"THE SUN'S GETTING REAL LOW"
No wonder Joss Whedon loved Thor: Ragnarok. Taika Waititi's film showed a lot of reverence for Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. This isn't surprising since Thor and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) missed Captain America: Civil War (and don't seem to be aware the Avengers even split apart), Age of Ultron was the last time we saw either of them. There were tons of callbacks to Age of Ultron in Ragnarok:
The most hilarious one was Thor using the words Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) used to say to calm Hulk down and get him to revert back to being Bruce Banner - "Hey big guy, the sun's getting real low..." - and reaching out to place his palm in Hulk's outstretched palm. We found out that Hulk, who Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) believed escaped to an island in the South Pacific on board a Quinjet at the end of Age of Ultron, had actually fallen into a wormhole and crashed on the planet Sakaar. Hulk never transformed back to Banner and remained the Hulk for about two years (of Earth time - possibly more as time on Sakaar moves differently). When Hulk finally reverted back to Banner, the first thing Banner asked about was whether the Avengers saved Sokovia.
However, the Quinjet remained intact in one of Sakarr's junkyards. Thor tried to activate the Quinjet's systems with voice commands, but to his chagrin, it would only identify Thor as "Point Break" - Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) nickname for him - as opposed to "Strongest Avenger", Stark's code for Hulk. The recording of the video Natasha sent Hulk to get him to come home at the end of Age of Ultron was shown on the monitor. Luckily for Banner, there was also a cache of Tony Stark's clothes for him to wear. Tony's pants may have been too tight for Banner, but somehow Tony anticipated Banner wearing them because they managed to change size and not tear off entirely when Banner became the Hulk on Asgard.
AROUND THE MCU
Ragnarok whisked us from the nether domain of Surtur to New York City, where Thor remains very popular and open to posing for selfies with attractive human ladies. Speaking of human ladies, however, it seems to be common knowledge that Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) have broken up (who broke up with whom depends on who you ask). Thor and Loki both meet Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for the first time - a longer version of the mid-credits scene in Doctor Strange - before Strange sends them to Norway to find Odin.
When Thor lands on Sakaar, he finds himself an unwilling contender in the Contest of Champions - gladiatorial fights staged by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), one of the Elders of the Universe and the brother of the Collector (Benicio Del Toro), who was seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. The being who personally gives the captured Thor a haircut is the Watchers' Informant (Stan Lee) whom we last saw hanging out with the other Watchers in one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's end-credits scenes and was yelling out of a Queens, New York apartment window in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Loki's terrified reaction to seeing Hulk as the Grandmaster's undefeated champion was priceless. The memory of his encounter with the green goliath in The Avengers is something the God of Mischief will never forget as long as he lives. So his delightfully yelling "That's how it feels!" at Thor when Hulk grabbed Thor by the legs and bashed him around like a rag doll as he did to Loki was understandable - and delivered one of Ragnarok's biggest laughs.
THOR V HELA
Hela wreaked havoc all over Asgard and she didn't spare many major Thor characters her wrath. Besides Thor himself, of the original cast of Asgardians from the previous movies except for Frigga (Rene Russo), who was already dead, and Sif (Jaime Alexander), who isn't in Ragnarok, only Heimdall (Idris Elba) survived. Hela murdered the Warriors Three - Fandall (Zachary Levi), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) - as soon as she arrived in Asgard, and we learned in flashback that Hela had in the distant past killed all of the fabled Valkyries but one (Tessa Thompson).
Thor himself suffers greatly at the hands of Hela. The first thing Hela does after returning from banishment is smash Thor's magical hammer Mjolnir. Though Thor leveled up his power and tapped into new ways to unleash his might as the God of Thunder, Hela remained too strong for Thor to defeat. She even rips out Thor's right eye, just like Odin lost an eye - a very Star Wars-like move echoing Luke Skywalker losing a hand and becoming more like his father Darth Vader. Thor never gets his hammer back in Ragnarok and he only has one eye now, but that at least gives him something in common with Nick Fury.
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