Thor: Ragnarok is currently finishing up pre-production, and considering it’s part of Marvel’s phase three of the movie series, the story entailing the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be intensifying quite nicely considering the involvement of Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, and the stones. According to Latino-Review, phase three seems to set the scene for climactic events with the Avengers: Infinity War movies marking its conclusion.
Thanos is currently behind the scenes played by Josh Brolin who wound up in post-credit clips with lengthy dialogue involving Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy. So who knows what to expect in Thor: Ragnarok, except for a juicy spoiler involving Heimdall. Feel free to read no further regarding the Asgardian Bifrost guard.
It is said Thor will pair up with Hulk to take on Hela, Ruler of the Dead. Not only Asgard is doomed should she take power, but the universe as well, according to Latino-Review. Apparently, there is an event that occurs, Ragnarok, which kills off and resurrects the Asgardian gods. In real life Norse lore, names of the gods were mentioned, according to Wikipedia.
Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki
Heimdallr and Heimdall are one and the same according to Norse mythology and Wikipedia. Legend has it he keeps his perceptive eyes peeled for the Ragnarok event. It was this event which led to his death while battling Loki who also dies. That being said, it looks like the Thor: Ragnarok movie spoiler about the Bifrost guardian have been inspired by Norse legend.
Thor takes on Hela and as a result, she destroys his hammer and kills Heimdall. The upside to this though, as the spoilers continue, is that two armies face off with each other in a climactic event, one of them being led by Heimdall himself, according to Cinema Blend. This does seem to be analogous to that of regular Norse lore regarding resurrection of the gods which led to a report by Geek talking about how this big battle will also involve “reanimated corpses, Valkyries, and plenty of others.”
Of course, his character being killed off probably gave actor Idris Elba great joy as he didn’t particularly care for the experience while he was filming Thor 2, according Cinema Blend.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, there is a scene where Thor encounters Heimdall during celebratory activities. He notes the appearances of Heimdall’s eyes and the response.
“Oh, they see everything! They see you leading us to Hel!”
Thor: Ragnarok’s character Hela reigns over Hel, an area in comic book lore that accommodates those in the afterlife based on how they lived it. According to Marvel Wikia, Hela is said to be allegedly the daughter of Loki and it looks like she was even foreseen as a threat in the Marvel Comics by the three “Asgardian goddesses of fate.”
Fast forward to Ragnarok and the attack on Asgard, which, in contrast, shows that it was Balder who was killed by Loki and Hela. No mention of Heimdall in this comic book event. So would it seem that the story for the movie stemmed from Norse mythology instead of previous comic book stories?
Director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, made reference in regard to the Norse mythology of the apocalypse, and Collider talked about how the director would likely be doing a fresh take on the movie as if it was the first Thor flick.
“Nobody knows what Ragnarok is. I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy!”
The Thor: Ragnarok movie opens in theaters come Nov. 3, 2017.
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