We’ve had plot synopses for most of the comic book films hitting theatres this year for some time now. In fact, of all the comic book movies hitting screens this year, pretty much the only one we didn’t have a synopsis for was Thor: Ragnarok — until yesterday.

Yes, at long last, we have a synopsis for the third film in the Thor franchise, which hits theatres November of this year and will star Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder. Much of what we read in it we had already existed in the nerdosphere for some time now — Thor in gladiatorial games, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor having to fight in said games, Hela’s (Cate Blanchett) involvement in the whole affair.

However, there are some new bits that were speculated or unknown until this synopsis was released.

Here are the biggest three things we can learn and hypothesize from this synopsis.

1. Thor is without Mjolnir

Thor fighting without Mjolnir was rumored last year, but we’ve had no confirmation of that until now.

Perhaps the bigger thought here is what exactly happens to his trusty hammer that he can’t call it forth as he usually does. It’s entirely possible that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) or Hela both somehow enchant it away from him or find a way to, in essence, lock it away from him. Perhaps they find a Mjolnir-proof room or some way to banish it to another dimension.

Or, perhaps even worse than that, is that either one of the bad guys finds a way to destroy it. The benefit to this is that Thor, the god of Thunder, is now forced to define himself and his heroics without the weapon that’s always defined him. In fact, it’s been such a vital part of his character that it’s hard to define who he is or how he’ll fight without it.Even in the first film when he was made unworthy of the mighty hammer, the film revolved around him trying to get it back. This is most likely the exact struggle the filmmakers all have in mind for Thor.


2. Ragnarok is indeed Ragnarok

There has been speculation that the word “Ragnarok” may simply apply to s very dangerous time for Thor; some live-ending struggle he finds himself within. Other thoughts have turned towards the complete and utter destruction of the earth. Some have even postulated that “Ragnarok” referred to Clone Thor from the original comic story, Civil War, who was named Ragnarok. However, here we can see that it absolutely deals with the actual “Ragnarok” we know from Walt Simonson’s run on Thor, where Malekith and Surtur teamed up to destroy Asgard. In that storyline, destroying Asgard would also lead to the destruction of our world — Midgard — but it’s unclear here if that would happen. The fact of the matter is that the threat is, unequivocally, the total obliteration of Asgard.

It’s interesting to note here that Loki is not mentioned in any of the synopsis, so it’s left open if he’s fighting alongside Hela or his brother, Thor. It seems likely, as king of the double cross, that whomever he is working for is actually not who he’s working for. In the comics, though he always wanted to overthrow Odin, his heart and loyalty was
always to Asgard.

3. Planet Hulk is a go

We’ve seen the hulk’s gladiatorial armor displayed at San Diego Comic Con. We’ve heard the quotes from Kevin Feige and we’ve seen the footage at SDCC that showed a pre-viz of Hulk and Thor rushing into a gladiator fight. But here, now, beyond any shadow of a doubt, we know that we’ll see Thor fighting for his life in the ring against Hulk. As it’s written here, it seems to imply that Thor is not initially aware that Hulk is there. In fact, it’s likely that they will follow the comic book story somewhat and we’ll see Thor quickly climb through the ranks of gladiators, hearing of a champion, only to discover it’s his old friend.

The big question here is how exactly do either one of them end up on the other side of the universe to fight in these games?

We’ve only got eleven months to find out!

You can read the full synopsis below.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

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