After delivering the summer hits Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming (the latter a collaboration with Sony), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has closed out its 2017 with Thor: Ragnarok. Directed by Taika Waititi, the God of Thunder's threequel has been a massive critical and commercial success, currently ranking at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and crossing the $500 million mark worldwide. It remains to be seen if Thor 4 will become a reality, but if it doesn't, Ragnarok closed the trilogy with a bang.
Thor already has at least two more MCU appearances lined up, the first being Avengers: Infinity War next May. However, if you've seen Thor: Ragnarok and want more time in the Asgardian hero's corner of the Marvel universe beyond what's been shown in a theatrical setting, we've gathered together some of the best Marvel to check out after seeing the movie, whether they're Thor-centric or focus on other prominent characters from the latest MCU installment. Starting off, let's take a look at Thor's more recent comic book history.
Warning: SPOILERS for Thor: Ragnarok are ahead!
Thor: God Of Thunder
Since 2012, writer Jason Aaron has been the primary creative mind behind Thor's corner of the Marvel Comics universe, and by that, we mean both Thor Odinson and the female Thor that's currently serving as the God of Thunder. But if you're interested in following the former character's exploits after seeing Thor: Ragnarok, we suggest picking up the first volume of Aaron's run, titled The God Butcher. As you could judge from that title, the story revolves around deities across time being slaughtered, and it's up to Thor across three different time periods to stop this murderer. However, if Thor losing his hammer was a plot twist in Ragnarok you enjoyed, you're welcome to skip to the first volume of Aaron's run with Lady Thor, titled Goddess of Thunder. Although this new Thor is the principal protagonist, the Odinson is also a principal player, as he's learning how to move on with his life after being deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, and along the way he suffers his own grave injury, just like Hemsworth's Thor did.
Even though Thor: Ragnarok is focused on the God of Thunder, without a doubt the comic book story that influenced this movie most was Planet Hulk. In the original story, Hulk is launched off-planet by The Illuminati (a secret society comprised of Marvel's smartest superheroes) after it was decided that it was too dangerous to keep him on Earth. Although they intended to send him to a peaceful planet, the shuttle went through a wormhole and instead crash-landed on Sakaar. If you enjoyed watching Hulk beat up aliens in gladiatorial combat (albeit overseen by The Red King rather than Grandmaster) and enjoyed Korg and Miek, then Planet Hulk should be added to your read pile. And if you enjoy reading this tale, it's also worth picking up the sequel, World War Hulk, where Hulk returns to Earth with his allies, the Warbound, to carry out his revenge.