Somewhat surprisingly, considering how close we are to Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok is a mostly standalone entry into the MCU. With Taika Waititi’s uniquely comic tone, many of the elements from previous Thor movies are chucked out and there’s not a hunt for an Infinity Stone like in several other Marvel films.
However, Ragnarok is just as much a part of the ongoing narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as any other movie is and there are still hints and teases at future developments weaved into it. Some of these are clear little nods to be picked up when the aforementioned event pic arrives next May, while others possibly sow the seeds for a potential fourth Thor film.
From new characters who may be more important down the line to moving familiar faces to different places on the board, here are 8 major ways in which Thor: Ragnarok sets up future movies in the MCU. As always, if there’s something we missed, be sure to let us know by dropping it in the comments section below.
Also, it should go without saying, but spoilers will follow…