While we still have a few months left until Marvel kicks off Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, the studio is in various stages of production on several other Phase Three movies. Doctor Strange is currently filming, working towards a November 4 release, while shooting begins next month on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017). The next project that will get under way this year is Thor: Ragnarok, with filming slated to begin this summer in Australia, and while there is still very little we know about the story so far, another rumor has surfaced from Geek.com, involving the fate of Odin (Anthony Hopkins). There may be spoilers below for Thor: Ragnarok, so read on at your own risk.
We know that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston will return as Thor and Loki, and it was recently confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will also be back as Hulk. It is widely presumed that other franchise stars like Jaimie Alexander (Sif) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) will return, but one actor we haven't heard much about is Anthony Hopkins, who portrayed Thor's father Odin in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World. This new report claims that Odin will be present in this sequel, and that it will explain his whereabouts, after this beloved character went missing at the end of Thor: The Dark World.
This report claims that Thor: Ragnarok will be the final stand alone Thor movie, much like how Iron Man 3 closed out the Tony Stark trilogy and Captain America: Civil War is expected to be Cap's last solo outing. It was revealed at the end of Thor: The Dark World that Loki had actually disguised himself as the Allfather, taking his place on the throne, but leaving his whereabouts a mystery. It is said that Odin is nearly impossible to kill, although the best chance for doing so is during his Odinsleep, a form of meditation used to re-charge the magical powers known as Odinforce. This report claims that Odin has fled for Midgard, a.k.a. Earth, where he wanders around looking like a street corner hobo, warning people about the impending apocalypse.
Producer Kevin Feige has previously stated that Thor: Ragnarok will largely be a "cosmic" story that takes place mostly off Earth. We last saw Thor leaving Earth for Asgard in Avengers: Age of Ultron, presumably to tell his father Odin about the Infinity Stones, which he learned about when Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tried to mess with his mind by using her powers. It seems likely that Loki will be disguised as Odin upon Thor's return to Asgard, but it isn't clear how he will learn about his father's presence on Earth.
It's possible that this "cosmic road trip" that Loki and Thor embark on could be to find Odin, but we don't know for sure. What we do know is that Stephany Folsom is currently rewriting the script for director Taika Waititi, with Mark Ruffalo recently teasing that the story will have more comedic elements. What do you think about the return of Odin in Thor: Ragnarok? These details have not been confirmed yet, so stay tuned for more on this adventure as we get closer to production starting this summer.