It’s been an amazing few years for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with movies coming out one behind the other, fans seem to be fighting over on how the movies are not the same as the comics but what makes the most sense right now as a company is to find a way to introduce 100 years of comics to people that never read them and at that it makes a great job.
Our next subject of discussion is, as you might have guessed from the title, Thor: Ragnarok.
A few days ago the trailer made the first appearance online with people going crazy around the web. As usual, people went nuts with the appearance of Hulk, and to be entirely honest, Thor did too (in the trailer).
So for starters, I will discuss the trailer and then I will go on explaining everything in detail even though some of the things we saw are so interesting that I might even create separate articles for some.
First lets rewatch the trailer
It seems that the movie is following an original line not exactly written in a single comic story but instead incorporating quite a few story lines together.
For starters, the long story short of the story arc for this movie is that Thor is trying to go back home in order to prevent something called Ragnarok. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok basically means the end of the Universe, which will go before the Fimbulvetr or the “everlasting winter”.
Ragnarok and the Avengers Disassembled
Straight out of the title we get a hint that this story might incorporate Ragnarok story arc from Thor (1998) comic back in 2004. The story was 6 issues long written by Michael Avon Oeming and Andrea Di Vito as an artist and was also a part of a greater scheme known as Avengers Disassembled.
It is quite a heavy storyline with many deaths and a lot of disasters, drama but also wisdom, amazing battles and a finale that you will remember forever.
Hulk the Gladiator
Another storyline that we see getting incorporated ( and probably the best part of the trailer that we saw ) is the Planet Hulk.
Planet Hulk is a storyline that mostly ran through Incredibly Hulk back in 2006 and it spoke about the decision of the Illuminati’s decision of sending the Hulk away after a Gamma bomb explosion made him lose control and attached Las Vegas.
The story shows him travel from planet to planet conquering and fighting in arenas trying to return back to earth and take his revenge on those who sent him away. Even though he did not fight Thor in on of his fights he did encounter Silver Surfer.
Hela the Goddess of Death
One of the first new characters that this trailer introduces is Hela who somehow manages to shatter Thor’s hammer Mjolnir into thousand little pieces once again leaving Thor without a hammer.
Hela even though a new character in the movies, she is not such a new character for the Marvel Universe making her first appearance back in March 1964 at the Journey into Mystery #102. Hela is the Goddess of Death and is based in Norse mythology that Stan Lee adapted to his comics. She was a frequent foe of Thor throughout the years and more importantly, she is the child of Loki, something that I do not believe is going to play a part in the movies.
Hela wants to expand her reach of the dead to Valhalla which always was under Odin’s power and that always brought her against the powers of Odin and Thor.
Skurge the Executioner & Amora the Enchantress (maybe?)
Another powerful character that we are seeing is the guy with the guns and as strange that might sound he is another Asgardian warrior known as Skurge.
And though the Executioner stands alone, and the warriors of Hel seem numberless, not one sets foot upon the bridge across the river Gjoll. They sing no songs in Hel… nor do they celebrate heroes… for silent is that dismal realm and cheerless… but the story of the Gjallerbru and the god who defended it is whispered across the Nine Worlds. And when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head… the answer is always the same… he stood alone at Gjallerbru… and that answer is enough.
Skurge was one of Asgards greatest warriors, if not the best for many. He was known as the Executioner a name that he earned after fighting the war against the Storm Giants. He is known for fighting with an ax or … machine guns which are something quite unique for an Asgardian warrior. After the war, he returned to Asgard where he was seduced from Amora the Enchantress and was used as a slave.
Even though we haven’t seen Amora in the trailer I think that we will either get a quick glimpse or that her name will at least be mentioned.
Amora’s and Skurge first appearance was back in 1964 when in chapter 103 of Journey into Mystery they try to capture and exile Jane Frost under orders from Odin and Loki, only to find Thor in their way.
Overall the feeling I am getting from the new Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok is that of a movie heavily affected by Guardians of the Galaxy. From the music accompanying the trailer (Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song) to the retro 80’s style graphics in the logo intro and the alien ships that we got a glimpse from. That feeling seems to be working fine since fans around the globe went crazy anxious to see what the movie has to offer.
Thor deserves a better movie than the last one and a movie that will greatly impact the entire Marvel Universe.