Last June, this seemingly innocent tweeted photo appeared from Christopher Yost with the word “Shhhh.”
Earlier this week Marvel sent many fandoms into near collapse with their announcements of their future movie projects along with the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Here at 4YE the Marvel fans amongst us were all falling off our chairs…
And the awesomeness just keeps rolling in from them. What we all knew was coming has finally been announced. The official press release from Marvel reads as follows:
The Norse End of Days will come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017!
Chris Hemsworth will don the Mighty Avenger’s cape once more for the hero’s third solo adventure, and with a title as foreboding as “Ragnarok” you know he’ll have to rise to his toughest challenge yet this time around!
“This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”
That’s all very wonderful and exciting….but it gets even better because….
It was revealed at Tuesday’s Marvel event that Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki.
Okay breathe, I’m breathing, not very well but I’m breathing. . . . .
For those that aren’t up to speed in the comics, Loki helped to precipitate the Ragnarok storyline (or at least one of the stories named that because there has in fact been a few) when he frees Surtur and a number of other villains from custody on Asgard. As fans will know, Loki was sent to the dungeons as well for his ‘war-crimes’ on Midguard (Earth) during Avengers and at the end of Thor:The Dark World we saw that he was now sitting on Asgard’s throne (albeit glamoured as Odin) – so Loki has put himself in a convenient position to do what he does best; create mischief.
Fans of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Mr Hiddleston won’t actually be surprised at this news. Ever since his debut in 2011′s Thor, the God of Mischief has become one of the most popular characters in the series; a most beloved Villain if ever there was one. He served as the primary antagonist in The Avengers and formed an unlikely alliance with his brother during Thor: The Dark World. There is no doubt that Hiddleston obviously enjoys playing the character (as is evident from his deafening appearance in-costume at Comic-Con 2013) and Marvel enjoys putting him in the spotlight.
Back in 2013 during his promotional work for Thor: The Dark World , Hiddleston told Screenrant that he genuinely didn’t know where Loki’s character was headed… but as we know the movie ends heavily suggesting that this would lead into some story line within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Thor : Ragnarok storyline will have major implications on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will also take the Thor character to the “next level,” says producer Kevin Feige. In their beautiful way of intertwining all the elements, during the Avengers: Infinity War teaser that was shown at the Marvel LA event, it was also confirmed that Loki’s scepter is one of the Infinity Gems Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) will have in his Gauntlet.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in April/May 2015 and Thor: Ragnorak is set to be released in 2017. I’m just not sure I can wait that long. . . . for any of them!