Thor: Ragnarok made massive changes to Thor's status quo, and directly set up Avengers: Infinity War. Now, the film's co-writer Eric Pearson reveals how he's helping maintain that status quo for Infinity War and beyond.
Spoilers ahead for Thor: Ragnarok.
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Asgard has been destroyed by the fight between Hela and Surtur, and Thor, Valkyrie, Loki, Heimdall, Hulk, and the rest of the Asgardian refugees have embarked on a ship for Earth, where they plan to set up a new home.
Pearson says this storyline will be reflected in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4, which he is also helping write.
"I left [Thor: Ragnarok] shooting in Australia early, because they flew me to Atlanta to help out [Avengers: Infinity War] screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely with Infinity War and untitled Avengers 4, which was totally awesome," Pearson told The Hollywood Reporter. "I cannot say how excited I am and what an amazing job those guys are doing. I think they were just so crammed for time there, and I'd worked with them previously on Agent Carter, and just from being in Marvel, we knew each other. So I think they were comfortable with me coming in and whenever they are working on one, I was kind of keeping the other one moving forward. I do know what's going on there, but I am terrified to say anything. Part of the reason we got sent over there is Ragnarok was so different than the other two, Hemsworth especially wanted to keep that continuity going for his character and his arc. I think also for [Mark] Ruffalo and Hulk, the stuff going on for them in the next two movies is some of my favorite."
In the film's mid-credits scene, the Asgardian ship was intercepted by what is presumed to be Thanos' flagship on its approach to Earth, possibly leading to the reported scene from the Avengers: Infinity War footage shown at Comic-Con International: San Diego where Thor encouters the Guardians of the Galaxy - a scene which Pearson wrote.
This raises some questions about the nature of a recent set photo from the currentely-in-production Avengers 4 where Chris Hemsworth was spotted sporting Thor's old look, and lends some credence to the idea that the scene being filmed could be a flashback.
Avengers: Infinity War is due out May 4, 2018.