Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander will be returning to reprise their roles when "Thor: Ragnarok" hits theaters in 2017.
The scheduled release date for the third Thor movie and the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is two years away, but "Thor: Ragnarok" already has two of its old cast members back in the saddle.
Tom Hiddleston, who plays Thor's envious, trouble-making brother, Loki, and Jaimie Alexander's loyal Lady Sif will be returning when "Thor: Ragnarok" makes its way to the big screen.
Hiddleston's character Loki sacrificed himself in "Thor: The Dark World" to help save Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) girlfriend, Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). With Hiddleston's return to the cast, it may be possible for Loki to be brought back to life in "Ragnarok," unless writers Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle mean for Hiddleston's appearance to be in the flashback variety.
Coming after "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange" in 2016, and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" and the as-yet-untitled "Spiderman" movie a year later, "Thor: Ragnarok" will follow the events that take place in "Civil War," where superheroes are split into two camps: one supporting the law requiring super-powered individuals to register with the government, and the other opposed to it.
Based on the original Marvel comics, the supervillain Ragnarok, who makes his first appearance in "Civil War," is significant for having killed Goliath, one of the anti-registration superheroes. Goliath's death affects both groups and sets the tone for the war.
Following the events of "Civil War," the god of thunder starts to rebuild Asgard, which incurred maximum damage after Loki reactivates Ragnarok via a reset code planted by Hank Pym.
Thanos from "Guardians of the Galaxy" is also expected to show up wearing the Infinity Gauntlet in an attempt to steal the Space Stone and Thor may have to wage a battle with him, as well.
No concrete information on the plot has yet been released, and Marvel hasn't confirmed whether it intends to strictly conform to the storyline set in the comics version when the film begins production.
With a rumor circulating that Thor may die in "Ragnarok" based on the events in the comics, audiences will just have to wait it out until the film premieres in theaters on November 3, 2017.