It’s no secret anymore that Thor: Ragnarok has become the underdog of Marvel films, surprising audiences around the world with how fantastic it is. Director Taika Waititi has truly outdone himself, and proven himself worthy of the enormous task he was given when offered the role of director.
While Ragnarok does a great job of keeping itself disconnected from the rest of the MCU, by not relying heavily on the other movies in the franchise to keep things moving, it is still not afraid to make occasional connections and references to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Be it by mentioning their past adventures, or having subtle references and appearances by other Avengers, Ragnarok does a fantastic job of including itself in the rest of the MCU without having the entire movie depend on it.
One of the MCU tie-ins, however, occurs throughout a large portion of Ragnarok. Not only that, but it also ties in with another one of the out-of-this-world films in the franchise.
The Major Tie-In To Guardians of the GalaxyFlashback to 2014, when Guardians of the Galaxy surprised audiences with its wacky and zany characters in a story that touched the hearts of millions in the most beautiful way. (Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what I’m going at). The climax of Guardians featured an enormous battle over Xandar, which shockingly enough turned Guardians of the Galaxy into the deadliest film in history.
This battle saw Ronan the Accuser’s attempt to destroy Xandar, the city he vowed to destroy many years prior, when he is thwarted by the Nova Corps, the Ravagers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves. Ronan did not work alone, however. Much like Thanos did in the Avengers, Ronan hired himself an alien army to help him accomplish his evil plans. The aliens that Ronan hired were known as Sakaarans.
The term Sakaarans should sound familiar, because these particular aliens originated on the planet Sakaar, which you may recognize as the planet Thor is banished to during Ragnarok. In the comics, Sakaar was the planet Hulk took over during the events of Planet Hulk, and ruled over for quite some time.This is just another example of how connected Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is. Phase 1 established the Universe, Phase 2 started to connect things, but Phase 3 is where we finally realize how connected the Universe is. Characters are crossing ove consistently through other characters’ solo films, like Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange and Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, and the abundance of characters that appeared in Captain America: Civil War.
Hopefully this trend of continuously tying the rest of the MCU together continues in future films. We are sure to see a lot more connections like this in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, and likely in other films beyond this point.
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