The God of Thunder was one of the few Avengers that didn't make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but he'll be returning in a big way in next year's Thor: Ragnarok. Aside from the minor issue of the Nordic apocalypse referenced in the title, Thor will be up against Cate Blanchett as Hela (The Goddess of Death) and Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster (Elder of the Universe and aficionado of twisted games). At least he'll have some help in the form of Mark Ruffalo's The Incredible Hulk.
Kevin Feige previously confirmed that despite the film primarily taking place in the cosmos, Thor would return to Midgard (Earth) in Ragnarok. Confirmation hit earlier today, in the form of set photos and video, that he'll more specifically be visiting New York City (created using sets on the streets of Sydney, Australia).
Now director Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth have released their own photographic contributions from their work around the earthbound setting.
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 22, 2016
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) August 22, 2016
While we've known that Tom Hiddleston would be returning as Loki, it's interesting to see him "dressed down" and accompanying his brother on Earth. We have no context to determine the nature of their visit, but it does raise plenty of questions about whether they are travelling as friends, foes, or business partners in a venture as newspaper salesmen. They could simply be dropping The Hulk back off at home, though Mark Ruffalo has already wrapped his part for the movie. Or perhaps they're meeting with another important player who is rumored to have found his way to Earth.
There's also the possibility of having another hero show up from the MCU. It may seem like overkill in a film already this dense, but if it's going to happen, this would provide the most straightforward opportunity. Thor is, after all, going to need all the help he can get to stop the end of all things.
Be sure to leave your own theories in the comments, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the production of Thor: Ragnarok as they hit.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; 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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth via Twitter