Thor: Ragnarok is a pretty highly anticipated movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It can’t, however, hold a candle to the anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, a film that will undoubtedly change the MCU as we know it.
In a recent interview with Screen Rant, producer Brad Winderbaum gave a little insight as to how Thor: Ragnarok paves the way for Infinity War:
“In Winter Soldier we broke down some of the real fundamental ideas about the MCU that you took for granted, specifically S.H.I.E.L.D.. I think that also in phase one, we established this cosmology that involved Asgard and Odin, and certain ideas of things that you just thought were eternal and could never change. And what this film does is it breaks them down in a very similar way [to how] Winter Soldier broke down ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’. Much like Winter Soldier took a lot of ideas off the playing field to make it harder on the Avengers in Ultron, [Ragnarok is] a similar thing. The whole cosmic world of the MCU was… you had Thanos, and you had Chitauri, and you have threats from above coming. But you also have Asgard, you also have these protective forces out there too… we make it much harder for those protections to come help our heroes as we enter [Avengers 3].”
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Thor, as he was noticeably absent from Captain America: Civil War. There was a reason for that, though, according to a new report:
“For all the fans who have been wondering why Thor wasn’t around to get involved with the skirmish in Captain America: Civil War, the events of Thor: Ragnarok hold the answer. When we catch up with Thor at the beginning of the movie, he’s been away on his own for two years, but he hasn’t been sulking.
Instead, he’s been trying to track down the puppet master behind some of the recent near-world-ending events, and looking for the Infinity Stones in order to prevent the doomed future he saw for Asgard and his people in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This has sent him across the cosmos on a number of adventures that have branched off from his original quest.”
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3rd while Avengers: Infinity War will be here May 4th, 2018.