Thor: Ragnarok was a third movie in the trilogy and buoy it knocked it out of the park. It was definitely one of the best threequels ever made in the history of comic book movies. The box office collections of the movie exceeded $800 million worldwide and was yet another super duper hit. The fans and the critics both heaped massive amount of praise on the movie and called it a masterstroke by director Taika Waititi.
He brought comedy out of Chris Hemsworth and it was so effortless and neat that we could not stop laughing in a superhero movie. From cinematography to visual effects, from direction style to storytelling, everything was just bang on and totally surpassed the expectations.
The plot was based on Jack Kirby’s popular Ragnarok comic where Asgard is burned to the ground and God of Thunder must fight the Goddess of Death aka Hela to resurrect his home planet from the ashes. But he came to the conclusion soon that he is no match against his evil sister, so he brought others like God of Mischief Loki, Hulk and Valkyrie to join him in his efforts to take her down. After Hela destroyed Mjolnir into pieces, Thor realized that his source of power does not come from his hammer, instead that was just the conduit and the real power is actually inside him. But this was in sheer contrast with the Marvel comics where Thor’s power flows through Mjolnir, that’s why only a worthy can lift a hammer.
Well, even they collectively were not enough so he accepted the fate of Asgard and saved as many people he can and escapd after letting lose Surtur (Asgardian Doom) upon Hela.
Well, no one knows what is left of Asgard after prophecy of Ragnarok came true but one long dead character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is making a comeback. He is not back from the dead if that’s what you thought we meant. He is making a cameo appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. He is dead alright. It’s just Marvel’s way of paying homage. The character we are talking about is Yondu the Ravager from the Guardians of the Galaxy series of movies. Yondu is making a roundabout trip to Asgard. Wanna see??? Watch Yondu the Ravager come to life in this deleted scene from Thor: Ragnarok.
Yondu did not make any kind of appearances in Thor: Ragnarok while it was in the theaters (trust me I would know I went thrice!!) Michael Rooker plays the blue-skinned Guardian who could have eaten Star-Lord but didn’t in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. He does make a guest appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. The scene was featured in the Digital release of the movie. Michael Rooker’s character did make a quick stop at the movie sets of Taika Watiti while Thor: Ragnarok was being filmed. Coincidentally, Thor: Ragnarok and GOTG vol. 2 were being filmed at the same time, so Rooker had no trouble getting into his character again for a cameo appearance in Ragnarok.
Watch the video here:
The clip shows a scene from Thor: Ragnarok featuring Skurge (played by Karl Urban) and Hela (played by Cate Blanchett). The scene shows Skurge being ordered by Hela to execute a random Asgardian citizen while coaxing the other Asgardians to reveal the location of Hofund, Heimdall’s sword and the key to opening the Bi-Frost. Just when Skurge is about to execute the guy (reluctantly), he is interrupted by a soothing, cool and punk voice:
“Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey, hey, hey! Stop it! Hold on right there!”
The speaker is actually the blue-skinned, whistling ravager Yondu. He then pauses to look at Skurge and says “Easy does it, Hoss!!” Looking confused, he looks around and asks Skurge in an equally confused tone:
“You know where Kevin and Lou’s offices are, ya’ll?”
A random man then comes up to him and gives him the directions to his destination. He then decides to go on his merry way
“Oh, thanks man. Thank….go ahead. Proceed.”
He then walks away, leaving Skurge and Hela to carry out their summary execution. The “Kevin” and “Lou” are clearly references to Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and Co-President Louis D’Esposito.
But how did Yondu get to Thor: Ragnarok in the first place. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 Director James Gunn has a pretty on point and peculiar answer to this glaring question:
“For those of you asking me how a Yondu deleted scene is on the Thor: Ragnarok extras – I believe Rooker was at the lot shooting his bit for the Guardians Mission Breakout ride/Halloween version, and he stopped by the Thor set to goof around. Rooker, correct me if I’m wrong.”
In the post credit scene of the movie, we saw Thor and Loki debating over whether they should go to Earth and suddenly a massive ship stopped them. It is touted to be Sanctuary II which has none other than Thanos himself who is there for the delivery of an Infinity stone. Wait…what?? Well, it is speculated that when Loki went inside the chambers of Asgard to bring alive Surtur, he found Tesseract there and he stole it only to gift it to the Mad Titan. He will use it to create an inter-dimensional portal and land on Earth for the rest of Infinity gems. Thor will be critically injured and left floating in space where Guardians will find him.
The Thor: Ragnarok DVD release leads us to quite the entertainment zone. The Bluray release does add several added scenes including directorial commentary and crew and cast interactions. The official synopsis for Thor: Ragnarok reads:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally, and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization”.
Thor and the Guardians will join hands together in the upcoming Avengers; Infinity War on May 4th this year. Maybe Yondu will make an even better cameo then. Until (or if) that happens, we have to make peace with the fact that this deleted scene might just be official, the last appearance of Yondu the Ravager in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The official synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War reads:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”
Can’t really wait to see this epic comic book extravaganza on the big screen. Can Earth’s mightiest Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy stop Thanos and his Black Order’s march to destroy everything in their path? Who will be able to survive the Infinity War? Who will die fighting? Well, we will find out soon enough. CHEERS!