on the purple mask that the classic version of the character wears and the video goes haywire.”

It will premiere on Disney + in Fall 2020.

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The Eternals

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1. It will be directed by Chloe Zhou.

2. A basic summary and plot was revealed:

The Eternals will be about “super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants that were created by the cosmic beings called Celestials.” (SDCC quote)

“These cosmic characters have spent 35,000 years on Earth, so they’ve already been part of the MCU this whole time, and we just didn’t know it yet. They’re a race of immortal aliens who have been sent by the Celestials to protect Earth from a race of humanoids known as The Deviants.” (TotalFilm quote)

3. The cast was introduced:

Salma Hayek as Ajak, the leader of the Eternals.

Richard Madden as Ikaris.

Angelina Jolie as Thena.

Don Lee as Gilgamesh.

Lia McHugh as Sprite.

Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo.

Brian Tyree Henry as Phasto.

Lauren Ridloff, a deaf actress to play Makkari, a deaf character. A first for the Marvel  Cinematic Universe.

4.  It will hit theaters on November 6, 2020.

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Black Widow

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1. Some footage was shown during the panel. Here’s a description of that footage once again from TotalFilm:

“Glimpses of Natasha’s past come flooding in the teaser, flashing through the her assassin academy memories from Avengers: Age of Ultron. “I made a family,” Natasha opines, as the footage leads into her turn in Captain America: Civil War, when she made a decision to let Captain America escape instead of capturing him. “They’re coming for you,” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) warns, as she flees…setting the stage for Black Widow, which seemingly takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War.

In Budapest, Natasha cautiously makes her way up an old, turn-of-the-century apartment building with a lavish staircase but weathered walls. Entering an apartment she points her gun and calls for Yelena, saying, “We’re grown-ups here.” Florence Pugh’s Yelena appears from around the corner, pointing her gun. They stand mere inches apart, guns in each other’s faces for several seconds before they both disarm each other, the camera showing their graceful parallel movements — obviously students of the same school. The grimy, tactile fight is reminiscent of the Bournefilms, especially in its low light and intense close-ups. Finding their usual tactics too well-matched, their fight gets nasty and brutal, with Natasha pushing Yelena’s head down a sink and Yelena breaking a plate over Natasha’s head, and eventually resorting to knives. They find themselves at several impasses, until both of them have placed each other in chokeholds with the apartment’s curtains. After a cut to black, they’re shown having drinks.

“It’s good to see you too,” Natasha says, handing Yelena a shot glass.

The teaser leads into several car chases, with Natasha weaving in and out of Eastern European streets. We get quick shots of solemn, Brutalist imagery and foreboding silhouettes.”I got rid of my ledger,” Natasha declares, though it seems like she hasn’t completely been rid of her past. The teaser closes out with Natasha getting pinned behind a flaming car on a bridge, with hooded man attacking her in the middle of the street. The hooded uniform and its sleek design with red lining resembles that of Taskmaster, a Marvel villain that has recently been rumored to appear in Black Widow. But who is under the suit?”

2. It’s directed by Cate Shortland.

3. The cast includes:

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian.

Florence Pugh as Yelena, “A sister figure to Natasha.”

O.T. Fagbenle as Mason, “an old contact of Natasha’s before she worked with SHIELD, and a potential love interest.”

Rachel Weisz as Melina, “a pretty tough chick,” aka Iron Maiden.

4. It will be released on May 1, 2020.

5. The film isn’t a prequel after all, but will take place after Civil War when Natasha is a “fully realized woman.”

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WandaVision

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1. Events take place after Endgame.

2. Elizabeth Olsen says, “It’s going to get weird, we’re going to get deep. We’re finally going to understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.”

Paul Bettany says, “I have no idea, ” (on what’s going on with Vision). “It’s going to be surprising and weird.”

Kevin Feige describes the show as “exciting and different and strange.”

3. WandaVision will tie in directly with the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness as Wanda will have a main role to play in that film. More about that in a minute.

