This page serves as a quick guide/FAQ for Thor 3 news, rumours, speculation and spoilers. This page was last updated: 25 August, 2016.
What we know of Thor 3 news so far
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- As of July 4th, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo have now begun filming for Thor Ragnarok at Village Roadshow Studios, on Australia’s Gold Coast.
- Mark Ruffalo released a short video on Twitter displaying part of the CGI process involved in playing the role of Hulk.
- Cate Blanchett has been cast to play the villain role of Hela, Goddess of the underworld realm of Hel.
- Tessa Thompson has been cast to play shield-maiden Valkyrie. Ally of Thor, it is speculated (but unconfirmed) that she will be Thor’s new love interest for the movie.
- Karl Urban has been cast to play Skurge.
- Jeff Goldblum has been cast as the Grandmaster.
- Despite a claim earlier in the year that Lady Sif will have a “pivitol role” to play in Thor 3, Jaimie Alexander is now no longer certain if she will be returning at all for Thor 3.
- Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis) and Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig) will not be returning for Thor 3.
- With 10 December came the news that Cate Blanchett was in final negotiations for a role in Thor Ragnarok. It has not yet been revealed as to what character she’ll be playing. Shortly after, it was revealed that Valkyrie would be introduced to the cinematic universe.
- 2 December brought us the revelation that female writer Stephany Folsom had been hired as the new writer for Thor 3.
- In October 2015, New Zealand director Taika Waititi was brought on as Thor 3’s director.
- Chris Hemsworth and Jaime Alexander have been confirmed as returning cast. Mark Ruffalo also revealed that the Hulk will also have a part in Thor 3.
- The release date for Thor: Ragnarok has been moved to 3 November, 2017 (initially 28 July, 2017, but this date clashed with Spiderman 3.)
- The title ‘Ragnarok’ is in reference to an apocalyptic event in both Norse mythology and the Marvel comics. It is not related to the comic character (a clone of Thor created by Tony Stark) of the same name. (confirmed on Marvel.com)
- Thor: Ragnarok was announced as the official title on 28 October, 2014.
- Thor 3 was officially confirmed by Kevin Feige in early Febuary, 2014. At the same time he also announced Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle as the co-writers. (Read more…)
Thor 3 rumours and speculation
That’s right folks, all of the following is absolutely unofficial. Take it all with a grain of salt.
Thor 3 won’t be released until 2017, and Loki won’t be the villain.
This supposed ‘leaked list‘ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s TV and movie lineup for the next gazillion years lists Thor 3’s release for 2017 – just ahead of Avengers 3. It also lists the Thor 3 villains as being Amora the Enchantress, Executioner and Surtur.
So far, this leaked list seems to be just another fanmade thing. However, given the latest announcements of Marvel’s movie line up, it does look likely that Thor 3 wil not be released until 2017.
The Enchantress as Loki’s love interest is Thor 3
When Tom Hiddleston was asked, many months back, who could be a love interest for Loki, he suggested Amora the Enchantress. One thing Tom may have forgotten is that although she has worked alongside Loki in the past, she has always had a thing for Thor.
Although Tom Hiddleston’s suggestion was simply his own opinion and not connected to any actual Thor 3 plot development, many websites have been reposting this as if it were concrete fact. It is not.
Lorelei featured in episode #15 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D after escaping to Earth during the prison break of Thor 3. Apparently. Lady Sif caught her and returned her to Asgard at Odin’s request. Of course, being that Odin is now actually Loki, we can assume he needs her special abilities for some nefarious plot…
We know from The Avengers that Loki’s probably in a wee bit of trouble with Thanos by now, but we also know that Loki now has access to Odin’s vault and all the treasures within it, including the Infinity Gauntlet seen in the first Thor film (which Thanos wants) and the Tesseract, which Thanos also wants.
While it’s highly unlikely he’ll be the Big Bad for Thor 3, there’s speculation (and I hope it’s correct) that Thanos will have some kind of influence on the events of the third Thor film. Perhaps by indirectly pulling strings.
Beta Ray Bill
A lot of fans would like to see Beta Ray Bill play a role in Thor 3. This horse-faced looking guy in a Thor suit is so noble and heroic, he’s not only worthy of wielding Mjolnir, but he also took Thor’s place as King of Asgard (or Regent?) while Thor was off trying to sort out the whole Ragnarok business. He even had a romantic link to Lady Sif. Some fans want Beta Ray Bill in Thor 3.
Loki vs Thanos vs Surtur = Thor’s called in for Damage Control
Coming back to the whole Surtur/Ragnarok thing, an interesting bit of speculation involving both Thanos and Ragnarok is that Loki will try to team up with Surtur in order to protect himself from Thanos. His plan will – as usual – backfire, causing a war between Surtur and Asgard and in turn causing him to need to reveal himself to and team up with Thor in order to try and prevent Asgard’s destruction. (Remember folks, Loki wants to rule Asgard, not destroy it. You can bet if his scheming goes askew in Thor 3 and Asgard ends up under threat, he’ll try to save it, even if he does so grudgingly…)
Fan speculation entirely, but one I wholly support!
Thor will be replaced by a woman. Katee Sackhoff has been offered the role. (RUMOUR BUSTED!)
After Marvel announced a major shake up to the comic universe in which Thor will be found unworthy to weild the hammer, and a female character will step up to take both his place, and his name, there has been speculation that this change to comic-lore will in turn affect Chris Hemsworth’s role in the movies.
There is nothing to support this rumor whatsoever. The Marvel Cinematic Universe exists within a seperate continuity from that of the comics, and many things take place within the comics that have no impact at all upon the movies.
Katee Sackhoff was a tongue-in-cheek fancast Joss Whedon posted to his twitter. It was by no means an attempt to ‘offer the role’ to her.
Other (Loki-related) Marvel Cinematic Universe rumour/speculation:
Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron?
- In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Idris Elba (aka Heimdall) revealed that he filmed a part for Avengers: Age of Ultron, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.
“Ironically, yesterday I had to…” Elba chuckles. He’s not meant to talk about this, but he clearly enjoys doing things he’s not meant to do. “I’m in Avengers,” he reveals. He means that his Thor character, deity-cum-sentry Heimdall, appears in Age of Ultron, the second installment of the superhero ensemble franchise. “And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth [who plays Thor] and Tom Hiddleston [Loki], and they’re like, [whispers] – ‘Aren’t you [meant to be] in Ibiza?’?”
- Unfortunately this scene was cut out. Which is a shame, given that Thor’s dream sequence in AoU ended up being pretty damned terrible. (More info on this here.)
Loki in Avengers: Infinity War?
- At one point it was claimed by DigitalSpy that Loki would return in Avengers: Infinity War. The original article was quickly taken off-line, but not before every media man and his dog had spread the rumour; passing it off as firm fact along the way. Unfortunately (boy, I hate saying that word) the original article was not based on fact, but supposition. Guesswork based purely on the Avengers: Infinity War announcement that showed Loki’s sceptre. (The article also claimed that Kevin Feige had confirmed Loki for Infinity War, but there was nothing to back up the claim. So far, Feige has not gone on public record to discuss Loki’s potential role in A:IW.)
- The gem within Loki’s sceptre has been confirmed as one of the Infinity Stones (the Mind gem.) THIS was why it was shown in the Infinity War announcement.
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