Marvel’s recent title Thor: Ragnarok succeeded at many levels in delivering a movie that meets the masses expectations. Moreover, the threequel also introduced several new changes that will go on to set some events in upcoming films under MCU.
For starters, it has been confirmed that The Hulk’s three-part story arc begins in Thor: Ragnarok. The green goliath is given an identity with dialogues that portrays his character’s personality. It would be exciting to see how Marvel plans to develop the superhero’s story in Avengers: Infinity War & untitled Avengers 4. But that may not be the only new arc hinted in the threequel.
Thor 3 had many moments for fans to take away. But one that sticks out like a sore thumb is The God of Thunder’s interaction with his half-brother Loki. In a few scenes, it’s not hard to realize that Thor has had quite a few adventures with his sibling.
In one sequence where fans are treated with the ‘Get Help’ deception, the scene gives a glimpse into moments from their past when Thor and Loki fought side by side. Perhaps, there could be an interesting tale of the two brothers, before Thor had Mjolnir and Loki was branded as a villain. In fact, there was a story and it was explored quite well in an animated movie.
In 2011, Marvel Entertainment released Thor: Tales of Asgard. The animated film shows Thor as a young prince in a time before he was worthy to wield Mjolnir. He was just another warrior eagerly to trying to prove his worth and embarks on a mission with his half-brother Loki and the Warriors Three to find the Sword of Surtur. But as always, it doesn’t go as planned.
The film shows the two brothers going on a quest that treats the audience with an adventure that takes place in different worlds such as Yodenheim. It also explores Thor’s love life with Lady Sif. In short, it is the perfect prequel story to retell tales of Asgard and the mischievous journey of the two brothers.
In fact, perhaps, Marvel Studios could also consider a similar prequel story in the MCU, if the conversation hasn’t already taken place among the execs. A Thor prequel or a Loki spin-off could be a step in the right direction post phase 3, after the end of the 22-movie arc.
All we know is that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has promised a ‘New Thing’ after phase 4. Although it’s unclear what it’s going to be and if it would involve fan-favorite characters that are currently portraying the superhero roles. But exploring characters through the prequel could be a ‘win-win’ for Marvel and Disney.
While both Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth have shared their interest in donning the roles for a longer period, a prequel in the likes of the animated movie Thor: Tales of Asgard would mean Marvel studios should look at casting young actors. but in any case, Hiddleston is interested in the idea of a Loki spin-off.
Marvel could explore the fantastical world of Asgard and the backstory of other interesting characters through young casts (Disney actors?) in a prequel movie. Furthermore, the film would be the first MCU title in appealing mainly to the younger audience and producing a fun, adventurous movie with a light-hearted story rather than pushing in major humor content in a story like ‘Ragnarok’.
In the world of comics, Loki is a fan-favorite character and it is not because of his villainous intentions. But Marvel’s The Avengers took that away when the character was shown plucking out an eye- that’s a pure antagonist move. But looking at the character’s transformation since then in the MCU, it seems like there’s more to explore in Loki and Thor. Fortunately, Marvel Studios faces no hurdles if it decides to produce a prequel with Thor and Loki played by the current actors or with a new younger cast.
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