Thus far, the House of Ideas hasn’t been forthcoming with plot details, understandably. From the few tidbits available, including the role of the Grandmaster, Hulk’s gladiator armor, Thor’s search for his father, and the rise of Skurge, Hela, and Surtur, Thor: Ragnarok will see its heroes flung from one corner of the Nine Realms to the other. The movie also appears to have taken beats from several classic Marvel comics’ story arcs, including the aforementioned “Planet Hulk” and “Ragnarok” events, as well as adding some new elements into the mix.
As a result, Ragnarok has a heck of a lot of working parts. Fortunately, Taika Waititi, although relatively new to major motion pictures and brand-new to the MCU, has a proven and skilled hand as a helmer, in addition to the fantastic sense of humor necessary for enlivening such a dense and otherwise serious picture. As evident from the MCU promo video, which explores Thor’s downtime on Earth during Captain America: Civil War, the film’s stars and director display an appropriately tongue-in-cheek ethos.
Although Marvel tends to do well with an overstuffed story, as the Russo Bros handling of Civil War proves, Ragnarok is quite a massive undertaking itself. Rumored to lead into the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, all the pieces of the puzzle will need to fit perfectly into place. If not, both cosmic superhero epics could come across as unwieldy and overblown. If Ragnarok does connect directly, hopefully the transition will be smooth and both films will continue Marvel’s impressive string of cinematic successes.