It looks like Thor: Ragnarok is going to be a major Marvel Cinematic Universe reunion. Not only will Thor and Bruce Banner finally reunite with one another (after duking it out in the gladiator pit), but The God of Thunder will also be alongside his brother Loki after long believing the god of mischief had died during the events of Thor: The Dark World. So how will the lightning-powered hero react to Loki's presence in Ragnarok? According to Chris Hemsworth during a roundtable discussion at last year's Ragnarok set visit, he's officially done trying to bring Loki back. Hemsworth said:
You know, without giving too much away, it was one thing I said because I don't wanna repeat that relationship either. And I think, you know, Tom felt the same. All of us were like what hap- what can we do again here? And yeah, I'm sorry, I'm walking a fine line kinda what I can do. But I think, there's a bit of reversal as far as kind of, You know, in the first films, you know, a lot of the time you're seeing Thor kinda going, 'come back Loki,' and da-da-da-da. And, you know, I think there's a feeling from Thor now that's just like, 'you know what kid, do what you want.' You know, you can't hurt for trying, you know? 'You're a screw-up, so whatever. Do your thing.' So there's a bit of that, which is fun, but also something we haven't sort of played with as much, you know?
Thor may arguably be one of the denser heroes out there, but he's apparently smart enough to know when to give up on a potentially lost cause. Unlike Thor and Thor: The Dark World, he's no longer interested in trying to convert his brother into an honest and law-abiding Asgardian. He has witnessed what Loki is capable of, and he's just going let him live his life -- once he finds Odin and returns his father to his rightful place on the throne, that is.
That said, they won't be able to go their separate ways immediately. From what we have managed to glean from Thor: Ragnarok's story thus far, it looks like Loki will remain an ally for (at least) the bulk of the film's second act. The trailers have shown him standing alongside Hulk, Valkyrie and Thor as they face off against Hela in Asgard, and while there's always room for a third act betrayal (classic Loki), it at least means he will remain a friend until they get off of Sakaar.
Looking beyond Thor: Ragnarok is where things get a bit shakier for us to figure out. Although it looks like Loki intends to form a tenuous alliance with his brother in the upcoming solo film, the early glimpses of Avengers: Infinity War shown earlier this year at D23 depicted Loki handing an Infinity Stone (the Tesseract) to a looming figure that we assume to be Thanos. You can never really tell what Loki is planning, so we will have to wait and see what happens.
Thor will reunite with his estranged brother when Thor: Ragnarok hits the silver screen later this year on November 3. From there, the not-so-dynamic duo will show up next when Earth's Mightiest Heroes face off against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018. Here's everything that we know about Thor: Ragnarok, and here's everything that we have on Infinity War.
With anticipation for Thor: Ragnarok officially ramping up, Marvel Studios has released some fantastic new character posters the accompany the film. Take a good look at them below.