'Thor: Ragnarok' Plot Synopsis: How Much Has Yet To Be Spoiled?

'Thor: Ragnarok' is locked in for a Nov. 3, 2017 release date. Marvel Studios

Thor: Ragnarok ’s plot is described in detail in a new Entertainment Weekly cover story, but their rundown synopsis seems to leave a good deal of the movie still in the dark. That’s nice.

But damn, it sure feels like they blow the whole plot wide open, describing enough of the film’s early events to make up a normal movie plot. At the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to find that his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been impersonating Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Since Loki is not Odin, he boofs this whole “running a government” thing and accidentally sets loose an ancient evil, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Thor tries to stop Hela but gets blasted to Sakaar, where the plot happens. Or does it?

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A lot definitely goes down on Sakaar. Thor meets Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who brings Thor to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who forces the Asgardian to become a space gladiator and eventually go up against Sakaar’s greatest warrior, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). That could be a whole movie right there. But that might just be the beginning.

Everything about Sakaar we’ve now heard in detail, but it’s the back half of the movie that is still totally mysterious. Here’s EW’s description:

Once Thor and Hulk unite, Ragnarok becomes a sort of road-trip film, with director Taika Waititi drawing inspiration from movies like 48 HRS., Withnail and I, and even Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

That’s an eclectic collection of movies, with only a mismatched buddy comedy dynamic uniting them. After Sakaar, the plot mostly seems to be about Thor and Hulk tracking down the missing Odin (with an assist from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange). Thor: Ragnarok ’s plot may also be our biggest tie-in to Thanos yet, teeing up the coming Infinity War.

So while it seems a lot of the plot of Thor: Ragnarok is finally coming out (hopefully we’ll get a trailer soon, too), there’s probably a bit of misdirection at play. There’s still huge swaths of the movie we know nothing about, waiting to be discovered when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters Nov. 3.

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