Since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel cinematic universe has continued to expand and evolve in some truly fascinating ways. Starting with Thor in 2011, we got to see that boundaries of the MCU go much farther than what we can see or imagine, while Guardians of the Galaxy taught us to expect the unexpected. In 2017, we will be taking a trip back to Asgard in Thor's third "solo" adventure, Thor: Ragnarok and there is a lot to look forward to.
The upcoming sequel continues to gain steam as Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) is in the director's seat, while the production boasts one of Marvel's most illustrious supporting casts ever assembled. It features the talents of Cate Blanchett (Carol), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise) Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond), Anthony Hopkins (Thor), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Karl Urban (Pete's Dragon), and more, which should result in a picture with more gravitas.
Filming began on the sequel last week and fanboys have been eagerly anticipating any bit of news from the production. Fortunately, Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram to give an update on the movie.
It's clear that the humor of Waititi is rubbing off on Hemsworth and the entire production, as the director has already proven to be social media savvy. However, if you look a little bit under the surface of the post, there may be more than meets the eye. There have been rumors that Thor will be facing huge challenges in his third adventure, including being banished from Asgard and losing his trademark weapon, Mjolnir. Hemsworth's update seems to indicate that there will indeed be changes to his beloved weapon, which is a signal of changes to Thor's overall character.
In Marvel's third phase of filmmaking they are attempting to beef up their character's solo movies (typically) with cameos and supporting characters often from the roster of The Avengers. Thor: Ragnarok is no exception to the rule, as the Hulk will be joining his Asgardian ally on this intergalactic journey. However, these bigger "changes" that Hemsworth is alluding to, could be in the overall tone and approach to the franchise as a whole. The Thor franchise is coming off of one the MCU's least memorable outings in The Dark World, so there is still a lot to prove to skeptical fans. We will soon find out if these "big and small changes" will be the right course for the mighty Avenger.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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