The end of Asgard has come and gone, but Avengers: Infinity War is on the horizon. The post-credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok teased the ominous arrival of the Mad Titan, Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), who will collect the fabled Infinity Stones and wield all the power in the Marvel Universe. But the film’s script reveals a little bit more: The name of Thanos’s ship.
On Wednesday, as part of its seasonal awards campaign, Disney released an edited version of the Thor: Ragnarok screenplay, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost (and reportedly punched up with humor by director Taika Waititi). The whole screenplay is worth a read, especially to see which gags were actually written and which were improvised on set, but the most interesting is the post-credits scene, where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are blindsided by a comically large and imposing war ship designed to look like Thanos.
The script for Thor: Ragnarok confirms it is Thanos’s ship, and it’s got a name: Sanctuary-2. While hardcore comic readers could have told you that as the Sanctuary has appeared in comics, in various iterations, since 1975 in Warlock issue #10, the script for Ragnarok outright confirms the name of the ship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is known to deviate from the comics from time to time.
It is interesting, however, that the script for Ragnarok named it the Sanctuary-2. In the comics, the Sanctuary II housed a gem that wielded the power of all six Infinity Gems, which allowed Thanos to annihilate whole stars. Seems this factoid from the comics has made its way to the big screen, and will play some kind of role in Avengers: Infinity War.
Although Thor: Ragnarok isn’t the last Marvel movie before Avengers: Infinity War — that honor goes to Black Panther, out in February — it is set in the “cosmic” realm of the MCU, an area of Marvel that Thanos regularly occupies. So it makes sense for Thanos to show up in Ragnarok and not Black Panther, which despite its fictional setting of Wakanda, still takes place on planet Earth.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018. Thor: Ragnarok will be released on digital February 20 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 6.