4. Teyonah Parris will play the adult version of Monica Rambeau who was introduced as a child in Captain Marvel.

5. It will be released on Disney + in Spring 2021.

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Loki

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1. Tom Hiddleston will be returning as Loki. He will be playing the 2012 version of the character and all of his character development through Ragnarok will be erased. The series will begin after Loki takes the Tesseract and disappears through the portal to gods know who’s where.

2. Tom says, “Just about the last thing that happened to him was he got Hulk smashed. So there’s a lot of pyshclogical evolution that is still yet to happen. Kevin has generously showed me what his plans are. It’s one of the most exciting creative opportunities I’ve come across. This is new territory, a new world, new challenges I can’t wait to get started.”

3. It will be released in Spring 2021.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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1. It will be directed by Scott Derrickson.

2. According to Scott, it will be “the first scary MCU film.” Also known as the first horror movie in the MCU.

3.  Benedict Cumberbatch described it as “a crazy line into horror. “He’ll be facing unexpected things… (He will) not knowing what’s coming at him.”

4. Nightmare will be the villain.

5. Scarlet Witch will have a major role to play in the film.

6. It will be released on May 7, 2021.

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What If?

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1. What If? is the first animated MCU show.

2. Jeffery Wright will play The Watcher, the host of the show.

3. Many MCU stars will return to voice the animated versions of their characters.

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4. The show will be available to stream on Disney+ in Summer 2021.

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Hawkeye

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1. Jeremy Renner will return as Hawkeye. Part of the show will focus on him training the next Hawkeye, Kate Bishop.

2. Hawkeye’s time as Ronin will also be explored in the series.

3. The series will most likely draw from the Matt Fraction run of the comic series.

4. The synopsis from the supposed source material reads as follows:

“It’s Marvel’s most critically acclaimed comic in recent memory! Clint Barton, breakout star of a little Marvel movie you might have seen a while back, continues his fight for justice…and good rooftop BBQs! With Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to get some downtime from being one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes…but when the apartment building he’s moved into, and the neighbors he’s befriended, are threatened by a tracksuit-wearing, dog-abusing gang of Eastern European mobsters who say “bro” an awful lot, Clint must stand up and defend his new adopted family…any way he can.”

5. The show will be available to stream on Disney+ in Fall 2021.

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Thor: Love and Thunder

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1. Taika Waititi will return to write and direct.

2. Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor.

3. Tessa Thompson will be returning as Valkyrie, the king of Asgard. And she will be looking for her queen. Tessa says,

“That’ll be her first order of business. And then, I don’t know. It’s already been mentioned that Asgard isn’t a place but a people, so she’s got to invest in her people. And hopefully she’ll get some love and thunder.”

4. Natalie Portman will be returning as Jane Foster, and will be portraying a female Thor. Just like in Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor run! Taika Waititi had this to say about the development:

“When we were shooting Ragnarok I was reading one storyline by Jason Aaron, the Mighty Thor. And for those of you who know that storyline, it’s incredible and introduced love and thunder and for the first time, female Thor.”

5. It will release in theaters on November 5, 2021.

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Blade

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Before Marvel’s panel wrapped up, Kevin Feige announced that Mahershala Ali had been cast as Blade. Details other than that are not yet known.

 

Other projects in development include Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Fantastic 4, and Mutants will be introduced at some point, though how they’ll be introduced isn’t known.

Last night the complete Phase 4 slate was revealed. In an interview with Collider, Kevin Feige had this to say, “It is the complete Phase Four the way I announced the complete Phase Three five years ago—things can move, things can change as they did if you go back and look at what we talked about five years ago for Phase Three, but we’ve been working on this for quite a while and it’s pretty set. But there are always changes possible.”

There are some empty dates remaining for the MCU including:

February 18, 2022

May 6, 2022

July 29, 2022

It’s being speculated that more announcements will come next month during D23.

What are you looking forward to most? Personally, I’m looking forward to WandaVision, Thor: Love and Thunder, Loki, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I’m also really looking forward to proper disability representation in the MCU.

