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Spoilers! Breaking down Thor: Ragnarok's credits scenes

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We imagine you were spellbound throughout the end credits of Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, gripped not only by Mark Mothersbaugh's rocking symphonic/electronic score but also the possibility of post-credits goodness.

And Taika Waititi's movie maintains this Marvel tradition by presenting us with two extra sequences, one that alludes to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and another which... Well, why don't you scroll down to find out?

The end of the movie

Ragnarok culminates in the destruction of Asgard, as Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) realise the only way to stop the vicious Hela (Cate Blanchett) is to unleash an even deadlier enemy. 

Said enemy is towering fire demon Surtur (voiced by Clancy Brown), unleashed when Loki drops his skull into the eternal flame beneath Asgard. As Surtur vanquishes the evil death goddess, so too does Asgard explode into a billion fragments. The human population, who have fled onto a spaceship along with our heroes, can do little but watch as their homeworld disappears.

It's a poignant moment but not a completely despairing one: as Thor himself says, "Asgard is not a place... It's a people." One assumes the floating populace will now be looking for a new place to live – and we're about to find out where that is.


Credits sequence #1

We pick up with (step) siblings Thor and Loki in discussion about where to go next. It seems that Asgard's transient population will be taken to Earth, something the latter isn't too keen on given his Chitauri-led destruction of New York in Avengers Assemble.

But before they even get there the heroes are rudely interrupted when an enormous dark spaceship hoves into view, blocking their path. As the music builds the sheer bulk of the craft becomes apparent and its geometry appears to form a leering face. Cut to black.

We're probably right in assuming that this is the vessel commandeered by the baddest of the bad, Thanos (Josh Brolin, pictured below). The Marvel super-villain has been teased on and off throughout the franchise and he's poised to finally do battle with the Avengers in next year's Infinity War.

Given that Brolin himself expects "everyone" to hate him following Infinity War's release, we imagine Thanos is going to cause significant problems for our Marvel ensemble. What this means for the stranded people of Asgard is another matter altogether. Is their fate the despicable act of villainy to which Brolin is alluding?

Let's not forget that prior to Hela's defeat, Loki is briefly glimpsed looking at the Tesseract, the mystical object that he used to threaten so much destruction in Avengers Assemble. Did Loki steal it back? Is Thanos coming after Loki in order to claim it for himself? And is Loki's new-found loyalty to Thor only a temporary phase?


Credits sequence #2

The second teaser is an altogether more throwaway one, but it does bring Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster back into the fray, and for that we're grateful. After all, you can never have too much Goldblum.

Cast your mind back to Ragnarok and you'll remember that Thor and Hulk's escape from the Grandmaster's planet Sakaar instigated a full-blown rebellion among its people. We pick up with the oddball leader staggering out of the remains of a downed spaceship, extraterrestrial groupies in tow, as he's confronted by those over whom he used to rule.

Hilariously the Grandmaster compliments the Sakaarians for their bravery whilst declaring the final outcome, "a tie". We've no idea if his life is preserved however, as we cut to black before discovering his ultimate fate.

This could simply be a way of Waititi giving Goldblum more screen time – nothing wrong with that – or it could be a way of alluding to the Grandmaster's appearance in phase four of the MCU. After all, who could resist having Jeff Goldblum in their Marvel blockbuster?

In the comics the Grandmaster was one of the Elders of the Universe, ancient beings who amuse themselves through various pursuits. In the Grandmaster's case it's gladiatorial games and in the case of The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), it's gathering valuable items from throughout the universe.

Also in the comics, both possessed an all-powerful Infinity Stone, those mystical treasures coveted by Thanos in his quest for domination of the universe – so can we expect both characters to share future screen time with Brolin's baddie?

What do you think the end of Thor: Ragnarok means for the future of the MCU? Let us know @Cineworld.