What exactly is Ragnarok?

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Hello Misfits, with the newest installment of the Thor saga making its way into theaters there is plenty of excitement from both casual Marvel movie fans and hard-core comic book geeks.  The former however may be a little curious about where the name of the new Thor movie came from and what it means. Ragnarok is here and I’m going to explain exactly what that is and what it means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Some of you may be thinking “Ragnarok” sounds like some sort of Norwegian hair metal band and…. your probably right but in terms of what it means in the comic book and cinematic universe it’s a little more complex than that. You see Thor is from a place called Asgard which is home to the Asgardians; a race of powerful beings that often act as galactic peace keepers,the Asgardians are so powerful that many other races see them as gods.

Although the Asgardians are powerful they are not immortal in fact their home land is stuck in a cycle of life and death that causes the destruction of Asgard and the death of almost all of the Asgardians. The process of this cataclysm taking place is referred to as Ragnarok. Usually some super powerful evil deity leads an invasion of evil beings into Asgard, the Asgardian ruler is killed  and everything is destroyed. Eventually Life finds its way back to Asgard and the cycle begins again.

So basically Ragnarok is the Agardian apocalypse that brings about suffering and death but is also the beginning of a new cycle, at least that’s what it means in the comic books anyway. In the new Thor movie it seems like they combined elements of Ragnarok from the Thor comics and elements of Planet Hulk. While there is a giant battle and an overpowered evil doer that leads an invasion, the movie steers clear of many of the apocalyptic elements that are in the comics. This is good news for the Avengers franchise because it means they may be getting their two heaviest hitters back sooner than we thought.

With that said the Thor movie is doing well in theaters so regardless of what interpretation was used, this film is still and action packed entertaining block buster.

Feel free to let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments or drop us a line on social media. Catch you later misfits.

 

-Nick

 

 

 

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