That’s all. Like it wasn’t enough?! As always, I look forward to hyping up these films with my friends over on our Facebook page My Marvelous Escape.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

Movie Reviews

Thor: Ragnarok Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok. Proceed with caution!3A95EA78-5116-40E0-A2BD-261CE8D29DF3

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to review all the films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. These are some of my all-time favorites, and I can watch them over and over again without getting bored. I’ve decided to start off this project by reviewing one of my favorites: Thor: Ragnarok.

Marvel Studio’s Thor: Ragnarok was released on November 3, 2017, in the United States. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. It’s rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and brief suggestive themes.

Ragnarok easily makes my list of Top Ten Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies. It’s everything I didn’t know I needed from a Thor movie including great comedy, colorful visuals, awesome action sequences, and amazing character development from several of its main characters, as well as the introduction of several new characters.

In the latest and greatest Thor installment, Thor has been captured by the evil god Surtur (Clancy Brown), who tells him about the coming of Ragnarok, a catastrophic event that will destroy Asgard. Determined to put a stop to Ragnarok, Thor assembles his superhero team, the Revengers, a group that includes Loki, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and a former Valkyrie to help him save Asgard from complete destruction. There are many obstacles standing in their way including Thor and Loki’s evil sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death, and the Grandmaster, the tyrannical ruler of the planet Sakaar. After Thor and Loki find themselves stranded on Sakaar, Thor and Loki must work together to escape Sakaar, return home, and defeat Hela so that Thor can take his place as Asgard’s rightful King.

Ragnarok may be the Thor trilogy’s conclusion, but instead, it feels like a fresh start for the franchise with it being completely different in tone from either Thor or The Dark World. The previous installments in the series were darker and more dramatic, while Ragnarok’s bright colors felt like a Thor comic come to life. It’s nonstop and sometimes cheesy humor makes it feel like a superhero movie and a sitcom combined. Strong performances from the amazing cast also made the movie enjoyable to watch.

I’ve always loved Chris Hemsworth as Thor, but this time around, not only did I enjoy his performance I also really enjoyed Thor as a character. In the past, Thor has been arrogant and at times angry and brooding, and tends to be a more serious character overall. Ragnarok shows a different side of Thor than has been seen in both previous Thor movies and Avengers. He’s grown a lot in terms of humility and much of the movie’s humor comes from him. Chris’s sense of humor is given a chance to in scenes like “Get Help” and “The Snake Story,” which were both improvised.

Whether you love or hate him, Tom Hiddleston’s masterful portrayal of Loki, the God of Mischief, has always been interesting to watch. He’s still mischievous and chaotic, and most of the time I wasn’t sure whose side he was on. Though he seems to be closer to becoming a hero than he ever has been before, he still tries to double-cross Thor and Bruce as they’re trying to escape Grandmaster’s mansion. After Thor catches Loki in his trickery, he challenges Loki to be something more than just the God of Mischief. Loki takes Thor’s challenge to heart when he returns home to fight alongside his brother to save Asgard. This is a development in the brother’s relationship I didn’t know I needed or even wanted to see. After years of being enemies, it was exciting to finally see them reconcile. It left me wanting more of their improved relationship.

Even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) was more enjoyable to watch in this one. I especially enjoyed the scene where Loki was ruling Asgard disguised as Odin. I thought it was one of the funniest moments in the movie. Odin’s still a total jerk for not telling Thor and Loki about their evil sister, Hela, but I loved how he finally acknowledges Loki as his son and shows up to give Thor guidance when he needs it most.

Since last seeing him in Age of Ultron, Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) has been stranded on Sakaar and trapped for two years inside his alter ego, Hulk. He has been forced to take part in Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions where he fights contenders to the death for Grandmaster’s amusement. During his time on Sakaar, Hulk has developed the speech and temperament of a five-year-old. For me, the Hulk is a more interesting character now that he can say things beyond “Hulk Smash!”

