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  • In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is translated as "The Fate of the Gods", although it is often confused with the word "Götterdämmerung". The myth tells of the eventual destruction of the universe and mankind, as well as the deaths of several key figures in Norse Mythology, such as the gods Odin, Thor, Loki, Heimdall, Freyr, Sol, and Tyr, and the monsters, a.k.a. jotun, Fenris, and Jörmungandr. A new generation of gods, the children of Odin, Thor, and Sol specifically, will take the place of the old ones, as the cycle of the world starts anew.
  • According to Producer Kevin Feige, this film plays a significant role in setting up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • Chapter Five of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Since the Infinity Gauntlet's first appearance in Thor (2011), it is unknown if Thanos will also make an appearance, due to the fact that this film will set up Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • It will be the first Thor movie without Jane Foster and her team.
  • Jaimie Alexander thought she may not appear in the film due to her commitment on the television series Blindspot (2015). However, she was able to find time to film pivotal scenes.
  • Ruben Fleischer, Rob Letterman, and Rawson Marshall Thurber were considered to direct the film. Fleischer and Thurber were also candidates to direct Ant-Man (2015).
  • Thor's first appearance on-screen was as second lead in a Hulk-centered tv movie: The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988).
  • Thor is one of two Marvel Studios franchises to have a different director for each film (the other being Iron Man): Kenneth Branagh directed Thor (2011), Alan Taylor directed Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Taika Waititi directed this film.
  • Was filmed in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
  • Chris Hemsworth had to bulk up again for his role as the mighty god Thor. He had to follow a strict diet, and work out six to seven times a week, and eat around 6000 calories a day.
  • It is rumored that this film will be the last Thor film.
  • Chris Hemsworth's trainer, Luke Zocchi, revealed that Hemsworth put on twenty pounds of muscle for his role in the film, taking his weight over two hundred pounds, by following an "old-school bodybuilding regime lifting a large weight-load for small number of reps." Zocchi revealed Hemsworth's favorite body part to train was his biceps, saying, "We design the workout around the body parts he's gonna be showing off the most, he's gonna have his arms and shoulders showing (through the sleeveless armor), so that's the thing we really focus on building up. He probably bicep curls thirty kilo dumbbells on average, each hand, so one hundred twenty pounds total. We always do seated incline curls, standing curls, and hammer curls. We started lighter and slowly, progressively get heavier." Zocchi said they are trying to deliver Hemsworth's best physique yet for this film.
  • In the film, Valkyrie rides a winged horse. According to Marvel comics, the horse is named Aragorn. Aragorn is a major hero in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Cate Blanchett (Hela) and Karl Urban (Skurge) played Aragorn's allies Galadriel and Eomer.
  • Four of the male cast have appeared in at least one Star Trek movie: * Karl Urban (Skurge) played Dr. McCoy in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek: Beyond (2016). * Chris Hemsworth (Thor) was Lieutenant George Kirk in Star Trek (2009) and Untitled Star Trek Sequel. * Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) played Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). * Idris Elba (Heimdall) played Krall in Star Trek: Beyond (2016).
  • On his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Mark Ruffalo referred to his motion-capture suit as his "legendary man-canceling suit."
  • Jeff Goldblum starred with Chris Hemsworth's brother, Liam Hemsworth, in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
  • Mark Ruffalo has hinted that his appearance in this movie will primarily be as Hulk, not as Bruce Banner and the Hulk equally, as it has been, in his previous appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Along with Iron Man, Thor is the only other Marvel Studios franchise to have three different composers for each film: Patrick Doyle scored Thor (2011), Brian Tyler scored Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Mark Mothersbaugh scored this film.
  • This is the first film that Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum have appeared in together since Jurassic Park (1993).
  • This marks the third time that Sam Neill and Samuel L. Jackson have appeared in the same cinematic universe without having a scene together. Neill appeared in The Hunt for Red October (1990), while Jackson appeared in the sequel, Patriot Games (1992). The two also appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), along with Jeff Goldblum.
