On October 9 – 11 I attended a Disney Press Event. My hotel and airfare and meals were taken care of while I was in L.A. Opinions and observations as well as recaps and such are all my own. This post will also contain some affiliate links to Amazon.com.
It is hard to replicate the energy that you feel when you are watching a movie in the same theater with the cast and creators of that movie. Most of these people are seeing the finished product for the very first time along with you. So many hours of hard work have gone into making this that to finally see it on the big screen is cause for excitement. That was the vibe of the room that I was in when I saw Thor: Ragnarok.
People were excited. We had just had the main cast on stage feet from us introduced by Grandmaster himself, Jeff Goldblum. Then the cast came off the stage and crossed in front of us giving high fives and shaking hands. I was only three rows away from some of them the whole night. Everyone was caught up in the excitement, even the cast, including Mark Ruffalo who was livestreaming an Instagram story while on on the red carpet and then again stage. He was so excited that he forgot that his phone was still on when he put his phone in his pocket to watch the movie. If you were one of the 2500 people following along then you might have caught the sounds from the first ten minutes of the movie which included laughter and cheers from the audience. It was that exciting, so exciting that you forget things. I personally forgot my voice recorder at the press conference the next day and I am still kicking myself for that.
Ever since I got the invitation to attend the Thor: Ragnarok red carpet I have been living in this world of Thor. I re-watched Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I read the Planet Hulk storyline on my Marvel Unlimited subscription. What I tend to forget is that not everyone is as invested in the story as I am and you may not even be fully aware of the movie or the storyline. So here is the official trailer to get you a little up to speed.
Since the end of Doctor Strange and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor has been trying to determine what his visions meant from the pool that he went into to communicate with The Norns. That pool is The Water of Sight and it helped Thor understand that Ultron had the Mind Stone and that sets up the part of the story with The Vision and also explains why Thor was quick to believe that the Vision was good and even helped him become created. But the vision (pun intended) that Thor had while in the Waters of Sight was one of Asgard and teased at Ragnarok. So, when all was said and done with Ultron Thor flew off to find out what it all meant.
Also at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Hulk was flying off on his own in a Quinjet. Hulk saw himself as always being a monster and so he left to keep those he loved safe. This is why we see neither hero take a side in Captain America: Civil War. They were both off world and this movie explains what they were up to. While the movie does not establish an actual timeline of events with respect to movies like Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War. We have to assume that there is some overlap.