After dominating the box office for at least a decade, 2018 may be the year that superhero movies finally begin to make inroads come awards season. Despite their popularity with audiences, superhero movies (and really, genre films in general, despite some rare exceptions) have traditionally been snubbed when it comes time to dole out Oscars, Golden Globes, and the rest. Sure, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his performance in ‘The Dark Knight’, but much as he may have deserved it, does anyone honestly think he’d have been in the running if he’d been alive to collect the award?
But a push is materializing to turn that tide, as Disney and Fox alike have launched “For your consideration” campaigns for ‘Logan‘ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ respectively. And as part of its campaign, Disney has made the full shooting script for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ available for download. Beyond the award season push, the release of the script allows fans to get a deeper insight into the film itself, including its Easter eggs.
Among the Easter eggs that the screenplay clarifies is the film’s post-credit tag scene. In that scene, the Ark, on which Thor and his people fled the destruction of Asgard encounters a massive ship. Upon the film’s release, fans quickly speculated that the ship in this ominous scene was connected to Thanos, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige later acknowledged that the production staff had been referring to the ship as “Sanctuary-2,” seemingly confirming that speculation, as Thanos commonly makes use of ships named Sanctuary in the comics.
The script now confirms that, not only identifying the ship that greets the Ark as Sanctuary-2 but also describing it as “Thanos’ warship.” This connects with imagery seen in the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to suggest that… well, things are probably not going to end well for the Asgardians. We’ll find out this summer.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ stars Chris Hemsworth, Tim Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, and Karl Urban. The film will arrive on home video later this year.