  • Cate Blanchett and Karl Urban are the fourth and fifth actor and actress from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to also appear in a film featuring the Incredible Hulk. John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) appeared in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) as the Kingpin. Liv Tyler (Arwen) appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008) as Betty Ross. Andy Serkis (Gollum) appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Black Panther (2018) as Ulysses Klaue.
  • Taika Waititi wanted to feature a cameo by Corpsman Rhomann Dey from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
  • In the comics and Norse myth, Valkyrie was a fair-skinned, blonde, Viking warrior-woman. In this film, she is played by Afro-Panamanian actress Tessa Thompson. According to Taika Waititi, this was a not deliberate decision to diversify the film, but to choose the best person: "You're working with comic-book Vikings, so you have to look at the source material as a very loose inspiration. A character's skin tone and hair color doesn't matter. I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job, and Tessa was the best person."
  • This film releases in 2017, the 55th anniversary of the debut of Thor (August 1962) and The Incredible Hulk (May 1962), as well as the centennial of their co-Creator Jack Kirby.
  • Cate Blanchett's youngest son Ignatius Martin Upton, acquired a cameo role in the film.
  • Charlize Theron was considered for the role of Hela.
  • This film releases in 2017, along with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). This marks the first time the Marvel Cinematic Universe has released three films in the same year.
  • Director Taika Waititi said that he wanted to showcase Chris Hemsworth's comedic talent in this film: "He's so good and underutilized in that department. He's legitimately one of the funniest things in this film."
  • Taika Waititi cited the heroic team-ups in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), 48 Hrs. (1982), Withnail & I (1987), Midnight Run (1988), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986) as influences on the heroes' dynamic in this film.
  • To prepare for her role as Hela, Cate Blanchett studied capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.
  • Cate Blanchett accepted a role in this movie to please her children, who are Marvel comics fans. Blanchett's eldest son Dashiell John Upton suggested she take the role of Hela, saying it'd be a career boost.
  • Thor wields a mace in his fight with the Incredible Hulk. In the Marvel comics, this mace was used by Thor's ally, Hercules.
  • In the Marvel Comics event "Civil War", Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Hank Pym, created a cyborg clone of Thor, called Ragnarok.
  • Jeff Goldblum was previously considered for the role of Dr. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. Hulk in Hulk (2003).
  • Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), alongside Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury in the MCU films).
  • This is the first time Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Incredible Hulk appears in a non-Avengers film (apart from a post-credits cameo as Bruce Banner in Iron Man 3 (2013)). This is also the first time in nine years the Hulk appears in a non-Avengers film.
  • The trailer generated more than 136 million views in its first 24 hours after being released.
  • Cate Blanchett (Hela) had starred alongside John Rhys-Davies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Rhys-Davies had previously voiced Thor in Fantastic Four (1994).
  • Taika Waititi appears in this film as the alien being Korg. Waititi is the second Marvel film Director to have a major role in his own film, after Jon Favreau (who directed the first two Iron Man films, and appeared as "Happy" Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
  • A panel in the Grandmaster's (Jeff Goldblum's) viewing room is decorated with Jack Kirby artwork that comes from the the Marvel comic "Fantastic Four" #64 (July 1967).
  • When shipping out promotional materials for this movie, it was given the code name "Creature Report" to discourage theft.
  • Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe described working on the film as both satisfying and frustrating: "As a Cinematographer, your function is to achieve a technically flawless image, to the service of the Director, and a key character of production, which is the Visual Effects Supervisor. At times, it is difficult to know where you are inside the movie, but I am very happy to have been able to respond to such incredible technical requirement."
  • Taika Waititi consulted with theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson, who previously consulted on the second season of Agent Carter (2015), on space travel, and allowed Johnson to view early drafts of the script. Johnson felt Waititi was "receptive and super-excited" about the information he provided, and Johnson gave him physics ideas that could "wink at some of the classic old Thor stuff".
  • Cate Blanchett discussed with Marvel and Taika Waititi to help define when Hela would be masked, and when she would not be.
