Thor Ragnarok the myth explained
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The New Thor Movie: Ragnarok explained

At the end of this month, a new Marvel movie will hit the big screen. Thor Ragnarok is a new instalment in Thor’s solo saga. The trailers have already shown us an epic battle between Thor and the Hulk. Apart from that, the Godess of Death, Hela, will also play a significant role. But what exactly is Ragnarok? Believe it or not, it is not something Marvel just made up. Let’s take a look at the mythology behind Ragnarok and what we can expect from the movie.

The End of the World

Ragnarok, like Thor himself, is a part of Norse Mythology. When discussing Ragnarok, we speak of a series of future events, including a great and epic battle, which have been foretold. It will ultimately result in the death of a number of important gods (including Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and basically the world will be submerged into water. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? After all is done, the world will resurface again. It will be fertile and brand new. The surviving Gods will come back and the world will be re-populated by two human survivors. Basically they will have to make a ton of babies to get that done. But hey, if Adam and Eve could do it, then so can those lucky bastards, right? (We do not really believe in Adam and Eve but shh).

But then who the hell is Hela?

I am glad you asked. Well, her name basically gives it all away. Hela (Or Hel) is the Goddess who rules over Hell. Her name actually means hidden, which could refer to Hell actually being underground and well, hidden. She is portrayed as being half-alive and half-death, which must not be a pretty sight to see. Rumour has it that when she was born, disease first came into the world. And guess who Hela’s father is? Yep, none other than Loki. Such a happy family!

So what has Thor got to do with this?

Well, Thor is the God of Thunder, and thus when the great battle happened, he was fighting among the Gods to save the world. Eventually, he died, along with his brother Loki (who basically started all of it). So what could this mean for Thor Ragnarok? Well, if they do follow the actual concept, then either Thor or Loki could possibly die. However, it’s not likely considering Thor still brings all the geeks to the yard. In the comics, Thor has died a couple of times, but has always come back to life. On top of that, Thor Ragnarok actually takes place in space, so it is doubtful that Ragnarok will mean the end of the world as we know it.

What we know so far is that Ragnarok takes place two years after Civil War (Team Iron Man!). Thor has been on the hunt for the infinity stones and the evil conqueror Thanos. Producer Brad Winderbaum told Screenrant:

“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: 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. 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, 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.”

But Loki can’t die!

I know! It will be interesting to see how that is going to pan out. Will they refer to Loki being Hela’s father? Also, why does Loki help Thor (as we could see in the trailer). It will be interesting to see how it all works out. In the meantime, if you do wish to read more about Norse Mythology and mainly Thor and Loki, check out Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology.

Are you excited for Thor Ragnarok? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Article written by Ingrid

Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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