Kevin Feige is the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If there is anyone you ask about potential plot-holes, characters or future endeavors, it would be him. Crave Online got the chance to do just that and used the opportunity to discuss some major aspects about Thor: Ragnarok lack of Sif, the Warrior Three, cameos, missing characters from The Incredible Hulk and even a small tease for a potential project.
There are major spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok in this article. Only continue if you have seen the film or do not care to have the film spoiled!
Ragnarok is the first subject that is tackled, as the recent release took a very surprising turn. Some open plotlines like Thor trying to find the Infinity Stones and Loki’s taking over Asgard were rushed through at the beginning of the film. Feige reveals that it was always an idea to take this direction. The overall idea of solving various cliffhangers also helped push the idea that Hulk would make an appearance after flying off at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It seems that the new focus of the film was to truly define the character of Thor by stripping away those elements that one would link to him.
And that’s what we wanted to do, was to showcase this side of Hemsworth, team him up with Ruffalo and get gladiator Hulk, which we’ve wanted to see for a long time in movies, and do this much more… You know, even though we have the action in this movie, and the stakes in this movie are as big as they’ve been in any of our films, led up to those stakes with a sense of fun and pacing and humor that we hadn’t seen in the previous Thor movies.
Another aspect of this notion was how they treated some of Thor’s supporting cast and Asgard in the film. Once Thor and Loki finally find their missing father he passes on some melancholic sentiments before accepting his own death. Shortly afterward, the film’s antagonist first action, once she reaches Asgard, is to kill the Warriors Three alongside most of the Asgardian army. The only characters from the previous films that survive are Heimdall, Loki and the surprisingly absent Sif. Feige did point out that this direction fits the tones of the other threequels from Iron Man and Captain America.
And I had never even thought out of this until right now, but maybe that is a trope that we… I had never thought of this before, but what do we do in Iron Man Three? Blow up Tony’s house, blow up all of his suits. What did we do in Captain America 3? Shatter the Avengers, shatter his relationships with Tony Stark and half of the characters that have become his present-day foundation.
Feige was also asked why Hogun once again returns to Asgard, as in The Dark World, he was seen staying with his people. Even though the scene felt like a farewell for the characters, he insists that it was meant to showcase the character staying behind to take care of his people before returning. Sadly, when the interviewer pressed for a reason why Sif is absent, Feige dodges the question with a quote from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Exactly! Check! Sif… there’s a great quote which I love in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Maz Kanada says, when asked “How the hell did you get Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber?” “That is a good question… for another time.
One major aspect of Ragnarok is the involvement of Hulk. Marvel Studios’ CEO does point out that it is quite difficult in regards to the rights of the character. Some rights are split between both Marvel Studios and Universal, as well as some being shared. The only reason they can use the character is as long as he’s included in an ensemble. He does, however, point out that some issues need to be addressed, which could be a hint at them working on something behind-the-scenes. This lead to the question if we will ever see the set-up for the Leader come to fruition later down the line.
It is an embarrassment of riches of places we could go or characters we could reprise or bring back now that we’re… I think Ragnarok is our seventeenth MCU film. And you would be surprised how many… it’s come up. It’s come up. Just finding the right place. And as I said, if you can’t do it right, don’t do it or do it later, and the notion of “Hey, I’m here too! Next!” is not interesting to us. Abomination is in a prison somewhere too.
After a brief discussion on the Marvel and DC divide between fans, the interviewer started discussing the possibility of Cap-Wolf making an appearance. Surprisingly, Feige wondered if there was interest in Hogun’s journey from Vanaheim to Asgard. This could be a bit of a tease that we may get to see the Warriors Three return in Marvel One-Shots at some point. It would be a great way to bring back cast members we otherwise might not get to see again. The interview ended with an interesting quote by Feige, as after asking for a Halloween special he only said:
“It’s funny you say that…”
This may be a small tease for a potential horror-themed film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point. There are many characters to chose from that would work in such a setting and it is only a matter of time before they start experimenting with some more C-list characters.
What are your thoughts on the way the Warriors Three were treated? Do you want to see Hulk’s villains return in a film? Would you get front-row seats for a horror film set in the MCU?
Source: Crave Online