We finally know how Thor winds up locked in gladiatorial combat on a planet across the universe in Thor: Ragnarok — and it’s all because his brother Loki is a really bad king.
Entertainment Weekly dished out a bit more about the plot of the third Thor movie, letting us know how Thor winds up on the wild gladiator planet Sakaar. At the end of the previous movie, Thor: The Dark World, the devious Loki (Tom Hiddleston) faked his own death and was impersonating his father, the god-king Odin (Anthony Hopkins). As we’ve seen time and time again, though, Loki is no Odin. Thanks to some “lax governing,” he ends up releasing Hela (Cate Blanchett).
“She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” Blanchett explained. It’s unclear what Hela’s powers are, but in an initial encounter with Thor, she somehow blasts him across the universe to Sakaar.
The barbarian planet is ruled by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). While there, Thor befriends Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), “a tough, hard-drinking warrior hiding out on Sakaar.” He’s forced into the ring without hair or hammer, a gladiatorial contest where the fan-favorite — and eventual opponent — is the Incredible Hulk himself.
It seems like they’ll resolve the conflict on Sakaar rather quickly, turning Ragnarok into the “road-trip” movie it’s been described as. At some point, Thor and Co. will make a pit stop on Earth to visit Doctor Strange.
We’ll see how all these dots connect when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3.