It is hard to argue against the notion that the Thor series is one of the weaker elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor was fun when it hit theaters in 2010, but Thor: The Dark World was unquestionably a drag -- and it's often considered the worst entry in the MCU. Chris Hemsworth's solo Marvel franchise needs an absolute Hail Mary to redeem itself, and that's where Thor: Ragnarok comes in. Disney has just released an official synopsis for the third installment, and it sounds like the film is quite literally shooting for the stars with the help of a badass, gladiator Hulk.
Disney has finally released the synopsis for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, and it honestly seems like nothing that we have ever seen from a Thor movie before. The overall premise of the film follows our favorite Asgardian badass marooned across the universe -- without the aid of Mjolnir -- in a desperate race to get back home before the villainous Hela's (Cate Blanchett) apocalyptic "Ragnarok" event destroys his kingdom. Along the way, he finds himself stranded on an alien planet (seemingly Sakaar, based upon other recent reports) and forced to face off against The Incredible Hulk in a vicious gladiator battle. That's right folks; these two are due for a rematch.
Based on this synopsis, it sounds like Marvel is going to tell a hybrid Hulk-Thor story that serves the needs of both characters in different ways. While Thor: Ragnarok will most certainly pay off the plot threads planted during Thor's dream sequence in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seems that the film will also serve as a de facto Planet Hulk movie. This makes quite a bit of sense, as Marvel does not currently have a solo Hulk movie on its slate at any point in the near future, and this is an easy way to appease fans that have demanded a Planet Hulk movie for quite some time.
If that's the case, then we can pretty much assume that the film will not skimp on great gladiator fights -- such as the one below:
It's also worth noting that it seems highly probably that we will gain far more information about where Hulk has been since he decided to leave Earth at the end of last Avengers movie. The Marvel Cinematic Universe progresses in real time, which means that the strongest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes has been missing for at least two and a half years. With that in mind, we can likely bank on Ragnarok filling in the character's backstory and telling us where he has been since his dramatic departure in the Quinjet after vanquishing Ultron.
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date regarding all of the latest and greatest developments pertaining to Thor: Ragnarok as new information becomes available to us. The mighty Asgardian warrior and his big green friend will smash their way into theaters later this year on November 3, 2017.