  • Taika Waititi described the film as a "1970s and 80s science fiction fantasy, the most 'out there' of all the Marvel movies." He cited Big Trouble in Little China (1986) as a major influence on the film: "It's a fun adventure film that has big stakes, but also has a breakneck speed and takes you on a crazy adventure."
  • Hela (Cate Blanchett) is the first main villain in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film to be female, but not the first in the entire MCU. The first female main villain was AIDA from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fourth season.
  • When Thor throws his hammer at Hela, there is a graffito behind him that reads "skux life". This is a phrase heard in Taika Waititi's previous film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).
  • Tessa Thompson based her performance as Valkyrie on Sarah Connor from Terminator 2 (1991).
  • The Marvel logo is colored green, the colors for Hela and the Hulk.
  • It was revealed by the second trailer released on July 22nd, that Bruce Banner will appear in the movie, and that he will not only be in his Hulk form.
  • Clancy Brown, who voices Surtur, had previously played Odin in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010).
  • The first time the Incredible Hulk says more than two words in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
  • Taika Waititi based Korg's character on Polynesian bouncers: "We wanted to change the idea of what a hulking guy made of rocks could be. He's huge and heavy, but with a light soul, and he's funny and friendly."
  • Eighty percent of the dialogue in the film was improvised, in order to create a "very loose and collaborative mood" among the cast.
  • Topaz (Rachel House) is an ally of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in this film. In the comics, she was a sorceress.
  • Thor's "friend from work" line about the Hulk was suggested to Chris Hemsworth by a Make-A-Wish child who paid a visit to the set on the day the scene was filmed.
  • This film adds several more actors to the Marvel Universe who have previously worked with actor and Director Sir Richard Attenborough. Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3 (2013)) and Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) appeared in Gandhi (1982), while Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, and Sir Anthony Hopkins appeared in Chaplin (1992). Previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films have also featured Samuel L. Jackson, who acted opposite Attenborough in Jurassic Park (1993). This film adds Jurassic Park cast mates Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, as well as Cate Blanchett, who acted opposite Attenborough in Elizabeth (1998).
  • The shortest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to date. The length of the film will be one hour and forty minutes.
  • Cate Blanchett played Hela in a motion-capture suit, because of Hela's ability to shapeshift her body. She said this was a bit awkward, since she got confused in a few scenes.
  • First "Thor" film to not feature Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, or Stellan Skarsgård.
  • Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" appears in the film, and the trailer. This is noteworthy, because Led Zeppelin is notorious for very rarely licensing out their music for use in feature films, television series, or video games. The majority of other films that have had Led Zeppelin music are related to rock journalist Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous), making this one of the few films to feature Zeppelin music that in no way involves Crowe.
  • The film was retitled in Japan as "Thor: Battle Royale", an homage to the Koushun Takami story "Battle Royale", about people who are imprisoned in an arena and forced to kill each other.
  • According to Taika Waititi, while the film adapts the "Planet Hulk" storyline, Hulk wasn't going to be in the film at all; it was only supposed to be Thor stranded on an alien battlefield-world.
  • A street on Sakaar is named "Kirby Way", after Marvel artist/writer Jack Kirby.
  • The filmmakers cite the work and art of "Thor" writers Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson, and Jason Aaron as an influence on the film.
  • Taika Waititi describes Ragnarok as reinvention: "While Ragnarok traditionally means the end of everything, in the context of the film it means disassembling what's already there, and rebuilding it. To me, it's stripping down the establishment, and then building it up in a new way, which is almost like this cyclic idea of Ragnarok. I love heroes that really go through ordeals and then come out the other end completely changed. That's way more exciting and interesting. You can never go back from that."
  • The filmmakers cite Big Trouble in Little China (1986)'s Jack Burton as an influence on Thor: "What's the version of Thor just wanting to get his truck back? He's the one looking at the world and bringing a certain sarcasm and irony to this cosmic landscape."
  • In the comics, the Grandmaster has blue skin. Taika Waititi decided against applying blue on Jeff Goldblum, because he felt Goldblum was a good enough actor to not need it, and because Goldblum had already played a blue-colored character in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
  • Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba's highest billing to date in any Marvel movie.
