When Thor was first released, it marked what was to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first foray into the world’s beyond earth’s atmosphere. Since then, films including Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange have only expanded that world even further, introducing entirely new planets and realities to the MCU. In an interview with ScreenRant, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed how Thor: Ragnarok, the third solo outing for the God of Thunder, will carry on the effort to expand the reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Feige told ScreenRant that Thor: Ragnarok will spend little time on earth and will move beyond the nine realms discussed in the first Thor film.
“I don’t know about branching off from this, but certainly inhabiting similar areas from this. A lot of our upcoming movies will. I mean the upcoming movies will be as much up here, as they are on Earth, starting with not Spider-Man, starting with Thor: Ragnarok. There are three scenes on Earth in Thor: Ragnarok. Everything else is Asgard, and not all of these worlds, but world that certainly, let’s put it this way, in Thor lingo, it’s beyond the nine realms. There are other planets that we spend a lot of time on in Thor: Ragnarok, that certainly people would say, ‘oh, that’s sort of like the Guardians world’, but they’re just other areas of the Marvel cosmos universe.”
This will mark a relatively new direction for the Thor films, which have primary kept the titular hero earth-bound in both of his solo outings and his Avengers appearances. The key difference between Thor: Ragnarok and the setting of the Guardians of the Galaxy films being that the nine realms exist in alternate dimensions beyond the primary universe, perhaps reachable with help from Doctor Strange, who will be making an appearance in the upcoming film.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on November, 3 2017.