How the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes Set Up ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

How the 'Thor: Ragnarok' Post-Credits Scenes Set Up 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Now that Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters, many fans will be speculating about what comes next. The new MCU installment is mostly a standalone effort, with minimal connective tissue to the rest of the ongoing franchise narrative. But the movie does feature a mid-credits scene that teases a lead-in to next year's Avengers: Infinity War. Let's discuss what that and the post-credits scene mean.

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There Is a DC Crossover in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and This Is It

There Is a DC Crossover in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and This Is It

It’s exciting that a big Marvel movie (Thor: Ragnarok) and a big DC movie (Justice League) are arriving in theaters only two weeks apart, and fans may find even more exciting to learn that director Taika Waititi managed to celebrate the occasion by slipping a little DC crossover item into his Thor film… kind of.

"The Shake Weight is actually a DC crossover," Waititi fold Fandango during a recent interview ahead of the November 3 release of Thor: Ragnarok.

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Marvel Has Big Plans for Korg and Miek from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Marvel Has Big Plans for Korg and Miek from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

 

With many reviews now calling it the best Thor film to date, Thor: Ragnarok is easily shaping up to be one of Marvel Studios’ best-reviewed films yet. From its inventive action to its humor to its crazy and colorful ensemble, Ragnarok is undoubtedly one of this fall’s most entertaining movies.

And much of its success has to do with its director, Taika Waititi.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review — Guaranteed to Put a Goofy Grin on Your Face

What is Thor: Ragnarok?

Finding himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe, Thor must compete in a gladiatorial battle against old friend Hulk to win his freedom and get back to Asgard, where the all-powerful Hela is endeavouring to lay waste to the entire planet.

Civil War Aftermath

Times are tough in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Guardians of the Galaxy have been raising laughs in space, it’s been much more serious on earth. Ultron managed to kill an Avenger, while the Sokovia Accords tore Iron Man and Captain America‘s friendship apart, causing Civil War, and triggering a devastating superhero split.

It’s times like these we need some light in the dark, and Thor: Ragnarok provides just that, being a colourful, joyous, synth-scored, fun-filled romp that’s filled with bizarre characters and insane flights of fancy. Making it easily the silliest Marvel movie yet. Which is surprising when you consider that title, ‘Ragnarok’ representing the ‘end of days’ in Norse mythology, and the film’s villain planning just that, journeying to Asgard to settle old scores by destroying civilization on the planet.

But with Taika Waititi on directing duties, Thor: Ragnarok was never going to be a frown-fest. The New Zealander is responsible for two of the funniest films of the last few years in the shape of What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and here he brings that mischievous, offbeat humour to the MCU in hilarious fashion.

The prologue makes it clear that this is a very different kind of Thor movie; our hero starting proceedings trapped in a cage and cracking jokes while fighting for his life. Thor has always been a headstrong god of action, but here he’s immediately on the back-foot, and that’s where he stays for much of Ragnarok, desperately endeavouring to keep up with the random events unfolding around him. Which is something the audience also has to do during the film’s exposition-heavy early scenes.

The narrative jumps from the fiery planet of Muspelheim to Asgard to earth as we’re brought up to speed regarding what’s been happening with Thor, Loki, Jane and Odin. Via a brief and somewhat random visit to 177A Bleecker Street. Yet while the plot machinations to get the characters where they need to be seem overly complicated, they are pulled off with such zippy dialogue and visual flair that you barely notice them.


Chris Hemsworth, ready for action as Thor.

Contest of Champions

Thor then lands on Sakaar, and the real fun and games begin. Because he quickly becomes the plaything of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum, delightfully unhinged), a tyrant who forces gladiators to do battle in his vast arena as part of the ‘Contest of Champions’ where — wouldn’t you know it — Hulk is his beloved champion.

What follows is a loose adaptation of classic comic storyline Planet Hulk, and the film’s undoubted high point. The build-up to the brawl is a blast, introducing the movie’s MVP in the shape of Korg. A Kronan revolutionary who is made of rock, he’s voiced in deadpan fashion by Waititi, and steals pretty much every scene he’s in.

The clash itself is electrifying, both metaphorically, and literally. Watching Thor and Hulk go toe-to-toe was a highlight of the first Avengers movie, and here they take it to the next level, the fight as funny as it is spectacular as the God of Thunder battles the Green Goliath.