  • Although the film is technically Thor's third solo outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he appeared in both Avengers movies and Doctor Strange (2016), making this his sixth appearance in the franchise, not including the Team Thor promo videos for this film.
  • Thor calls his team the Revengers. In the film, it is a counterpart to the Avengers ("revenge" and "avenge" have the same meaning - to strike back); in the Marvel comics, the Revengers were a team of supervillains/anti-heroes made to oppose the Avengers.
  • This marks the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Lou Ferrigno will not voice The Hulk. Mark Ruffalo will voice Hulk instead. Ferrigno voiced Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (2008), The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • Tessa Thompson revealed that Valkyrie is bisexual.
  • Before the sets created for Marvel's Doctor Strange were demolished, Waititi took advantage of them by writing and filming a scene for Ragnarok featuring Thor meeting Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange. Marvel and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson felt the scene was "kind of perfect" to show Strange joining the wider MCU after his stand-alone introduction in that film, so the scene appears during the credits of Doctor Strange (2016).
  • Comic artist and Thor co-creator Jack Kirby was one of Waititi's major visual inspirations for the film.
  • The names of the various space ships in this movie are a nod to Australia's Holden car marque. They are model names of various iconic models, such as the Commodore, Torana, Statesman and Kingswood.
  • Thor is currently the only Avenger who has a shirtless scene in all three of his solo films (other than the Hulk, of course, who is shirtless in all his movies including Thor: Ragnarok). In addition to that, he also had a shirtless scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the film, while his older brother Luke Hemsworth plays Thor in a play within the film. Their younger sibling Liam Hemsworth was considered for the role of Thor.
  • The Commodore is colored in red, yellow and black, the colors of Aboriginal Australian community. Taika Waititi wished to pay tribute to his Australian country by having a ship in Australian colors.
  • (Cameo) Stan Lee: comic-book writer who co-created Thor and the Hulk, appears as the barber who cuts Thor's hair.
  • Valkyrie carries the designation of SR-142. In the Marvel comics, Valkyrie was briefly a mortal woman named Samantha Parrington, who served as an adversary for the Hulk in "The Incredible Hulk #142" (August 1971).
  • Korg (Taika Waititi) offers Thor a three-pronged wooden spear, saying "it's not much use unless you want to kill three vampires who are all clustered together", a clear reference to Waititi's previous film What We Do in the Shadows (2014), about a group of vampires who live together.
  • The retirement home in New York City is named "Shady Acres", the same name as the psychiatric institute in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), which was a play on that film's director Tom Shadyac.
  • In the scene where Thor is about to be introduced to the Grandmaster an instrumental version of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) plays in the background.
  • On Earth, Thor disguises his hammer Mjolnir as an umbrella. In the comics, whenever Thor took on the mortal form of Dr Donald Blake he disguised Mjolnir as a walking stick.
  • The Grandmaster's cousin Carlo, who got melted, is named after comic book artist, Carlo Pagulayan. Pagulayan was the artist who created the character Korg. He was responsible along with writer Greg Pak for the Incredible Hulk comics between 2006-2007 and the Planet Hulk storyline. Both of them were given a special mention of thanks at the closing credits.
  • Sif was originally supposed to appear in the film, but actress Jaimie Alexander's shooting schedule for the third season of her TV series Blindspot (2015) clashed with this film's schedule. It was decided to have the character written out with producer Kevin Feige saying that Sif was on a mission during the same time as Ragnarok.
  • Director Taika Waititi named all of the spaceships in the film after Holden model cars, such as the Commodore and the Statesman.
  • When Thor becomes a gladiator, he has his signature long hair cut short. In ancient Roman history, slaves who were sent to gladiator school and trained as gladiators had their hair cut short.
  • In the early 1990's legendary Incredible Hulk writer Peter David was asked who he'd like to see portray Bruce Banner / The Hulk in a big screen feature film, his choice at the time was Sir Kenneth Branagh who would later direct the first Thor (2011).
