The Infinity War is upon us, but to truly understand what that means, you are going to have to deal with Ragnarok first. With the third Avengers team-up flick fast approaching, now is the time to be sure you are up to date on what's going on with all of the Avengers before they launch into intergalactic battle together. The latest glimpse we've had into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Thor: Ragnarok, which set up a lot of stuff that fans will be seeing in Avengers: Infinity War next year. Here's what you need to know from Thor: Ragnarok before you see Avengers: Infinity War so you're not confused about what's going on.
Basically, Thor: Ragnarok sets the outer space stage for a bunch of Avenger meet-ups in Infinity War, as well as hinting at where some of those all-important Infinity Stones are located and giving Thor a grisly makeover that will really affect his superpowers when facing off against Thanos. Just a heads up for Avengers: Infinity War — the new movie is going to be all about the Avengers coming together to fight an intergalactic warlord named Thanos who is on a mission to collect the six Infinity Stones. Actually, it might be easier if you just watched the Infinity War trailer before I get into all the Ragnarok lead-ups to the new movie, so check that out below.
OK, so that is what we are getting to. Now let's go over all the important parts of Thor: Ragnarok that you'll need to know to make sense of Infinity War.
1. Loki has an Infinity Stone
The most crucial part of Thor: Ragnarok in how it relates to Infinity War is obviously the part that involves one of the Infinity Stones. Before Asgard is destroyed at the end of the movie, we see Loki eyeing the Tesseract inside Odin's vault. We've already seen Loki use the glowing blue square to travel between dimensions in the first Avengers movie, and this scene in Ragnarok seems to make it pretty clear that the trickster god has reunited with his cosmic weapon. But unfortunately for Loki, the Tesseract is actually one of the six Infinity Stones that Thanos is going to be hunting in Infinity War (it's the Space Stone to be more specific), so he probably won't be holding onto it for much longer.
2. Thor is adrift in space
With his home world of Asgard destroyed, we are left with Thor drifting around the galaxy with the rest of the Asgardian refugees on a spaceship at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. This ending leads into one of the most anticipated things in Avengers: Infinity War: the introduction of the Guardians of the Galaxy to the rest of the Avengers. As we see in the first Infinity War trailer, Thor meets up with the Guardians at some point in the new movie. It seems like that will happen pretty early on, given that both Thor and the Guardians are just roaming around space right now.
3. The Hulk is having some scary issues
The other Avenger who starred in Thor: Ragnarok is going into Infinity War with a serious problem. In Ragnarok, we found out why the Hulk has been out of commission since the last Avengers movie, Age of Ultron — he's been trapped on an alien planet unable to de-Hulk for two years. When Bruce Banner does manage to regain control of his body, he tells Thor that he is afraid if he ever Hulks out again, then his human side may never come back. In the end, Banner does go green to help defeat Hela, and in the Infinity War trailer we do see Banner in his human form again. But still, this issue might play a major role in Banner's future with the Avengers.
4. Thor has lost his hammer... and his eye
The Hulk isn't the only one going into Infinity War with some major baggage after Ragnarok. Thor's latest adventure has left him much worse for wear, as his sister Hela destroyed his mystical hammer Mjolnir as well as scratching out one of his eyes. Surprisingly, neither is returned to Thor at the end of the movie, meaning he's going into his fight with Thanos unarmed and un-eyed. But it actually sounds like there is hope for a new weapon for Thor. Some fans have pointed out that the brief scene we see of Thor in the Infinity War trailer could be the God of Thunder creating a new weapon for himself. We will have to see if that turns out to be true when Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters on May 4, 2018.