Thor: Ragnarok premiered in U.S. theaters on Nov. 3, 2017. The third and final solo installment for the God of Thunder, the film has been touted as the funniest Marvel Cinematic Universe flick thus far.
As with any Marvel film, there are plenty of Easter eggs and secrets revealed if you look hard enough. Here are some of the best from Ragnarok. Note: Majors spoilers ahead!
Taika Waititi made us laugh in more ways than one
Director Taika Waititi is being lauded for his hilarious film and the new direction he has taken Thor in. In fact, Waititi is so instrumental in this that he not only injects humor behind the scenes, but in front of the camera as well.
Waititi plays Korg, a giant rock creature called a Kronan. Korg is soft-spoken and silly, and a clear representation of Waititi’s comedic stylings, so it’s only appropriate that he did the motion capture work for the sidekick.
Mid-credits scene sets up Infinity War
Speaking of Avengers: Infinity War, the upcoming ensemble film has been kept even more under wraps than the previous Avengers flicks. But we did get a tiny nod to the upcoming movie.
In the mid-credits scene, Thor and Loki are aboard their ship with the rescued citizens of Asgard. Another, much larger spacecraft is then shown, one that looked strikingly similar in design to the one that Ronan piloted in Guardians of the Galaxy. And as we know from the only Infinity War footage we’ve seen, Thor and the Guardians are about to come face to face.
Valkyrie’s comic book origins
Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie broke quite a few Marvel boundaries with her appearance in Ragnarok. She’s the first black female lead the MCU has had, and Thompson has also confirmed that Valkyrie is bisexual, though her sexuality was not seen on screen — in fact, she didn’t have a love interest at all, despite the modicum of chemistry detected between her and the God of Thunder.
Valkyrie actually isn’t even her name — rather, Thompson plays a retired Asgardian warrior, part of a group known as the Valkyries. On Sakaar, where we meet this character, she’s known as Scrapper 142, which is a nod to the issue of The Incredible Hulk where she made her first comic book appearance.
The Infinity Gauntlet is a fake
Dating back to Phase 1, the Infinity Stones have been important. As more details have been revealed, one major plot hole has emerged: Why are there two Infinity Gauntlets?
We finally have the answer. As Hela is showing Skurge the hidden treasures of Asgard, she knocks over what appears to be the Gauntlet — affirming that this is a fake copy of the real one that Thanos has acquired.
‘Planet Hulk’ storyline
Speaking of “Planet Hulk” (the storyline where Korg is introduced in the comics), there are several connections to The Incredible Hulk comic in this film. This is no surprise. It’s now common knowledge that while Mark Ruffalo will not be headlining his own trilogy of Hulk movies, the character will get a lot of standout moments in other Marvel flicks.
As in “Planet Hulk,” the prisoners on Sakaar are controlled with obedience disks. They are also forced to fight as gladiators until they are set free. Additionally, Banner is stuck as the Hulk for years in Ragnarok, which also happened during “Planet Hulk.”
Contest of Champions
One of the standout characters of Ragnarok is Grandmaster, expertly played by Jeff Goldblum. The ruler of Sakaar is known as a game-player and enjoys manipulating heroes for his own entertainment.
Grandmaster hails from the Avengers comic series “Contest of Champions,” thus the tournament we see in Ragnarok. Another Easter egg comes in the form of the giant totem on Sakaar. It is adorned with the faces Marvel comics characters Bi-Beast, Ares, Man-Thing, and Beta Ray Bill.
These famous faces are only on screen for a moment
Ready for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo? When Thor arrives on Asgard after escaping Surtur in the beginning of the film, he comes across a strange sight — a play being performed, featuring himself and Loki.
Thor stops the show, which paints a warped version of Loki’s “death” in Thor: The Dark World. But not before we see familiar faces in the lead acting roles. Matt Damon portrays a dying Loki, while Luke Hemsworth assumes the role his brother has become best known for, Thor.
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