Thor has been considered “the most boring superhero in the Marvel pantheon” (we beg to differ however, have you read about Thor’s exploits in traditional Norse mythology?), so it’s amazing how he’s getting his third movie, The Revengers Thor: Ragnarok, just six years after his debut in 2011!

To begin with, let’s all learn how to pronounce Ragnarok properly – the Nordic pronunciation sounds more like “rungi-neerarock”, rather than the way we’re all pronouncing it – rarg-nar-rock.

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is an event known as The Twilight of the Gods, which is basically Armageddon. Everyone dies, including most of the gods. On the bright side, it results in a fresh beginning for the entire universe. It’s hugely significant in Norse mythology – which is why we’re betting that Thor: Ragnarok‘s title is a huge hint at what will happen in the film.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and Hulk travel across the cosmos to stop Hela (Cate Blanchett), an evil goddess who is out to destroy Asgard and bring about Ragnarok. Along the way, they form their own ragtag team of superheroes (Valkyrie and Loki) to prevent the end of all that exists. Pretty routine superhero stuff.

Here are our speculations about what’s going to go down in Thor’s third film!

1. Odin dies

Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

In the mythological (ie, non-Marvel version) Ragnarok, Odin dies. So does Thor, Loki, Heimdall and basically everyone that’s famous. While we’re pretty sure that Thor and Loki won’t die (or if they do, they’ll come back to life just in time for Avengers: Infinity War), Odin probably will.

Why? Well, Ragnarok is The Twilight of the Gods, so at least one god has to, you know, meet his or her Twilight in the film. We already saw Frigga (Thor’s mummy, Odin’s wife) die in Thor: The Dark World, so it’s likely we’ll see another divine casualty in Thor: Ragnarok.

Besides, Odin’s death will be the perfect lead-in for Thor to become the King of the Gods, since he’s heir to the throne. He’s also probably going to be a much better ruler than Loki (who, in his short stint as ruler of Asgard, let Hela loose, tsk).

 

2. Iron Man or Captain America makes a cameo appearance

The Revengers: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The Revengers: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Captain America made a cameo in Thor: The Dark World (when Loki shapeshifted into his visage for a short while), so we’re pretty sure one of them is going to turn up, perhaps even in a post-credits scene.

Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man, is a little expensive, so our money is on Cap. However, in the comics, Iron Man did create a special Thorbuster Armour, an armour specially designed to defeat Thor, just like how the Hulkbuster Armour was specially designed to defeat Hulk. So we might see him donning the Thorbuster Armour in Thor: Ragnarok!

 

3. Jormungand (the Midgard Serpent) appears

The Fenris Wolf in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The Fenris Wolf in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Now, we already know that the Fenris Wolf appears in Thor: Ragnarok. In the original Ragnarok, Fenrir aka the Fenris Wolf is a giant, monstrous wolf that kills Odin (another reason why we think Odin’s going to bite it in this film!).

However, the original Ragnarok also has Jormungand, a serpent so big that it could encircle Midgard (Earth). Thor kills Jormungand, but dies from the injuries sustained in battle. We haven’t seen any sign of Jormugand, but it’s going to be one heck of a spectacular battle if we see an Earth-sized snake appear!

 

4. Doctor Strange fixes Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer

Hela (Cate Blanchett) grabs Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Hela (Cate Blanchett) grabs Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The trailer for Thor: Ragnarok shows Hela blowing up Thor’s powerful mystic hammer, Mjolnir. Now, Mjolnir is an important part of Thor’s identity, so we’re guessing he’s going to get it fixed. And since there are rumours of Doctor’s Strange’s appearance in Thor: Ragnarok (he’s already appeared in the Japanese trailer for Thor: Ragnarok), we’re betting he fixes Thor’s hammer.

I mean, who else would fix Mjolnir? Iron Man’s no expert in magic, and we don’t think Spider-Man or Nick Fury has the knowhow either. Loki might be able to do it, but Thor’s not going to trust Loki with his hammer. It’s got to be Doctor Strange.

 

5. Thor gains Megingjord, his Belt of Strength

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

In Norse mythology and Marvel Comics, Thor has a special artifact known as Megingjord, a belt. When he straps it on, his strength increases.

Now, we all know that he’s going to fight the Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. Thor might be super strong, but without Mjolnir, he’s going to find it difficult to last in battle with the Hulk. So he’s probably going to find another magical artifact to equal the odds, and what better artifact than Megingjord?

In fact, his new costume even features a belt! It could be Megingjord.

 

6. Hela meets the true goddess of death, Mistress Death

Hela (Cate Blanchett) the goddess of death in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Hela (Cate Blanchett) the goddess of death in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Do you all remember Thanos, the big purple guy who appeared at the end of Avengers and in the first Guardians of the Galaxy? He’s the big bad of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will be the omnipotent antagonist of Avengers: Infinity War. He’s rumoured to gain infinite power by assembling the Infinity Gauntlet, a collection of all the world-ending Infinity Stones that we’ve seen in the Marvel movies so far.

Now, if Thanos has a weakness, it’s that he’s in love with death – or rather, Mistress Death, the personification of death in the Marvel Comics universe. While Hela might be the Norse goddess of death, Mistress Death is death herself.

It’s highly possible that Mistress Death appears, since Hela claiming to be goddess of death is sure to step on her toes. After all, wouldn’t you want to take down anyone who claims to have the same dominion or powers as you?

And if Mistress Death appears… Thanos won’t be far behind.

 

Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

 

In Thor: Ragnarok, the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the good guys:

  • Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the big buff hero of the film
  • Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), the bigger and buffer green companion to Thor
  • Loki (Tom Hiddleston), everyone’s favourite villain
  • Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a skilled fighter
  • Heimdall (Idris Elba), a Norse god with great insight

join forces to deal with the villainous likes of ,

  • Hela (Cate Blanchett), goddess of death
  • Skurge the Executioner (Karl Urban), a super strong brute
  • the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), an enigmatically powerful gamer
  • Surtur the King of the Fire Giants (motion capture provided by director Taika Waititi), a massive fire monster
  • the Fenris Wolf, a gigantic wolf

in what could possibly be the most universe-shaking conflict we’ve ever seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

If you’re a true Marvel fan, you’re going to want to book your tickets in advance – we hear that Thor: Ragnarok is best enjoyed on a laser cinema projector (like the ones at Golden Village Paya Lebar) so that you can truly savour the rich palette of colours featured in the film.

After all, what better way would you want to watch the Twilight of the Gods?

 

Credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Golden Village Cinemas