What 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Iron Man 3' Stole From 'Star Trek'

One of the biggest events in Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t actually inspired Marvel Comics. Instead, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admitted that the MCU has been borrowing a Star Trek trope for several of its films. The trick? In the third movie, you have to blow-up something sacred.

On November 3, Crave published their interview with Kevin Feige, in which the Marvel guru revealed several Marvel movieswere inspired by Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. For those who don’t remember, that’s the Star Trek movie where Kirk and company destroy the starship Enterprise in a last-ditch effort to beat the Klingons. And Feige says there third films in the Iron Man, Captain America, and now Thor series all do the same thing.

“I had never thought of this before, but what do we do in Iron Man Three? Blow up Tony’s house, blow up all of his suits. What did we do in Captain America 3? Shatter the Avengers, shatter his relationships with Tony Stark and half of the characters that have become his present day foundation…In every part three, we can. And we’ve blown up Asgard in this! Oh my god, we’re one-trick ponies. Oh my god… Search what happens in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.”

Arguably it’s a trick that is working, and no one has really noticed it until now. Three times in the third parts of their superhero films, something big is destroyed. While all of this is pretty comparable with the destruction of the starship Enterprise, Feige even admitted that the trope stopped working for Star Trek. “But then it became a trope and they blew up the Enterprise practically every time,” which references the fact that the Enterprise was destroyed in Star Trek Generations (1994) and Star Trek Beyond (2016) after it was destroyed in Star Trek III.

In defense of Beyond, at least that film adheres to Feige’s criterion. It was, after all, the third installment of the reboot Trek franchise. But, the big question now is, what will be destroyed in *Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3*?

Thor: Ragnarok is out in wide release now

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