We won’t spoil who wins, but when the fisticuffs are over, what follows is very nearly as entertaining. Banner has been Hulk for two years, and learned to talk, Hulk-style. So when he and Thor spend some quality time together it’s genuinely hilarious, most notably when being called the stupidest Avenger causes the big guy to have an incredible sulk. We also get to see Hulk butt, while when Banner does show up, there’s some interesting insight into what hulking out is doing to his mental state, and where he fears it’s all heading.

Trouble is, the rest of Ragnarok struggles to reach those dizzy heights, the strange structure meaning that the film’s high point comes mid-way through proceedings.

Hela Good Villain

As far as villains go, Hela kicks all kinds of ass, and it’s a blast seeing a CG Cate Blanchett kick seven bells out of one of the nine realms. Her back-story and motive are also better than most baddies in the MCU. But while we’re told her powers are “limitless,” it’s never clear exactly how they manifest themselves, which makes the threat she poses a little vague. It’s also a shame she doesn’t spend more time arguing with or facing off against Thor.

Elsewhere there are several somewhat weak sub-plots. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is never fully developed, and her drunk acting and English accent aren’t quite up to scratch. Karl Urban also seems to have joined the bad accents club as Skurge, while his character has a bizarre and wholly unconvincing arc. Finally Heimdall. Poor Heimdall. Yet again Idris Elba’s sizeable talents go to waste, as his glorified doorman is given little or nothing to do.

But Waititi pulls it all together for the film’s finale. The action isn’t a million miles away from the battle royales that conclude most superhero movies, but there are surprises and impressive visual flourishes all over the place, while it builds to a grand crescendo that looks like some twisted fever dream, and ends the film in dazzling fashion.


Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela.

Is Thor: Ragnarok Good?

Marvel is frequently criticised for sticking to a formula when it comes to the MCU, but in recent years the studio has managed to tell stories in a variety of genres while sticking within the framework that makes their movies such a success. Guardians of the Galaxy was a comedy space opera, Winter Soldier a paranoid action-thriller, and Doctor Strange a cosmic head-trip.

I’m not sure what Thor: Ragnarok is. Maybe an end-of-the-world movie with gladiators. Or a screwball buddy comedy with fights. Or a story of destiny fulfilled, with the odd masturbation gag thrown in for good measure. Whatever the case, that odd concoction is a blast, and easily the best of the Thor flicks thus far. Though the competition isn’t exactly stiff on that front.

But it’s also one of the most entertaining Marvel movies yet; a day-glow silly symphony that mixes high drama with stunning visuals and a steady stream of puerile jokes that are guaranteed to leave a goofy grin on your face.

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How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Turns Valkyrie Into a Member of Asgard’s SEAL Team Six

Valkyrie is the newest superhero in the MCU. Played by Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie is an Asgardian warrior, ripped from the pages of Marvel comics, where in turn she was based on a character of the same name from Norse mythology.

But the celluloid Valkyrie is different to any version that has gone before; a very modern warrior, and member of what one Thor producer has termed “Odin’s SEAL Team Six.” The following is therefore everything you need to know about your new favourite kick-ass heroine.

Valkyrie in Norse Mythology


Norse Valkyrie.

In Norse mythology, Valkyrie is a female figure who decides which fallen warriors gain admittance to Valhalla. She’s one of a host of women who choose which soldiers live and die in battle, and then accompany them into the afterlife, where they join the Odin to fight by his side during Ragnarok.

Valkyrie is oftentimes portrayed as a romantic character in poetry; a beautiful, charming, noble maiden who, when not protecting the fallen, is prone to falling in love with heroic mortal men.

But there are more sinister versions of Valkyrie that revolve around her taking pleasure in predicting the dark destiny of warriors, and even using magic to ensure she gets her picks into the afterlife.

Valkyrie in the Comics


Comic book Valkyrie.

Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in December 1980, the comic book version of Valkyrie first appeared in The Avengers #83. Kind of. This first incarnation wasn’t the real Valkyrie, but rather a disguise used by the Enchantress. It wasn’t until Defenders #4 in February 1973 that we got Valkyrie proper.

