Fans of Marvel’s Thor where shocked and confused when treated to the first look of Thor: Ragnarok recently. Why? Our usual hammer wielding God of thuder was sans hammer and sporting a short new haircut.

To further understand the changes lets briefly recap where we last left Thor. At the end of Age of Ultron Thor heard rumblings of trouble in Asgard: If you recall, his evil brother, Loki has been impersonating their missing father, Odin and his lax governing has lead to the reemergence of an imprisoned Hela. Thor’s first encounter with Hela gets him blasted to Sakaar, a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster. Valkyrie, a tough, hard-drinking warrior hiding out on Sakaar brings the god to the Grandmaster where he is then forced into becoming a gladiator, which leads to his haircut and the loss of his trusty hammer.

Plot twist, Sakaar’s most popular and successful gladiator is none other than the Hulk. Fans will also see some familiar faces, like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. The New York-based sorcerer met with Thor in the post-credits epilogue of Doctor Strange, and he will help the Asgardian locate Odin. The events of Ragnarok will also help set up Marvel’s biggest Phase 3 installment, Avengers: Infinity War, the first half of which is due in May 2018.

You can take a look at some of thei first stills from Thor: Ragnarok below courtesy of EW who’s double issue contains tons of new details from the film.

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