Thor Ragnarok - Mark Ruffalo as Hulk

This morning, the Thor: Ragnarok trailer caught everyone off guard. Not only does it look like it will easily be the best film in the Thor franchise, but it looks like it could be on the higher end in ranking all the Marvel Studios movies. Of course, this is just a teaser trailer, and we need to keep our hype in check.

Even so, there are a lot of details to notice in this teaser and some new elements to the story that hadn’t officially been revealed until now. Let’s dig deep with our Thor Ragnarok trailer breakdown, where we go through the whole thing frame-by-frame.

Thor Ragnarok - Chris Hemsworth as Thor

From the beginning, it’s clear things aren’t going well for Thor (Chris Hemsworth). His voiceover alone tells us, “I know what you’re thinking. How did this happen?” Since he’s telling the story, one would assume that he’s okay at some point, especially since he has to appear in Avengers: Infinity War. But right now, he’s chained up in a fiery place that is likely Muspelheim, one of the nine realms where the demon Surtur resides. Since concept art showed Thor fighting the large, flaming demon in a sizzle reel at Comic-Con, the god of thunder will likely tangle with him at some point. Still, we don’t know why he’s there, and we don’t have long to think about it, because then something far worse happens.

Thor Ragnarok - Cate Blanchett as Hela

“Well, it’s a long story,” Thor says as we are shocked to see that this confrontation with Cate Blanchett as the villain Hela ends with her stopping Mjolnir in mid-air. But that’s not the end of Marvel’s surprise for Thor fans.

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Cracks begin to appear in Thor’s trusty hammer of which only he’s been worthy to wield, and it explodes into pieces.

Thor Ragnarok

The force of the explosion is enough to send a wave of lightning through the alley in which he’s met Hela. Speaking of which, that alley looks like it’s on Earth. Maybe it’s after this that Thor needs to seek the help of Doctor Strange (as seen in that film’s post-credits sequence), since he’ll be in a pretty dire situation.

Thor Ragnarok

Just in case you thought there was a chance Mjolnir was okay, we get one quick shot of the hammer absolutely decimated before the Marvel Studios logo flashes, charged by Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” After this, the trailer is running at full steam and it never slows down.

Thor Ragnarok - Cate Blanchett as Hela

Here’s another shot of Hela, wearing a creepy mannequin style mask and helmet with antlers all over it. She’s standing in the mountains, and this doesn’t appear to be Asgard, which is where we’ll see her in the next shot. This makes me think that this is part of a sequence that we see a few brief shots of later, one that looks like a flashback that might set the stage for Hela’s origin. But we’ll talk more about that later.

Thor Ragnarok

Hela stands, unmasked, in front of an army of Asgardians ready to defend their city. But the villain proclaims, “Asgard is dead.”

Thor Ragnarok

Hela unsheathes a deadly blade to take on her enemies. We don’t know if it gives Hela any more strength or abilities, but if she’s strong enough to stop Mjolnir, you can bet she’ll be a force to be reckoned with when she has a weapon in her hand.

Thor Ragnarok

It appears Hela wasn’t just making an idle threat to Asgard as we see the city swept up in flames, reduced to a burnt shadow of what it used to be. It’s not clear if this is a vision or dream sequence that shows Asgard getting destroyed or if Hela really does end up destroying Thor’s home. Since the title “Ragnarok” means the end of all things, it wouldn’t be surprising if Asgard ended up getting annihilated.

Thor Ragnarok - Chris Hemsworth as Thor

This next shot makes me think that the flames engulfing Asgard aren’t part of a dream sequence or vision since Thor is seen in the middle of them, clearly struggling to resist. Of course, the next shot doesn’t clear that up for us either.

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