Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead for Thor: Ragnarok! Read ahead at your own risk!
The boom of the internet has allowed fans to pull apart movies before they even debut and develop some delightfully crackpot theories on their favorite worlds. The comic book genre has become some of the most fertile ground for that type of activity, and one of the most highly discussed and dissected comic book movies of 2017 is Thor: Ragnarok. Now that the film has finally debuted in theaters, we can confirm that while some of the rumors and theories about this film were right, some of them were very wrong.
Those are the rumors that we will focus on today -- the ones that consistently popped up on the road to this behemoth blockbuster, but ended up not panning out when the film finally debuted. We have many false rumors to get to, so let's kick things off with Thor: Ragnarok's lack of ties to the Infinity Stones and Thanos' journey to complete the Infinity Gauntlet.
The Soul Stone Would Finally Turn Up
Ever since the beginning of Phase One (even if the audience and characters didn't know it at the time), the Infinity Stones have been the most important objects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU went into the events of Thor: Ragnarok with five of these six powerful artifacts accounted for, with many assuming that Ragnarok would serve to set up the reveal of the Soul Gem and complete the mystery. Theories about the specific location of the Soul Stone varied (ranging from it being in Heimdall's possession to hidden in Odin's eye socket), but the reality of the situation was more uneventful than many of us could've assumed. The Soul Stone was nowhere to be found in Thor: Ragnarok, making Black Panther and Infinity War the two remaining options.
Thanos Would Appear
Building off of the previously-held believe that the Soul Stone would appear in Thor: Ragnarok, many fans assumed that Thor: Ragnarok would allow Josh Brolin's Thanos to finally step out of the shadows and take action, thus making this the first instance of The Mad Titan squaring off against an Avenger. However, much like the Soul Stone rumor, this one turned out to be false. That said, Thanos' presence can still definitely be felt throughout this movie, as Thor makes frequent reference to the Infinity Stones and implies that he has some understanding of the threat posed by the big, purple bad guy. We also can't forget the giant ship that Thor and Loki see during Thor: Ragnarok's mid-credits sequence, which we've now learned belongs The Mad Titan himself.