With the two-year window to its November 3, 2017 release fast approaching, it’s about time we started hearing some rumors about Thor: Ragnarok. Birth, Movies, Death‘s Devin Faraci is happy to start the rumor ball rolling. He cites sources inside Disney who gave him hints as to what to expect from the third Thor film. Things like:
- It has the potential to be Marvel’s darkest film yet: With Ragnarok in its title, the Norse mythology’s extinction event that is prophesied to feature death of the Norse gods, destruction of the universe, and a rebirth of all things, of course you can expect the film to be dark. But the original script by Christopher Yost might be too dark for Marvel because…
- Marvel hired director Taika Waititi specifically to lighten the tone: The New Zealand director who is best known for directing episodes of Flight of the Concords was supposedly picked to help add a comedic touch to the proceedings in order to bring them more in line with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Waititi is no stranger to comic book films. He is also an actor, and he appeared as Ryan Reynolds’ sidekick Tom Kalmaku in 2011’s Green Lantern.
- It might be a cosmic road trip movie featuring Hulk and Thor: This is where the rumors go of the rails of common sense. Because a Thor/Hulk road trip movie and a dark film don’t really seem to go together. And it seems like it’s become a habit to have some kind of rumor spring up that the Hulk will be in a future Marvel film (Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2). And, to this point, the Hulk hasn’t been the most loquacious character, so a road film with him would be like one with Rocket Raccoon and Groot, and, well, why don’t we have a cosmic road film with them instead?
- The film will supposedly introduce Valkyries into the MCU, including one particular Valkyrie many comic fans will be familiar with: If you are going to have a bunch of dead Norse gods, you’re going to have to have valkyries to sort out the dead. But Faraci says this will allow Marvel to introduce capital-V Valkyrie (seen to the right) into the MCU. Valkyrie, a.k.a. Brunhilde, a.k.a. Barbara Norris and a handful of other aliases, debuted in 1970’s Avengers #83, and was a long time featured character in Marvel’s Defenders title. She was a member of the mythical valkyries who fell out of favor with Odin and became the pawn of the villainous Amora the Enchantress. She eventually broke free of the Enchantress’ control and became a hero in her own right. Supposedly Rhonda Rousey has been in Marvel’s orbit for a part. Everybody assumes it will be Captain Marvel. What if it’s Valkyrie?
- If Valkyrie is there, could the Enchantress be far behind?: Faraci speculated that since the played such a big part in Valkyrie’s origin, that long-time Thor nemesis The Enchantress might finally make it to the big screen. This is pure speculation on Faraci’s part, and the MCU origins do not always mirror their comic book counterparts exactly. But the Enchantress (seen on the left) is one of the most prominent members of Thor’s rogues gallery and there has been a call for her to make her film debut. If she the call, I hope she brings the Executioner with her. The Executioner is an Asgardian mercenary who was the Enchantress’ partner for a time in the comics. He is one of my favorite characters, as he has a bit more character development that the typical Thor bad guy. It should be noted that the Enchantress’ comic book sister, Lorelei, has already made an appearance in the MCU, in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. program.
Of course, this is 99% gossip/1% speculation on Faraci’s part. He doesn’t even know if Brunhilde the Valkyrie will be a prominent character or just a a member of the valkyries shown on screen. We’ll find out more in the coming weeks and months, but pay attention to any actresses meeting with Marvel.