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Ranking the MCU: The Road to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – #5

 

Thor: Ragnarok is the second newest MCU movie and the third Thor movie in that characters storyline. Thor: Ragnarok came to screens in November of 2017 and again starred Chris Hemsworth as Thor. The cast was really diversified from the first two movies starring Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Scrapper 142 / Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Taika Waititi portrays Korg, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, and Zachary Levi as Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral (Warriors Three), Cate Blanchett as Hela.

The movie begins two years after the Battle of Sokovia with Thor unsuccessfully Thor
searching for the Infinity Stones and is now imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur in Muspelheim. Surtur tells Thor that his father is not on Asgard, and that the realm will soon be destroyed in the prophesied Ragnarok, once he unites his crown with the Eternal Flame that is locked up in Odin’s vault. Thor then defeats Surtur and takes his crown, believing he has stopped Ragnarok.

When Thor returns to Asgard, he finds his brother Loki posing as Odin. Thor forces Loki into helping him find his father and with the help of Dr. Strange, they find him in Norway. Odin tells them he is dying and that when he dies, his first child Hela will be free from prison, where she has been sealed long ago. Hela had been a leader of the Asgardian Armies that had helped conquer the Nine Realms with Odin, but was written Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston in Thor: Ragnarokout of history and imprisoned due to her ambitions and bloodlust. Odin dies, and Hela is released from her prison and appears in front of them. Hela then destroys Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, and when Thor and Loki attempt to flee through the Bifröst Bridge, she pursues them and forces them out into space to die. Hell arrives in Asgard and destroys their army and killing the Warriors Three. She then resurrects her dead army and her giant wolf Fenris and appoints the Asgardian Skurge as her Executioner. Hela plans to use the Bifröst to expand Asgard’s empire, but Heimdall secretly steals the sword that controls the Bridge, and hides away with the rest of Asgard’s citizens.

Thor crash lands in Sakaar which is a garbage planet surrounded by wormholes. A slave trader with the tag Scrapper 142 find Thor and plants a shock disc on him and sells him as a gladiator to the Sakaar ruler, the Grandmaster, which Loki has befriended.  Thor
recognizes 142 as a Valkyrior, a legendary force of female warriors who were killed defending Asgard from Hela long ago. Thor is made to compete in the Grandmasters thor-ragnarok-hulk-1-600x316Contest of Champions, where he faces his Avenger friend Hulk. Thor is about to defeat the Hulk, when the Grandmaster sabotages him. While enslaved Thor tries to convince Hulk and Scrapper 142 to help him save Asgard, but neither want to. Thor escapes and finds the Quinjet that Hulk used to escape in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hulk follows Thor, where a recording of Black Widow plays making him transform back to Bruce Banner for the first time since the Battle of Sokovia.

The Grandmaster sends Scrapper 142 and Loki to find Hulk and Thor, but the pair come to blows and Loki forces her to relive the deaths of her fellow Valkyrior at the hands of Hela. Valkyrie decides to help Thor, taking Loki captive to prove her good intent. Not
wanting to be left behind, Loki helps them steal a ship from the Grandmaster. They then free all the other gladiators, lead by Korg and Miek, and stage a revolution. Loki tries to betray his brother to appease the Grandmaster, but Thor anticipates it and leaves him behind, where Korg and the other gladiators find him. Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie escape through a wormhole to Asgard, where Hela is attacking Heimdall and the Asgardian Thor: Ragnarokcitizens who are in hiding. Banner becomes the Hulk again fighting Fenris, while Thor and Valkyrie battle Skurge and the resurrected army. When Loki and the gladiators arrive they help shuttle the Asgardian citizens onto their ship, while a repentant Skurge sacrifices himself to allow their escape. Thor faces Hela who blinds his right eye and then has a vision of Odin that helps him realize only Ragnarök can stop her. While Hela is distracted, Loki locates Surtur’s crown and places it in the Eternal Flame. Surtur is reborn and destroys Asgard, seemingly killing Hela. Thor and the others escape with Asgard’s remaining citizens aboard the Grandmaster’s vessel. Thor, crowned the new king, decides to take his peoplethor-ragnarok-poster to Earth. In a mid-credits scene, they are intercepted by a larger unknown spacecraft. In a post-credits scene, the Grandmaster encounters a group of his former subjects, who are still rebelling.

Thor has been one of the slower franchises, so when we got Thor: Ragnarok it was such a different movie then anything we have gotten before from his previous movies. Thor: Ragnarok looked at everything that people got bored with in the first two movies, and switched it upside-down. Thor had long been too attached to Earth with such a rich history in space, that it was awesome to finally get to see him in his element in space. The change of cast was also a welcome change with Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett coming in. Overall it is one of the best new movies and deserves its spot at #5.

What do you think? Do you agree with Thor: Ragnarok‘s ranking or should it be higher or lower? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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