  • Director Taika Waititi revealed that his character was named Korg, "like the piano"
  • The comment made during the play where Loki asks Thor for forgiveness for turning Thor into a frog is based on Thor volume 1 issues 364-366 during Walter Simonson's run of the comic. Thor was turned into a enormous bullfrog and, after an adventure in the sewers of New York City, would eventually lift his hammer, turning into a 6' 6" fighting mad "thunder frog" before returning home to convince Loki to restore Thor to his human form.
  • Korg is a member of the Kronan race and made his debut in Journey into Mystery #83, where he was defeated by Thor. He is most known for his appearance in Planet Hulk, where he fought with Hulk and his Warbound on Sakaar to defeat the Red King, and in World War Hulk, where he assisted Hulk in his revenge against the heroes who shot him into space following the destruction of Sakaar.
  • First film from director Taika Waititi that was not also written by him.
  • During Thor's bout with the Hulk, there is a red character standing behind the Grandmaster who resembles Arishem of the Celestials from Marvel Comics.
  • Loki's play mentions a time when he turned Thor into a frog. This is a reference to a Walter Simonson story where Loki briefly turned Thor into a frog (but he was able to meet a frog named Puddlegulp and share his power with him, turning him into Throg the Frog of Thunder).
  • This movie marks the third time that a Kronan has appeared in the marvel cinematic universe. The first was in the opening battle of Thor: The Dark World (2013), then in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) as Rocket and Yondu venture to Ego's planet and now as Korg.
  • The second film to co-star Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. The two previously starred together in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Both films also feature a score by Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Was sent to theaters under the name "Creature Report".
  • In addition to his credited role as the voice of Korg, director Taika Waititi told Empire magazine that he also played two other roles in this movie: "I am one of the heads on the three-headed alien, this character called Haju. I'm the head on the right. And I'm also the motion-capture for Surtur." American actor Clancy Brown ultimately played the voice of Surtur.
  • The third film in the Marvel Cosmic Universe. The first two being Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017).
  • Having directed the first film, Kenneth Branagh turned down the chance to return as this film's director in order to work on 'Murder on the Orient Express' instead.
  • After dispatching Loki, Dr. Strange leaves his business card, which reads "177A Bleecker St". While truly accurate to the comics, and very similar to "221B Baker Steet" (Who Benedict Cumberbatch also plays), is not an Easter egg. It was the real NY address of the creator of the Dr. Strange.
  • After Heimdall protects escaping Asgardians in a forest, he leads them to a cave for safety. The accompanying instrumental is exactly the same theme used in _"Stagate SG-1"(1997)_ for the Asgard, an alien race who also protects earth from other worldly threats. In Season 2 episode 15, The Fifth Race, towards the end when Col. Jack O'Neill is saved by the Asgardians by having the Ancients knowledge removed from his mind, you can hear the instrumental theme in the background.
  • In the Contest of Champions arena when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is getting ready to meet the reigning champion, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) introduces to the opponent, about to enter the ring, as "..Your Increeedibllleee..." before the Hulk Smashes through the door screaming, This is a direct nod to comics where the Hulk appears in his own comic book series called 'The Incredible Hulk' first published by Marvel in 1962.
  • In just 10 days, it grossed over $650 million worldwide.
  • The "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!" attraction in Disney California Adventure is themed as the fortress of Taneleer Tivan (otherwise known as the Collector). The fortress is part of the city skyline behind Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster character.
  • Thor throws Mjolnir at Hela, and she catches it. This makes Hela the second character (besides Vision) who is worthy enough to lift Mjolnir. She wielded Mjolnir in the past as depicted in a painting, but that was before her banishment/Odin had cast then worthiness charm.

Spoilers

  • The film is mainly based on the Thor comics storylines "Ragnarok" (Thor discovers Asgard is doomed to Ragnarok and must fight to stop it from happening) and the Surtur saga (Surtur appears, and Thor and Loki team up to stop him). It also incorporates elements of the Marvel storylines "Contest of Champions" (the Grandmaster and Death host a tournament) and "Planet Hulk" (the Hulk becomes a gladiator on an alien world).
  • In the Norse mythology and the Marvel comics, Loki is the father of Hela and Fenrir the Wolf.
