Fans were sent into a huge frenzy when the title had been announced for the third movie in the Thor franchise and revealed that it will deal with a key story from the Norse mythology and Marvel comic books.
But Thor: Ragnarok takes deviations from source materials, though it has to do with the prophesized death of gods and the destruction of Asgard.
After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor is plagued by visions of Asgard burning and images of the Infinity Stones. Though fans who follow the MCU know the significance, the God of Thunder is ignorant and goes on a quest to decipher the meaning.
The beginning of Thor: Ragnarok reveals that his journey has brought him into clutches of Surtur, a fire deity who has imprisoned Thor and wants to destroy Asgard.
Surtur then reveals to Thor that he plans to instigate Ragnarok, and says that Odin’s absence left Asgard unprotected. Thor believes that his father is ruling his home and is unaware of Loki’s treachery and asks Surtur how Ragnarok can be fulfilled.
Surtur then explains that he is prophesized to destroy Asgard and that he must place the blazing crown into fires of the Eternal Flame. His physical stature will then grow, and the power will be limitless, and he can destroy Asgard as the prophecy says.
Based on the movie’s title and the fact that Cate Blanchett stars as Hela, the Goddess of Death, fans assumed that this character would have at least something to do with this prophecy. But she does not at all and Ragnarok becomes a tool to be used against her.
In norse mythology, Ragnarök is described as the Twilight of the Gods, embroiling the Nine Realms. It is a rebirth for gods after they die in a battle, born again to begin the cycle.
While Thor: Ragnarok approaches this event in a different way, it honors the cycle of rebirth with Asgardiansliving on to establish a home.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters now.