The Marvel train continues to roll with no obvious signs of stopping. The Mighty Thor plans his next appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, unexpectedly directed by Taika Waititi of What We Do In The Shadows fame.
Popular for his comedic style, Waititi's involvement has been highly anticipated as fans are curious as to what he can bring to Asgard in terms of action and fantasy. However, his name isn't the only surprise to be attached to the project.
Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett joins as Hela, the goddess of death, along with Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge. Despite the characters' uniquenesses to Asgard, Thor: Ragnarok will continue to meld MCU films by adding Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner to its roster.
Hela will be the MCU's first female villain, ready to combat the same criticisms of the recently revealed Aldrich Killian debacle of Iron Man 3 (in which Killian was originally scripted to be female, but was changed in fear of not being able to sell Killian action figures-- as if people wanted to buy Killian action figures anyways).
Of course, Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role as Thor as well as Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
It is unknown if the titular Ragnarok will make an appearance or if the title is just a reference to the Norse myth, but more will be revealed as production goes underway.
Thor: Ragnarok is set for a November 3, 2017 release, following Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.