Kevin Feige explains the Thor: Ragnarok mid-credits scene
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok.
As it turns out, that Thor: Ragnarok mid-credits scene could be pretty vital in setting up the future of the MCU. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently revealed in an interview with The Wrap that the scene features Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his fellow Asgardians coming face to face with the home of MCU big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin).
In the scene, Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and Heimdall (Idris Elba) are escaping the ruins of Asgard along with the planet's remaining citizens heading for Earth when they come upon a very large, very intimidating ship. Feige remained mostly mum on the moment, but he did offer up this nugget: "We call it the Sanctuary II."
The name Sanctuary should be familiar to MCU super fans. The celestial planet where Thanos resides has already appeared in The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, but it appears that the supervillain will be going mobile ahead of the events of Infinity War. Considering Loki appeared to have stolen the Tesseract (aka the Space Stone) before leaving Asgard, it looks like this plot twist could help fulfill Feige's previous promise that Ragnarok will "build directly" into the events of Infinity War. (via CinemaBlend)
However, from the Avengers: Infinity War trailer screened at D23 and at San Diego Comic-Con, we know that Thor won't spend the whole film trapped in Thanos' clutches. A brief moment in the trailer showed an unconscious and injured version of the hero hurtling through space and ending up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, who should fit well with his new wise-cracking persona. The fates of the rest of the Asgardians, though, still remain up in the air.
In Infinity War, Thanos will come out to terrorize all of the MCU's favorite heroes (including Thor and the Hulk) alongside his villainous lieutenants, the Black Order. While we know at least a few superheroes will survive the movie, all signs are pointing to the next pair of Avengers movies being fairly fatal for Marvel's biggest names. (Ruffalo even confirmed as much in an interview, saying that "everybody dies" at the end of Infinity War.)
"They're all big," co-director Joe Russo previously said of Infinity War and the untitled fourth Avengers film. "It's important for both movies to be distinctly different. It's important for them to have different tones, and different narratives, and different surprises for the audiences. We've worked hard with [writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley] at ensuring that the films are tonally different and structurally different."
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters now, while Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters on May 4, 2018.