Anthony Hopkins will return for Thor: Ragnarok, but what we don’t know is how director Taika Waititi will interpret the script on screen.
At the end of Thor: Dark World Loki, disguised as Anthony Hopkins, has taken Odin’s place on the throne of Asgard, but the real Odin’s fate remained a mystery. A source close to Geek.com has revealed the plot thread for Odin in the third film.
It’s near impossible to kill Odin, and the best time to try is while he’s in his Odinsleep (a sort of meditation used to recharge the Odinforce, a powerful magic possessed by the ruler of Asgard). When Loki replaced him, Odin wasn’t in his magical slumber. As much as Loki might want to kill Odin, he didn’t — or, at least, can’t — just yet. Whatever did happen, Odin has fled Asgard for Midgard, where he wanders the Earth as one of those crazy-looking “the end is nigh” street-corner hobos, warning of the impending apocalypse (American for Ragnarok).
Geektyrant pointed out that this could be a dark, sad moment for Odin, as the homeless man trying to convince the world it is coming to an end. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is more upbeat than that, and with Waititi at the helm, this could be where he injects comedy into the film. The funny angle does have a greater chance of a miss fire, but Hopkins does have the skill to make the best of an awkward situation.
This plot thread is considered a rumor as no official announcement has been made by Marvel Studios.
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi, Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle are working on the script, and the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor: Ragnarok will destroy the universe on November 3, 2017.