In that version she assumed the human body of Barbara Norris for some time. Though that wasn’t the only human form Valkyrie took, with the character also inhabiting the bodies of Samantha Parrington and Sian Bowen in later adventures.

That was on Earth. On Asgard, Valkyrie was actually Brunnhilde, selected by Odin to lead the Valkyrior who — much like their Norse counterparts — would shepherd fallen warriors into Valhalla.

Valkyrie is the strongest of the Valkyrior, with the usual Asgardian powers of strength, stamina, and superhuman skills in battle, largely revolving around her magic sword Dragonfang.

That aforementioned job also means she has some pretty unusual powers, including seeing when the end is approaching for the living, and being able to transport those who are passing away to the realm of the dead.

Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok


Movie Valkyrie, doing battle with Loki.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie draws on elements from both the comics and mythology, but also adds something fresh and modern to the equation.

Tessa Thompson told Collider: “Norse mythology is mystifying and fantastic and totally confusing, but you can draw a lot of inspiration from it. The exciting thing for us was to create a Valkyrie that is a combination of all those things. If you look at her origin in the comics, sometimes she’s on earth, sometimes she’s on Asgard, sometimes she’s with The Fearless Defenders; it’s all different. So it left us a lot of leeway. The cool thing about working with [director] Taika [Waititi] is he has a healthy respect for the comics but also a total irreverence in the sense that he’s like ‘Let’s create something new.’”

On the film’s set, producer Brad Winderbaum told IGN that this film version is more like a modern-day soldier or marine. “In terms of Valkyrie as an idea, Valkyrie in the comics is traditionally the character Brunnhilde, who comes to be known as Valkyrie,” he explained. “And calling someone Valkyrie is like referring to someone as solider. Our view of the Valkyrie in the MCU is that they were basically Odin’s special ops, you know, his SEAL team six.”

In terms of look, in a progressive move, Marvel has cast the very non-white, non-blonde Thompson as a character that’s traditionally white and blonde (“Idris Elba needs company. He can’t be the only black person in the neighbourhood,” Thompson joked with Collider). And regarding costume, Valkyrie will have two uniforms, starting the film in something akin to what she wears in the comics, and then wearing more battle-ready leather and chainmail late on, with the character wielding two daggers, and a sword that’s very probably Dragonfang.

As the film begins, Winderbraum reveals that she has “suffered the trauma of war and we meet her in a really low place,” and we reckon that’s probably because of something that the film’s villain Hela has done.

She also appears to be working as some kind of bounty hunter for Grandmaster on Sakaar, with Thompson telling Entertainment Weekly “She does have a relationship with Jeff Goldblum’s character — it’s a business relationship.”

The film’s trailer backs that up, featuring a shot of Valkyrie dragging Thor into what’s very probably Grandmaster’s ‘Contest of Champions.’ But it sounds like the pair soon make friends, with Thompson telling Collider “She’s no longer with her tribe of Valkyrie anymore. She meets Thor and Hulk and they have a similar goal. They become friends and teammates in a way.”

So expect to see Valkyrie, Thor and Hulk doing battle with Hela at the end of Ragnarok, and potentially turning into a team that’s carried over into the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

“In the next phase, the hope is to find ways to interweave all these characters” Thomspon told EW. “Certainly with Infinity War, those are the culmination of a lot of work since Iron Man. She’s part of the tapestry now.”

Thor: Ragnarok hits UK screens on October 24 and US screens on November 3.

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How Come Hulk Can Speak in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’?

If you’ve seen the below Thor: Ragnarok trailer in a cinema, you’ll know that Hulk speaking at the end pretty much much brings the house down. But how and why has he developed the power of speech? When was the precedent set? Will he be talking in the third person? And does this mean Bruce Banner is finally embracing his monstrous alter-ego? FANDOM has the skinny…

Hulk Speaking in the Comics

The precedent for Hulk talking in the comics was set early. The original Grey Hulk — who debuted in May 1962 courtesy of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby — didn’t speak, but by the time he’d gone green for Incredible Hulk #4, he was talking. Albeit in primitive fashion. And oftentimes referring to his alter-ego “Puny Banner.”


Hulk and Thor going toe-to-toe in the comics.

