SPOILER ALERT! With Thor Ragnarok now playing in cinemas all over the planet, we’re going to talk about the movie’s mid/post-credit scenes. So if you haven’t seen it yet, or live in America where the film doesn’t hit screens until November 3, you might want to come back then.
Thor: Ragnarok has two post-credit stings, one of which is a throwaway joke, the other a scene that potentially sets up Avengers: Infinity War. Here we break them down.
The Funny Scene
The gag sting involves Grandmaster climbing out of his crashed spacecraft, and endeavouring to avoid being killed by the people of Sakaar. “I gotta say I’m proud of you all,” he nervously tells a crowd that’s clearly out for blood. “This revolution has been a huge success. Yay us. I’ve been a big part. You can’t have a revolution without someone to overthrow, so you’re welcome, and, it’s a tie.”
The Important Scene
Loki: “Do you really think it’s a good idea to go back to earth?”
Thor: “Yes, of course, the people of earth love me. I’m very popular.”
Loki: “Let me re-phrase that. Do you really think it’s a good idea to bring ME back to earth?”
Thor: “Probably not to be honest. But I wouldn’t worry about it. I feel like everything is going to work out fine.”
But then we get to the good stuff. As we’re suddenly in space, watching the spacecraft that Thor and Loki are on, being consumed by another, much larger craft. So just who is on that ship? And what do they want?
We asked director Taika Waititi — and you can see his answer in the above video. Unfortunately, he wasn’t particularly helpful. But FANDOM has a theory, and that theory involves Thanos. Deep breath…
Marvel boss Kevin Feige has previously stated that Thor: Ragnarok “builds directly into” Avengers: Infinity War, where we know that Thanos is the villain. At the end of Ragnarok, Loki eyes up the Tesseract in Odin’s trophy room, the implication being that he takes it. Thanos needs that particular Infinity Stone to power his Infinity Gauntlet. And in the Infinity War footage that screened at D23, Loki gives the Tesseract to a tall, shadowy figure, whom we’re guessing is indeed Thanos. So our theory is that Loki is still working for Thanos, and he leads the big bad — or one of his minions — to Thor and co in the post-credit scene.
Whatever the case, we’ll find out exactly who is on that ship when Avengers: Infinity War hits UK screens on April 27 and US screens on May 4.