Taiki Waititi's upcoming Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok, not only concludes the character's trilogy but also ties directly into Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has previously stated that Anthony and Joe Russo's upcoming two Avengers films conclude the 22-installment saga that began with Jon Favreau's first Iron Man movie in 2008. However, audiences didn't know what that saga would entail until they saw the post-credits scene of Joss Whedon's The Avengers in 2012, featuring the Mad Titan Thanos (now being played by Josh Brolin).
In addition to teaming up every now and then, some of the main Avengers have received their own trilogies, such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, the latter of which will receive the final chapter in his trilogy later this year: Thor: Ragnarok. In addition to that movie, there are only two movies left before audiences see Earth's mightiest heroes unite with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on Thanos: Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming (which releases this week) and Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. Feige has said that each movie leads into Infinity War in some way, though it looks like Ragnarok will have more of an impact than the other two films.
Feige has been busy promoting Homecoming these past few weeks, and in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, he confirmed that Ragnarok not only concludes Thor's trilogy but also "drastically" changes the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, the events of the movie will directly tie into the events of next year's Infinity War.
"I think that we are finding ourselves as we complete Phase 3 and finish this 22-movie narrative that it’s working out that way. We did three Iron Man films, three Captain America films, three Thor films. Things change drastically in Ragnarok and then build directly into Infinity War."
Aside from Ragnarok's main plot points that have been teased thus far -- such as Hela's destruction of Asgard and Thor fighting Hulk -- there are many ways in which Thor could build up the events for Infinity War. Firstly, there is still one more Infinity Stone that hasn't been accounted for, and Hemsworth recently revealed that its location will be unveiled soon, presumably during Ragnarok. Since Thor has been keenly aware of the Infinity Stones and their history, it makes sense that his movie would have something to do with the last Stone being discovered, more so than Spider-Man or Black Panther.
Secondly, Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange is confirmed to appear at some point in Thor: Ragnarok, and since Sorcerer Supreme plays an integral role in the battle against Thanos, Ragnarok presents the perfect opportunity for Thor to recruit the new superhero into the Avengers team. Regardless of which route they choose to take, there are plenty of opportunities for Marvel to set up Infinity War. We'll just have to wait and see how that happens.
Source: Toronto Sun
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018