After finally regaining control of Hulk, Bruce tells Thor he’s afraid that the next time he Hulks out, he might never turn back. For most of the movie, Thor tries his best to keep Bruce calm so that his fear of permanently becoming Hulk doesn’t come true. In the end, Bruce Hulks-out again when he realizes Hulk’s abilities are more suited to saving Asgard than his own.

Ragnarok has several villains but the one that stands out the most is Cate Blanchett’s Hela. Since Loki took center stage as the big bad in Avengers, Marvel has had trouble creating strong, memorable villains for their cinematic universe. Hela helps solve this problem and gives her brother some stiff competition. The Goddess of Death proves she’s not to be messed with when she destroys Thor’s hammer Mjolnir and upon entering Asgard, she kills the Warriors Three in quick succession. She’s ruthless and shows no mercy to those who stand in the way of getting what she wants: Her right as Odin’s firstborn to rule the realm of Asgard. She’s evil and gets a kick out of being as evil as she can possibly be.

To help carry out her evil plans, Hela recruits Skurge (Karl Urban) as her executioner. Every TV show or movie needs a lovable idiot and Skurge fits the bill in Ragnarok. He had some funny moments, but his spinelessness made him my least favorite character in the movie.

When compared with Hela, Grandmaster doesn’t seem like as bad of a villain. Jeff Goldblum is so funny in this role that I forget I’m actually supposed to hate him. Though the fun and games end when he doesn’t get what he wants and often executes people, both for sport and when people don’t do his bidding. Despite his villainy, he was a fun character and I hope he shows up again in a future movie.

Since being removed from his post as Guard of the Bifrost Bridge for committing treason against Asgard (Again!), Heimdall (Idris Elba) has been on the run and is helping protect Asgardian refugees from Hela’s rule. He helps Thor and the Revengers get off Sakaar and together they defeat Hela and get the Asgardians safely away from Asgard before Ragnarok happens.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was another character I look forward to seeing more of in the future. She’s a fierce warrior who’s trying to drink her painful past away. Unfortunately, with so much going on and so many supporting characters, there wasn’t much time given to learn much about her other than what was shown when Loki was forcing her to relive some painful memories. I hope we learn more about her past as a Valkyrie and that Marvel takes the time to give her the character arc she deserves.

Director Taika Waititi lends his acting skills to bringing Korg, an alien creature made out of rocks to life. Korg’s hysterical and he never fails to say or do something amusing whenever he shows up. Here’s hoping he gets to help lead the revolution against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

Stan Lee’s cameo in Ragnarok is one of his funniest and unfortunately one of his last. I always enjoyed his brief appearances and wonder how Marvel will commemorate him in future movies. Maybe they can put Stan’s picture up in random places so that his cameos can still continue long after he sadly passed away last year. Whatever they choose to do, Stan Lee’s memory will live on in the many characters he helped create, but one thing’s for sure, he will be missed.

Another interesting cameo in Ragnarok was that of Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) It was great seeing Strange in the same room with Thor and Loki. The few minutes of screen time they had together left me wanting more. I’d especially love to see a Loki and Dr. Strange team up. The few seconds they had together weren’t enough for my liking. Who knows? Maybe Dr. Strange will show up in the Loki series, but for now, those few seconds will have to be enough.

Marvel is known for their mid/end credit scenes that help set up the next movie in the series. In the most foreboding mid-credit scene ever, The Asgardian’s victorious escape is short-lived when their ship runs into Thano’s ship. From the look of terror on Loki’s face, all won’t be well for long. This scene leads right into Avengers: Infinity War, and even though I know the devastation that happens next, it still fills me with dread no matter how many times I watch it.

Aside from the heart-dropping mid-credit scene, Thor: Ragnarok one of Marvel’s best and funniest films they’ve released so far. It’s definitely one worth watching again and again. I hope Marvel plans to make more Thor movies in the future and departs from their usual trilogy format. I feel like there are more stories to tell in Thor’s intergalactic universe, especially with the complete change in tone, and the introduction of new characters. It will be interesting to see what Marvel chooses to do with characters, both old and new, going forward.