Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi assures fans that the Avengers: Infinity War sizzle reel that played for attendees of D23 and San Diego Comic-Con 2017 this month does not spoil the ending of his film. While the footage was never officially released online, descriptions of the teaser mentioned that it began with the God of Thunder floating through space before colliding into the Guardians of the Galaxy's Milano - setting the stage for an epic partnership in the fight against Thanos. During Comic-Con, Chris Hemsworth even said that Ragnarok essentially leads into Thor's meeting with the Guardians, telling audiences they'd have to watch Ragnarok in order to understand Infinity War.
Since the third Thor film is one of the last Phase 3 installments in the MCU to premiere before the great team-up event, some crossover between it and Infinity War would be expected. However, some viewers may be concerned that they now know how Ragnarok ends months before it arrives in theaters. Those fears are hardly warranted, with Waititi coming out to say the secrets of his entry are still preserved.
During last week's San Diego Comic-Con, the director caught up with Cinema Blend, who asked him about the Infinity War footage and its connection to Ragnarok. Making reference to the Thor/Guardians scene, Waititi definitively stated, "It is not a spoiler."
This will surely be comforting for fans who thought Marvel had unintentionally revealed the conclusion of Ragnarok at their panels. Some thought that perhaps Hela, Goddess of Death, was successful in her mission and cast Thor to outer space. Given that this is not the case, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Son of Odin prior to crossing paths with Star-Lord and friends. Maybe it will be depicted in one of Ragnarok's post-credit scenes - which were included in the recently-wrapped reshoots. While some of the more modern MCU stingers have leaned towards the jokey side of things (see: Howard the Duck), others still tease future developments for projects coming through the pipeline. It could be interpreted as a wasted opportunity if Marvel does not give audiences a sneak peek at Infinity War in a button.
Based on some of Waititi's previous comments, it didn't seem like Ragnarok would conclude with its main hero floating into the cold, dark vastness of space. The filmmaker, known for his comedic sensibilities, is keen on crafting a rollicking adventure film that audiences can feel "uplifted" by, so even with all the Asgardian destruction going on, things will probably turn out all right in the end. In the meantime, the set up for Infinity War largely remains a mystery - just the way the creative team likes it.
Source: Cinema Blend
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018