With the release of Ant-Man this past weekend, Marvel Phase Two has officially come to a close, as fans now start the countdown for Phase Three. One of the movies that will be featured in the nine-movie Phase Three is Thor: Ragnarok, set for release on November 3, 2017, but there is very little we know about the story thus far. Actress Jaimie Alexander was at Comic-Con a few weeks ago to promote her new NBC TV series Blindspot, where she revealed that the upcoming Captain America: Civil War will tease Thor: Ragnarok.
"Yeah, there's a lot of great stuff they've peppered in through Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War will have some stuff. There's just all kind of Easter eggs and hints, if you're really paying attention. They're so good at interweaving everything throughout those films."
Ironically, Chris Hemsworth is one of the only Avengers who won't be present in Captain America: Civil War, so we'll have to wait and see how the movie references Thor: Ragnarok. Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost are working on the screenplay. It is rumored that Marvel is trying to bring back original Thor director Kenneth Branagh for the sequel, but that has not been confirmed. When asked about what will happen with Lady Sif in Thor: Ragnarok, Jaimie Alexander had this to say.
"Marvel, I think on purpose, they don't tell me certain things. Because they know I'll be like, "So here's what's gonna happen." But I do know I will be in Thor 3 and that Sif will have a very pivotal part in that movie. I just can't tell you what because I'll get shot."
It's worth noting that, in the Civil War comics, Thor was presumed to be dead at one point. This lead Tony Stark to create a clone of the Asgardian warrior with DNA collected from a strand of the mighty warrior's hair, with the help of Hank Pym and Reed Richards, with the clone taking on the name Ragnarok. It remains to be seen if this particular story line will be teased in Captain America: Civil War or Thor: Ragnarok. Obviously Marvel can't us Reed Richards in Thor: Ragnarok, since 20th Century Fox controls the rights, but the studio could easily alter the story to include a different character, if they plan on going this route.