Thor: Ragnarok changes the God of Thunder's world in many ways, which was director Taika Waititi's intention. In the very first trailer, we saw Hela destroy Thor's hammer, which should have been a big sign to fans. Anyone who's seen the film knows that Thor will never be the same way again, which many would argue is a good thing. However, some of these changes resulted in deaths that may have shocked and angered fans.
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When Hela makes her grand entrance, she destroys Thor's hammer, knocks him and Loki out of the Bifrost teleporter, and kills Volstagg the Voluminous and Fandral the Dashing with very little trouble. Later on, she defeats Hogun the Grim and an entire army of Asgardians, with Hogun lasting a bit longer than his friends. Despite putting up a fight, Hogun falls to Hela.
Simply put, Hela kills The Warriors Three, long-time fan-favorites of the Thor comics. During a Ragnarok press junket covered by Screen Rant, Marvel head Kevin Feige explains why they chose to off the lovable supporting characters.
"Well, it was a – they, they had noble ends – mainly to serve the arrival of Hela, the arrival of the biggest villain into the MCU, who within the first five minutes destroys the hammer, kicks Loki and Thor out of Asgard, and kills almost anyone we've ever met before in the other movies. Which is really – we want it to start with a bang."
You can't argue with Feige, those deaths definitely got the attention of fans. All three characters were in the first two Thor films (with Zachary Levi replacing Josh Dallas in Thor: The Dark World), so Feige got his desired result. One has to wonder if Sif would have gotten the same treatment had Jamie Alexander agreed to appear in Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok is now showing in cinemas worldwide.