  • This film contains three members of the comic book incarnation of The Defenders superhero group: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Doctor Strange is a founding member of The Defenders.
  • The song heard in the trailer and Thor's first/last battles is Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". It was specifically chosen because its lyrics make mention of Norse religion.
  • Skurge carries out his last stand from "Thor #362" (December 1985), where he fended off Hela's army, at the cost of his life, to save Thor and his friends.
  • Mjolnir is destroyed in this film by Hela, Thor's sister. In the comics, the hammer was damaged in a fight between Thor and his grandfather Bor.
  • Tessa Thompson appeared with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the television show Westworld (2016) alongside Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke Hemsworth, who has a cameo in Ragnarok as an Asgardian actor playing Thor in a play.
  • As his hammer was destroyed by Hela, Thor is said to have a sledgehammer for later films. This hammer is said to be called Stormbreaker.
  • Taika Waititi felt that despite the events of the film setting up Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the film would not only stand on its own, but reinvent the franchise: "A lot of what we're doing with the film is, in a way, dismantling and destroying the old idea and rebuilding it in a new way that's fresh. Everyone's got a slightly new take on their characters, so in that way, it feels like Thor (2011)."
  • The fire beast known as Surtur appears in this movie, based on a reveal from Funko and from Comic-Con footage.
  • Tom Hiddleston explains that since Thor: The Dark World (2013), "Loki has devoted most of his efforts to narcissistic self-glorification, not so much on good governance. Loki has always tested the limits of his power and the boundaries placed upon him. He doesn't just stick his finger in the electrical plug socket, he burns the house down. And now he has to deal with the consequences."
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins had decided against returning as Odin, but upon reading the story, he changed his mind.
  • Hela is primarily based on her comic version (the Norse goddess of death and apocalypse), but incorporates traits from Thor's enemy Gorr the God Butcher (an enemy who wields a magic sword and can create constructs) and Thor's sister Angela (a rival to Thor).
  • Tom Hiddleston describes Loki as dealing with permanence: "It's in Loki's nature to change. He's a mercurial spirit, and the minute you try to define him he changes shape. But events in Ragnarok try and inspire him to change forever. The Goddess of Death shows up, and the stakes are high for everybody, so Loki, perhaps more than ever, is challenged to define himself in the face of that threat. He and Thor are in such an extraordinary situation where everything is so unfamiliar that their familiarity, as family members, becomes important."
  • Valkyrie wears two armors based on her "Defenders" outfits in the comics: on Sakaar, she has a leather outfit that comes from her 2013 "Fearless Defenders" comic she later dons a silver-gold full-body armor, her "Defenders" armor from the 70s.
  • Hela is Thor's sister in this film. This was from Hela's first appearance in the comics, where she was established as Odin's daughter; this was written out and replaced with Hela as Thor's niece, in keeping with Norse mythology.
  • The confrontation with Thor and Hela, where Hela destroys Mjolnir, was originally to be set in New York, but Taika Waititi felt the setting wasn't right and re-shot the sequence in a field. The original footage (shot in Brisbane, Australia) can be seen in the July 22nd 'Offical Trailer' in the 2nd shot of the trailer.
  • Matt Damon, Sam Neill and Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke all make cameos as actors in a play recreating a scene from Thor: The Dark World (2013). They play Loki, Odin and Thor respectively.
  • Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster features in a post-post-credit scene.
  • The Grandmaster's tower features statues of his champions, who are notable figures from Marvel comics: the Greek god Ares the alien being Beta Ray Bil the supernatural entity Man-Thing the android monster the Bi-Beast.
  • The Infinity Gauntlet made its first MCU appearance briefly in Odin's vault in Thor (2011), imbued with all six infinity stones. The gauntlet was next seen in an Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) post-credits scene, in Thanos' vault with all infinity stones missing and Thanos stating "Fine. I'll do it myself". As most of the infinity stones have been identified within the MCU, fans speculated that the complete Infinity Gauntlet seen in Odin's vault must have been either a replica created by Odin or a continuity gaff. This movie addresses the gaff and answers the question; as Hela walks through Odin's Vault, she knocks the Infinity Gauntlet over and states "Fake!"
