'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Wrap Up Thor's Story, Lead Straight Into 'Infinity War'

Friday, 07 July 2017 - 1:41PM
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Friday, 07 July 2017 - 1:41PM
'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Wrap Up Thor's Story, Lead Straight Into 'Infinity War'
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Marvel Studios is getting further into their ambitious plan to launch their entire roster of heroes into space, as Phase 4 promises a series of intergalactic superhero movies. For anyone following Thor: Ragnarok, it's probably not a surprise to learn that Taika Waititi's explosively colorful action movie is going to be a big part of this, as Kevin Feige has recently stated that the film will wrap up the Thor trilogy while leading directly into Infinity War.

Said Feige in a recent interview:

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"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."
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It seems as if Ragnarok is essentially going to serve as a bridge between the very terrestrial movies of Marvel's past and its planet-hopping, interstellar space opera future. As a movie about an otherworldly being who's lived on Earth for a long period, this makes sense—Thor is perfectly positioned to round out the Earthly Marvel movies while presenting a connection to the events of Infinity War and all its alien mayhem.

This isn't to say that Phase 4 won't feature any movies set on Earth, but with Captain Marvel and potentially several different Guardians of the Galaxy spin-offs in the works (rumored or otherwise), and even Ant Man and the Wasp looking set to explore the mysterious Quantum Realm, it's clear that Ragnarok is an indicator of what's coming in the future. We're in for a series of bright, colorful movies that drip with Eighties nostalgia—much like what we've already seen of space from James Gunn's Marvel movies.



The importance of Ragnarok in setting up Infinity War also explains several story choices within the movie--uch as destroying Asgard, Earth's primary friends among the stars, and even bringing Doctor Strange into a galactic setting (although how much he'll be in the movie remains to be seen).

It's really impressive in retrospect just how seamlessly Marvel has transitioned from the very grounded movies of its past to fully embracing these cosmic events. Going back to the original Iron Man, it's a wonder if anyone, even at Marvel, could have foreseen where the franchise would go in the next ten years.

With all this planet-hopping in Marvel's future, though, here's hoping that there's still room for some fun, terrestrial adventures. If nothing else, Team Thor's Darryl deserves his own movie.

Thor: Ragnarok hits US theaters November 3rd, 2017.
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