In the comics, when Hulk does speak, it tends to be in the third person, via statements like “Hulk crush” and “Hulk smash.” Over the years his intelligence has fluctuated as the amount of Bruce Banner in Hulk increases and decreases; more Banner meaning more talk, and less Banner, less chat.

Hulk Speaking Pre-Ragnarok


Lou Ferrigno as TV’s Hulk.

In beloved TV show The Incredible Hulk, the big guy growled and roared, but never spoke, with Stan Lee and producer Kenneth Johnson agreeing that those third-person statements would sound ridiculous when spoken in the real world.

Marvel managed to make it work in their 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, however, with the Green Goliath shouting “Hulk Smash” while doing battle with Abomination (see above).

And in The Avengers‘ very best scene, Hulk grabs Loki, slams him into the floor five times, and walk away saying, “Puny God.” So audiences have seen Hulk speak on film before, just not as much as they’re about to see…

Hulk Speaking in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’


Mark Ruffalo as Hulk.

At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk flew off in a Quinjet. He didn’t return for Captain America: Civil War, and Thor: Ragnarok explains where he’s been. Seems Hulk’s craft was sucked into a wormhole, and deposited on the alien planet of Sakaar, where his success in a series of gladiatorial battles have turned him into something of a celebrity.

“Hulk refuses to turn back into Banner,” actor Mark Ruffalo explained to the Hall H audience at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. “He’s actually enjoying his time on Sakaar, because he’s a gladiator champion. Which means he kicks lots of ass and he’s enjoying his life for once. And he’ll be damned if he goes back to Banner.”

Which has had something of a knock-on effect in terms of the creature’s speech, as Ruffalo revealed to the Comic-Con crowd: “He’s a little perma-hulked, and because he’s been Hulk for two years he has the vocab of a two-year-old.”

That limited vocabulary is clear from the dialogue at the end of that aforementioned trailer, where he says, “Hulk like fire. Thor like water.” Before adding, “Hulk like raging fire. Thor like smouldering fire.”

Director Taika Waititi then explained to IGN that we’ll slowly but surely start to hear Banner’s voice coming through. “I was always fascinated with the duality of Hulk and Banner, and seeing how their brains could be interconnected. Could we sometimes see Hulk and have a bit of Banner’s voice in there? Could we see Banner and have Hulk’s personality through there?”

Waititi added: “I think in this film we’re going to see that for the first time, where the two are fighting — really fighting this time — for control over the body. And Hulk talking — this idea of a more cognitive Hulk who can say sentences — that obviously has existed in the comics, but it’s something the fans want to finally see. It’s exactly what fans want to see, and what I have wanted to see.”

And we’ll all get to see that more cognitive Hulk very soon, with Thor: Rangarok hitting UK cinemas on October 24 and US screens on November 3.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Eyed for Live-Action ‘Akira’

'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Eyed for Live-Action 'Akira'

Earlier this year, Jordan Peele (Get Out) was under consideration to direct Warner Bros.' Akira, the long-brewing live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series about a biker gang and psychic powers. The series was adapted into an animated movie in 1988 (above). Instead, Peele signed a two-year deal with Universal, leaving the helming opportunity open.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite’s Pre-Order Costumes Tie-In To Thor: Ragnarok

We’re only about a week out from the launch of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite so, to make sure fans are good and ready to pick up a copy, Capcom has released a trailer showing off all four of the game’s pre-order bonus costumes.

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What We Learned on the Set of Thor: Ragnarok: From Jack Kirby to Planet Hulk

What We Learned on the Set of Thor: Ragnarok: From Jack Kirby to Planet Hulk

It was just about one year ago exactly that Fandango jetted out to Brisbane, Australia to tour the magnificent sets of Thor: Ragnarok, the third and possibly wildest standalone movie for the God of Thunder yet. You can read our guide to all the characters old and new here, but below is where we’ll answer some of the most pressing questions about the movie, its plot and production.

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Superhero Buzz: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Superhero Buzz: 'Justice League,' 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Avengers: Infinity War'

As everyone deals with the aftermath from Comic-Con, three intriguing stories have developed. Here's what we know.
 

Justice League

Superman (Henry Cavill) doesn't have a mustache in Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (top), but he will have one in Justice League. Don't worry, though, it's only temporary; in fact, we may never even see an official photo.

Cavill has been busy for several months filming the globetrotting sixth installment of the…

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