Thor: Ragnarok Timeline Explains Captain America: Civil War Absence

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Hulk, Thor, Valkyrie and Loki team-up in Thor: Ragnarok Marvel Studios

Thor was absent in Captain America: Civil War, the battle between Cap and Iron Man prompted by the Sokovia Accords, which requires enhanced people to register with the government. There was a lot going on in Civil War, including a Spider-Man cameo, so why was the Son of Asgard absent? Thanks to Marvel producer Brad Winderbaum, we finally know exactly what he’s been up to and the timeline of Thor: Ragnarok, due in theaters Nov. 4.

“The journey he’s been on at the beginning of this movie, it’s not like five minutes after Ultron ends we start this movie,” he confirmed during a recent press set visit.Thor has been on a mission for a few years and the film takes place during Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. “It’s a couple years later. And as we know, at the end of Ultron, he’s started this quest to find the puppet master, and the Infinity Stones, and all that.”

In Age of Ultron, Thor dreamed of destructive Infinity Stones and the extinction of Asgard. Obviously, he wants to do everything he can to prevent that and get to the bottom of it. His journey for the last few years will not only help him save his people, but will give him information to bring back to the Avengers as well as the Guardians in Infinity War.

“What he realized really fast– I don’t think I’m giving too much away because it’s right at the top of the film,” Winderbaum continued, “but basically that one quest, that universe-ending peril that he was trying to figure out, dovetailed or branched off into any number of universe-ending perils that he’s been adventuring on for the two years leading up to the beginning of this film.”

It’s during his quest to find Thanos he is captured in Muspelheim, a realm controlled by the demon Surtur with dragons and other vicious creatures. It’s still unclear how Thor comes face to face with Hulk, whose quinjet went through a wormhole at the end of Ultron and ended up in Sakaar, the gladiator planet controlled by the Grandmaster, but Winderbaum did reveal where Thor will be when Avengers: Infinity War starts.

“We find him as a lone gunslinger, you know, a guy who’s been adventuring around the cosmos for two years right at the top of our movie,” Winderbaum said. “He’s a more savvy version of the character. In Dark World, he has trouble navigating that Dark Elf spaceship … but that’s the Thor of the past.”

We already know the end of Ragnarok leads directly into his first meeting with the Guardians in Infinity War. What’s still relatively unclear is the timing of Thor’s meeting with Doctor Strange, who agrees to help him find Odin to ensure Loki returns to Asgard in the Doctor Strange post-credits scene.

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