thor 3 ragnarok

As you most ardent of fanboys know, yesterday Marvel announced that Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost will tackled the screenplay for Thor 3 (rumored to be Thor 3 Ragnarok). We were always pretty certain that an Odinson Trilogy was one of Marvel’s many goals, but now this bit of news confirms that we’re moving on to a third flick.

Well, according to the recent geek gossip, Thor Tres might adapt the classic Norse Ragnarok myth to the big screen, which is a stupid, stupid, STUPID idea.

For those of you not familiar with Ragnarok, it literally translates to “Twilight of the Gods”. In the very fatalistic Norse mythology every god, creature, and man understands that the universe will end and be reborn in a final war. During that time, the Fenrir, the massive wolf, will break free from his bounds and join both Frost giants and Surtur as they attack Asgard. And everyone dies. For the most part, that is. A human or two (or godling or two, depending on which Edda you read) survives and rebuilds the world.

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Thor fights the world serpent Jormungand

That sounds pretty badass. The war to end all wars. The last fight for the world. And that’s all cool if we’re talking about a very finite set of stories, which is an accurate description of Norse Mythology. Nobody ran around scripting sequels to Ragnarok.

But they totally did in the comics. Ragnarok has been featured, by my count, 3 separate times in the past 20 years, and that’s in name only. Marvel’s created a dozen other “War to end all Wars” stories with the same sense of finality as Ragnarok during that same time period. And guess what? If you create sequels to a story that’s supposed to be the very end, you undermine the entire project. Then, if you create a handful of equally massive events, you cheapen it even more.

So why do that so early in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Again, they’ve already created analogues of the Ragnarok tale with “Universe Ending” threats in other films, like Thor: The Dark World and The Avengers, but nothing that’s explicitly the “Twilight” of existence.

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If Marvel Studios is so eager to create Ragnarok in Thor 3, they’d have to end the franchise then and there. That is, without question, the END of Thor. Sure, in the comics, they resurrected him a few times, but it absolutely cheapened the depth of that hammer slinging deity. I don’t think film goers would be as forgiving as we few faithful fanboys who are comfortable (but still salty) with resurrections.

Unless, of course, Marvel is hoping to recast Chris Hemsworth. Then a Ragnarok flick would be the perfectly into their little scheme, but through that logic, they’d have to adapt Ragnarok every time one of their actors is finished with a role. Simply said, there are easier ways to recast a role. Just look at James Bond.

Save Ragnarok for… never. It’s really tired story that only has one redeemable feature: finality. But this is the comic book movie industry, after all, and finality is not their strong suit.

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  • Thomas Zachary Seward

    You must have forgotten how Thor stopped Ragnarok before. Or maybe you never read it.

    • Unleash The Fanboy

      Which ones are you referring to. There have been 3 main ones since i’ve been reading, and a few more since before

      • Thomas Zachary Seward

        Odin resurrected Red Norvell, then tried to start Ragnarok. Every Asgardian god turned mortal and only THEY were reset. It wasn’t truly Ragnarok.

        • Unleash The Fanboy

          I remember that one. The most recent Ragnarok with the rebirth of Thor, the one before that with the “future” version of King Thor, and the short series following Disassembled are the ones I was referencing.

          • Thomas Zachary Seward

            Well my apologies. I jumped at the title. Thank you for being more specific and not reacting harshly to my rude comment.

  • http://grind2shine.podomatic.com/ Hulon Pate Jr

    One of the things I find strange about Thor in Marvel’s CU is that he still seems rather weak. He might be a “God” but what If I have a machine gun? Will he bleed and die? Is he a true immortal being and can only be killed by decapitation or major impact or blunt trauma? Can he fly into space? I like Thor and all the movies. I just feel like he needs to be a “god” and step up his powers.

  • Xmasevebaby

    If Marvel Studios wants to avoid a shark jump in the dreaded third film, they better give serious thought to replacing The God of Thunder with BETA RAY BILL.

    They’d only have to require Chris Hemsworth in a few scenes in the beginning and the end to justify calling it “Thor III,” while giving the franchise a much needed jumpstart.

    Walt Simonson’s original design is every bit as kickass as Boba Fett or Darth Maul, so they should change a damn thing about it.

  • Veen

    If they are going to do a Doctor Strange film,and take the MCU into the mystic arts zone,my guess they may introduce Enchantress and maybe The Executioner. It would be nice to see a strong female character in the MCU besides Black Widow (the only strong female character). I don’t know the all comic stories because i am from a country were we don’t have comics. Also Amora can’t be the main villain so idk who can be the main bad guy,because Loki won’t be the main baddy. There must be someone who fights Thor with magic,and if you guys know,maybe you can tell me. This is what i would like to see. 😀

  • WordsEar

    I like the concept of using Ragnarok. It would need to be a 4 hour movie and have every character from every comic and action movie ever made…but who wouldn’t like to see Bruce Willis as John McClane fighting alongside the Hulk? Flash Gordon leading Hawkmen against Fire Giants? Vultan: “Let this forever be known as Flash Gordon’s D–*giant fiery fist*……ehhhh…nevermind!” Or Darth Vader teaming up with Jason Bourne? Call me crazy…but I like it.

  • Nick

    Um it could just be a reference to the Thor villain names Ragnarok, that is a robot clone of Thor….dur