SPOILERS ahead for Thor: Ragnarok. Read at your own risk!
As is Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition, Thor: Ragnarok has a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. While the post-credits scene doesn’t seem to have any ramifications for the future of the MCU, just more delightfully goofy Jeff Goldblum, the mid-credits scene may be far more important than you realized.
In the scene, the Asgardian survivors including Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and the rest of the Asgardian people are on a giant ship on their way to Earth, seeking a new home, after Ragnarok (the destruction of Asgard) comes to pass. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) is along for the ride as well, of course. Unfortunately, their ship is blocked by a much larger ship, though even as a comics reader, I did not recognize the ship from how it was shot. Is this perhaps a tease for Avengers: Infinity War? Does this signal the arrival of Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Earth’s corner of the galaxy?
Luckily, The Wrap caught up with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who cleared up the matter:
“We call it the Sanctuary II.”
That’s right, the ship in question, blocking the Asgardians from Earth, is none other than Thanos’ flagship. We’ve seen Sanctuary when Thanos has appeared in the past, both in The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. You know, that weird cosmic planet with the Jim Starlin style stairs and Thanos’ golden throne? Sanctuary II is supposedly more mobile than the celestial body that is Sanctuary. Seeing as how the Infinity Gauntlet is Thanos’ key weapon, at least in the comics, Sanctuary II is not a super-weapon itself.
We know Thor, Banner/Hulk, and Loki will be in Avengers: Infinity War, but what does this mean for the Asgardian race? Will they be destroyed? Enslaved? Such a move could be as frustrating as the beginning of Alien 3, saving the lives of a great deal of characters in Thor: Ragnarok only to have it all canceled out in Infinity War. And will Thanos have Hulk and Thor imprisoned before he makes it to Earth? Will Loki join him at his side? Is this how Thor ends up on the Peter Quill’s Milano’s windshield in the leaked Infinity War trailer?
I guess we will have to wait until Avengers: Infinity War‘s release date of May 4, 2018 to find out!
Thor: Ragnarok is now in theaers.
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SOURCE: The Wrap