Thor Ragnarok

Thor is rocketing through the air and crashes on Sakaar, a junkyard planet, as you can see by all the trash littered around. There are two ships circling the god of thunder, but what are those portals in the sky? Perhaps Thor is blasted from Asgard and knocked into one of those portals, which sends him to Sakaar?

Thor Ragnarok

Despite a friendly greeting, the diverse people of Sakaar aren’t wasting any time dealing with Thor as one shoots a charged net at our hero and ensnares him. However, it’s not that man who ends up taking him away.

Thor Ragnarok - Tessa Thompson as Vaklyrie

Instead, it’s Creed star Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, who ends up dragging him, presumably to that ship that’s behind her. As we’ll learn later in the trailer, she’s working for The Grandmaster and bringing him worthy contenders for the gladiator arena.

Thor Ragnarok

But before that, it looks like we’re getting some of Vaklyrie’s backstory. In the comics, Valkyrie (also known as Brunnhilda) is the leader of the Valkyrior, a group of nine warrior goddeses of Asgard who ride winged horses. They were tasked with taking mortally wounded human heroes from Earth and bringing them to Valhalla until Odin vowed to the Celestials (a species of powerful extraterrestrial cosmic beings) that he would limit the contact Asgard made with Earth.

After this, Valkyrie roamed Asgard in pursuit of something meaningful to do until she met Amora the Enchantress, who offered her a life of adventure. They completed conquests together, but they came to be at odds when she realized Amora was seeking immortality in addition to adventure. However, I don’t think we’ll see any of that play out in the movie.

In the shot above, that’s clearly the Valkyrior flying through the air, swords drawn as they ride their winged horses. In the background we see Hela, and it appears to be the same setting where that earlier shot of the villain came from.

Thor Ragnarok - Cate Blanchett as Hela

If you need anymore evidence of that, there’s this shot with Cate Blanchett’s face, visible this time, as she throws her sword at the incoming warrior goddesses. As I said before, I think this is some kind of flashback or prologue because every scene is hazy, darkly lit and moving in slow-motion. It has the same feel of previous expository sequences we’ve seen in the other Thor movies. The question is whether Valkyrie had temporarily joined forces with Hela before turning on her or was merely tasked with defeating her.

Thor Ragnarok - Tessa Thompson as Vaklyrie

Whatever Hela did with her sword must have worked, because here we see Valkyrie and the rest of her team falling out of the sky in a shot that looks like a gorgeous painting.

Hela’s plan in the comics was to expand her power to include the dead of Valhalla. And since the Valkyrior are responsible for those people, it would be their place to defend it from Hela. I’m betting we’ll see Valkyrie banished from Asgard as a disgraced warrior after failing to defeat Hela. That’s presumably why she’s hanging out at a place like Sakaar and has resorted to bringing in potential gladiator contenders to The Grandmaster. It will also give her a reason to be hesitant to help Thor at first since she’ll likely hold a grudge with Odin and Asgard.

Thor Ragnarok - Chris Hemsworth as Thor

After being apprehended, Thor is restrained in this chair, and he doesn’t look too thrilled to be getting a haircut by someone whose face looks like it has seen better days.

Thor Ragnarok - Tessa Thompson as Vaklyrie

Valkyrie looks on in this scene (there’s a nice touch where Valhalla is mentioned in the Led Zeppelin song during this shot as well), but what’s she holding in her hand? Could that be her fee for bringing in Thor?

Thor Ragnarok - Jeff Goldbum as The Grandmaster

There’s nothing particularly special about this shot of Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, I just wanted to feature it because he looks so damn cool, and I want to see all of his scenes right now. He asks Valkyrie what she’s brought him, and she responds simply, “A contender.” A contender for what? We won’t find out until after a series of cool shots that show us even more.

Thor Ragnarok

In a jungle somewhere, a warrior slices what looks like Hela (since there are antlers on the back of the suit), but since the slice results in the head exploding in green splatter, it may just be some kind of henchman that fights along with her.

Thor Ragnarok - Idris Elba as Heimdall

What’s cool is that the warrior who was slicing whatever that thing was is none other than Idris Elba‘s  Heimdall, but he looks drastically different than we’ve seen before. He no longer has his gold armor and helmet and he has much longer hair, though he still wields the same sword. What is Heimdall doing here?

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