Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is well under way, with a whopping three movies hitting in 2017 alone. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming have already released this summer, and now we just have to wait a little longer for Thor: Ragnarok. The superhero blockbuster has an excellent cast with a ton of characters, both new and old, set to make one of the most exciting entries in Marvel's roster. Right now, Black Panther is the only solo movie that can match Ragnarok in sheer casting power.
The third Thor movie dives deep into the Thor mythology, giving plenty of classic comic book characters their live-action debut while also letting some more established MCU characters in on the fun. Because there are so many characters to keep track of, we thought we'd assemble a handy list for every confirmed character appearing in Thor: Ragnarok later this year. From gods to aliens to Jeff Goldblum, here's everyone who has a role to play in the third Thor movie.
You probably knew this one already. Chris Hemsworth returns for the fifth time as Thor, the hammer-wielding Avenger. Hemsworth will be taking Thor in a new direction for his latest movie, as the God of Thunder finds himself stripped to his bare elements and stranded on the planet Sakaar without Mjolnir by his side. Thor: Ragnarok is going for a more comedic approach with the character and letting Hemsworth have more fun in the process. After those Team Thor videos, we're definitely on board for a looser Thor.
The Hulk might have missed out on that other team-up movie in the MCU, but he's making up for it here with a supporting role in Thor: Ragnarok. Drawing heavy inspiration from the Planet Hulk storyline, the Hulk is the prize gladiator on Sakaar, where he has to do battle with Thor, his "friend from work." Ragnarok has been described as an intergalactic buddy road movie starring Thor and Hulk, so there are lots of things to look forward to from Hulk and his alter ego Bruce Banner's latest appearance.
Cate Blanchett steps in to seriously class up this movie as the main villain, hopefully contributing to the (short) list of excellent MCU villains. Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death, has already made a strong first impression thanks to her shattering of Mjolnir, establishing her as a crazy powerful adversary worthy of the two most powerful Avengers. In addition to hammer crushing and a wicked taste in hats, Hela can summon weapons from her body and is fully capable of wiping Asgard off the map.