Whether or not Thor is your favorite superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his absence of late is hard to deny. Fans haven’t heard from the god of thunder since ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, leaving many to wonder what exactly the buff, strong, talented, funny hero has been up to…sorry, what was I saying?
When we last saw the Odinson, he was trying to tell Tony Stark and Captain America something that should have been painfully obvious to them: that someone is trying to achieve something with the Infinity Stones. Fans of the films would think that after dealing with both the Tesseract (the Space Stone) and the Mind Stone that was hidden in Loki’s staff before becoming a part of the Vision, the Avengers might have started to draw some connections. But, as we know, they did not.
In a moment of clarity that could have been inspired by his encounter with the Reality Stone in ‘Thor: The Dark World’, Thor leaves Earth to find out what has been going on in the cosmic realm of the MCU. His absence from ‘Captain America: Civil War’ suggested that he had better things to do than deal with Steve and Tony’s super drama, but with new information from the set of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, we now know just what the god has been up to. It would seem Thor has been doing a lot of traveling.
The teaser and trailer for the upcoming ‘Ragnarok’ film make it a little difficult to try to figure out just when and where everything happens in the story, especially how everything relates to all the other things happening in the MCU. Producer Brad Winderbaum explains that the movie takes place roughly around the same time as ‘Civil War’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ During this time, Thor has been busy traveling through space, looking for the person that he believes is bringing the Infinity Stones together. He ends up being captured in Muspelheim, a fire filled realm that is one of nine controlled by the demon Surtur.
But enough about Thor. What has everyone’s favorite engine of destruction been up to? Much like his counterpart, Hulk has been traveling for some time when ‘Ragnarok’ picks up. However, while Thor’s been off globetrotting on his own, we find out that the Hulk was apparently tossed into the far reaches of space thanks to a conveniently placed wormhole.
In his final scene in ‘Age of Ultron,’ the Hulk boards a Quinjet and takes off, ignoring Black Widow’s demands that he return. While it was hinted that the Quinjet may have crashed, ‘Ragnarok’ explains that soon after making it into space, the aircraft was swallowed by a wormhole and spat out somewhere near Sakaar, the gladiator planet controlled by the Grandmaster.
This brings us back to Thor! Eventually, he manages to make it off Muspelheim and back to Asgard where he reunites with Odin, who we find out is Loki in disguise. Loki took their father’s place at the end of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and has seemingly been impersonating him ever since.
We would be remiss not to mention the lovely Jane Foster! Long distance relationships are hard. Especially when one party is traveling through the farthest reaches of the galaxy. I mean, could they even Skype? While one could argue that part of the reason the pair broke up is because Natalie Portman bowed out of the MCU, Thor and Jane went ages without really seeing or hearing from one another, which would put a strain on any relationship.
By the time ‘Ragnarok’ really gets going, Thor is a free agent, but according to Chris Hemsworth, the movie will have some “respectable fun” explaining how Thor and Jane’s relationship came to an end.
So there you have it! Don’t miss your chance to see what else our merry band of heroes get themselves into when “Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters November 3.