[Potential MILD SPOILER for Thor: Ragnarok ahead.]
Though all the focus in the MCU is currently on the coming war between Captain America and Iron Man, there are bigger threats looming out in the universe. Specifically, there’s Thanos, but even before the big guy gets off his floating space chair, Thor will try and stave off the end of the world in Thor: Ragnarok. (At least that’s what we’re assuming, given that Norse Mythology considers Ragnarok to be the end times.)
As for what we do know, Thor will be joined by The Hulk for this adventure, which Mark Ruffalo calls a “buddy pic” and a “road movie“. These two pals are expected to be on quite the road trip, too, since Kevin Feige has already teased that Thor: Ragnarok will be very much about the “cosmos” and feature “very little Earth“. How and if the other Avengers or Asgardians will fit within Thor and Hulk’s buddy-road-flick remains to be seen, but we do have a rumor about the whereabouts of the All Father, Odin.
Last we saw of Odin – the real Odin, not Loki in disguise – he was ordering Thor to not seek revenge for Frigga’s death. Of course, Thor did the exact opposite of his father’s wishes and recruited Loki to help him defeat Malekith, which led to Loki faking his death. What the trickster god did after that isn’t exactly clear, but it definitely involved deposing his step-father because by the end of Thor: The Dark World, Loki is masquerading as Odin (something only revealed to the audience).
Odin’s fate, however, remains a mystery. Since Odin hadn’t entered the Odinsleep it’s unlikely Loki could have outright killed the god, and according to sources close to Geek, Anthony Hopkins is expected to return for Thor: Ragnarok. Geek goes on to report that Odin has wound up on Earth, or rather Midgard, wandering the streets and preaching of the coming apocalypse (complete with a ‘The End is Nigh!’ sign, we hope). Which may sound strange, but Odin as a herald for the end of the world might be apt if Ragnarok is really coming.
Of course, Hopkins’ involvement as Odin, let alone his change into an end-of-the-world-kook remains purely rumor without any official word from Marvel. And even if this rumor turns out to be true, with Thor: Ragnarok spending so little time on Earth, this would have to be a minor role. But it would be an interesting way for Thor to learn of the coming apocalypse, that’s for sure. Perhaps, Odin won’t even remember who is really is, but knows something bad is on the way? It may turn out that Loki expelled Odin from Asgard, taking his memory in the process. Or if not Loki, then perhaps someone like The Enchantress did it.
Again, with Thor: Ragnarok still over a year away, it’s all hearsay at this point – but what do you think is the likelihood of Odin being transformed into a doomsday prophet? Let us hear your theories in the comments below!
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.