Thor: Ragnarok came. Thor: Ragnarok saw. Thor: Ragnarok conquered. Taika Watiti’s hilariously comic adaptation of a fan favorite comic book arc did not score many points in the form of loyalty to the source material, but man was it funny as hell. Fans loved it. They adored it. Thor: Ragnarok smashed the box office and created unprecedented records as a blockbuster. No Marvel Cinematic universe movie has come close to the level of success and applause Thor: Ragnarok has garnered in the following days since it’s release.
The movie showed the rather majestically stoic and aloof God of Thunder in a different light than he was used to. It showed that the God of Thunder was more human than we could imagine. He had a sense of humor, he had horrible pick up lines, had a sense of rivalry with the Hulk and most importantly he had an inferiority complex. Nothing can get more human than that. Thor’s portrayal in the movie was loved throughout and fans roared in happiness when Thor finally became the leader of his people and decided to find a new Asgard for the Asgardians.
So when the mid-credits scene showed the Asgardians encountering Thanos’s ship and their impending doom, all things went to shit.
The Infinity War trailer has given definitive proof of the one thing Thor always feared and it is not Loki. The Trailer showed Loki offering the Tesseract aka the Space Gem to an unknown figure aboard the Asgardian refugee ship. But it is not his betrayal we are talking about. Loki might be the God of Mischief but even he cannot spell a doom so horrible on his own brother.
The coming chapters of Thor in the MCU will be the most intriguing to see not because he will be the king of Asgard, but because he will be the King of none. If what we believe is actually true, Thanos will purge the Asgardians a aboard the ship leaving Thor as the sole surviving Asgardian in all of the cosmos.
For those who have seen Thor: Ragnarok, you will know the fate of the Asgardians after the events of the movie. Hela ends up on the throne of Asgard after Odin dies on Earth. Thor loses his hammer and sent, along with Loki, to the planet Sakaar where they meet the Hulk and Valkyrie. Together they come back to Asgard to save it.
At the end, Thor realizes what his father meant when he said: “Asgard is not a place, but a people.” It is the people of Asgard he needs to protect so he ends up tasking Loki to call Surtur and destroy Asgard and Hela along with it.
All seems well until the refugee ship that the Asgardians used to escape encounter Thanos’s massive ship in outer space as the mid-credits scene cut to black.
The Infinity War trailer shows Thor floating in Space until rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy and Loki walking over corpses of his own people and surrendering the Tesseract to a shadowy figure.
What happens next?
The trailer shows a pile of dead Asgardian bodies as Loki I holding the tesseract in hand, offering it to some one. That ‘someone’ is too short and not so bulky to be Thanos so our next best guess is Ebony Maw – Thanos’s child and leader of the Black Order, powerful servants of Thanos.
In the comics, Ebony Maw’s talent is not in combat but in psychological manipulation. He can create or take advantage of favorable scenarios to make people fight amongst themselves. He can destroy, annihilate, torment and torture with his devious ways without even lifting a finger. Is that what happened to the Asgardian refugees aboard that ship?
Considering there is no other way, Loki decides it is better to offer the one thing their enemy desires before anymore life is lost. But life is a feeble thing. With Thanos eyeing them, the fate of the entire crew of the refugee ship is now uncertain. Only one of them escapes the aftermath.
Thor is then picked up by the Guardians and taken up aboard the Milano. But throughout the trailer, Thor is shown in scenes that do not resemble the Milano in anyway whatsoever. Is he planning an attack on Thanos? Why would he do that? Revenge for killing his people? Infiltrate Thanos’s ship to rescue the Asgardian survivors? Where is Loki? Is he dead?
Thor may be the only one who knows about Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones. He knows he is coming to Earth next. He has already lost too much. He won’t allow Thanos to take more from him. The heroes of Earth need to be warned before it is too late. The Guardians, in that case, need to get him to Earth ASAP. Full speed ahead Star-Lord.