The conclusion of current Marvel box office champ Ant-Man may have planted some seeds for what is to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially with regards to immediate successor Captain America: Civil War. While we know that nearly every MCU character will have a role to play in that storyline (including a certain wall-crawler), one that will be absent from the epic superhero smackdown is Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Last we saw him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the God of Thunder was heading back to Asgard to deal with some imminent doom, likely the Norse apocalypse that lends his third solo film, Thor: Ragnarok, its name. However, just because Thor isn't expected to return to the picture until 2017, it doesn't mean that his story has completely dropped off the radar.
In fact, Jaimie Alexander - who plays Thor's warrior ally Sif in the MCU - recently spoke to the LA Times about what the future may hold for the Thor franchise. In addition to admitting that her character will play a "very pivotal part" in the upcoming third film, here's what she had to say:
"There’s a lot of great stuff they’ve peppered in through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., [Avengers: Age of Ultron], [Captain America: Civil War] will have some stuff. There's just all kind of Easter eggs and hints, if you’re really paying attention. They’re so good at interweaving everything throughout those films."
It remains to be seen how closely upcoming 'teases' actually tie into the events of Ragnarok, fans have come to expect a certain amount of connectivity with each MCU release. So it's not too surprising to hear that Civil War will make reference to the looming darkness, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (on which Alexander has already made a pair of guest appearances) might have already alluded to the impending developments in the MCU.
It's also not a huge stretch to think that perhaps the disaster set to rock Asgard will mark the beginning of Thanos' (Josh Brolin) rise to power and set the stage for the Avengers: Infinity War films. Only time will tell.
Ant-Man is now playing in theaters; Captain America: Civil War arrives on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Source: LA Times