  • When Valkyrie sells Thor to the Grandmaster, she mentions the price, and Topaz says the line "tell her she's dreaming". This is a direct reference to The Castle (1997), a classic Australian film. The Castle also stars Eric Bana, who played Hulk in Hulk (2003).
  • The survivors of Ragnarok decide to head to Earth. In the Marvel comic event "Siege", Asgard was annihilated and its survivors decide to stay on Earth.
  • Thor gets Loki to remove his Odin disguise by throwing his hammer and grabbing Loki with his hammer hand, so that the hammer would return to his hand and crush Loki unless he removed his enchantment. This came from a Walter Simonson Thor comic story where Thor realized Loki had put him under a love spell.
  • There is a reference to the Christchurch earthquakes rebuild efforts by Korg regarding rebuilding Asgard.
  • Stan Lee appears as the man about to cut Thor's hair.
  • In this film Hogun the Grim has the most screen time of The Warriors Three before being killed which is the opposite of his last appearance where he had the least.
  • During the final battle after Thor's right eye is damaged, and missing, he lands on the bridge in full God mode with only his left one glowing. This was changed in the trailer, presumably to not spoil it.
  • Natalie Portman and Jaimie Alexander didn't return for the film. Natalie Portman declined to return as Jane Foster and announced she wouldn't star in anymore Marvel comic book movies and Jaimie Alexander was busy working on her TV series Blindspot (2015). Thor mentions Jane Foster in dialogue and tells Loki that he dumped her. But, Lady Sif's absence in the film is unexplained and the character is not mentioned.
  • Cate Blanchett plays the daughter of Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins's first role was as Richard in The Lion in Winter (1968), in which his mother was played by Katharine Hepburn. Blanchett played Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).
  • Skurge shows his lady friends 2 machine guns he picked up in Texas, and says he named them "Dez" and "Troy." Dez Bryant is currently a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, and Troy Aikman is a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
  • The film's cast includes three Oscar winners: Cate Blanchett, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and (in an uncredited cameo role) Matt Damon; and four Oscar nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo and Taika Waititi.
  • In the play enacted towards the beginning of the movie, the actor playing Loki recounts the times he troubled his brother. Among the incidents he recalls, he mentions one where Loki turned Thor into a frog. This is a direct reference to a similar incident that took place in Walt Simonson's legendary run in the comics when Thor was actually turned into a frog and remained so between issues #364 - #366.
  • The song that plays during the opening and final battles references Valhalla, the hall located in Asgard where those fallen in battle are carried by Valkyries and laid to rest until called upon by Odin in Ragnarok. In the film they are ironically called upon by Hela to begin Ragnarok.
  • Matt Damon makes a surprise cameo as an actor portraying Loki in a play honoring the God of Mischief's apparent self-sacrifice in Thor: The Dark World. Damon also played an archangel named Loki in Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999).
  • The spaceship seen in the mid-credit scene is the Sanctuary II, which belongs to Thanos.
  • In the play at the beginning Matt Damon portrays Loki. In the movie Dogma he played the fallen angel Loki.
  • During MCU's Captain America: Civil War, all of the current Avengers line up (apart from Thor and Hulk) turn up, choose a side and fight one another. In the Civil War comic book story line this is also what happens but on a much grander scale, again both Thor and Hulk are not present. The reason for both of them not being there in the Marvel comic book is because Hulk was on Sakaar and Thor had just been involved in Ragnarok, just like in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • When Thor sees the ruins of the palace ceiling fresco, there is a crack running through his portrait's right eye, foreshadowing how Hela wounds him.
  • When Thor and Loki are stood in public outside a demolished retirement home Thor can be seen wearing the Hulk's classic colors of green and purple
  • Thor disguises Mjolnir as an umbrella and taps it on the ground and changes back into his in the same way that Donald Blake used as the walking stick was always used when Blake, who's a crippled physician turned into Thor by taping it on the ground in the comics.
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