The Warriors Three and Lady Sif, Thor’s most loyal friends, were waved aside in Thor: Ragnarok. Thor hasn’t even remembered them ever since.
Fandral (Zachary Levi), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), better known as The Warriors Three, died an inconsequential death in Thor: Ragnarok, never to be mentioned again. Along with Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), the noble trio of Asgardian fighters first appeared in the first Thor movie as Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) loyal friends. They were the only characters to remain by his side after he was stripped of his powers and exiled to Earth by Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Thor: The Dark World gave them a smaller role, but they still fought as devoted warriors who were always willing to put their lives on the line to protect their kingdom against threats such as Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and the Dark Elves. Unfortunately for the Warriors Three, the MCU had already grown too large by the time Thor: Ragnarok came out, and Thor’s transformation into a more lighthearted hero rendered them a remnant of the bland style that made Thor: The Dark World fall short of the MCU’s quality standards. Therefore, the deaths of the Warriors Three were used as a tool to reveal Hela’s unparalleled power, with Lady Sif’s absence left unexplained.
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The death of the Warriors Three fit Thor: Ragnarok‘s theme of loss and served as an efficient illustration of how nobody was safe from the impending annihilation that came with Hela (Cate Blanchett), Surtur, and eventually Thanos (Josh Brolin). However, Hogun was the only one of the Warriors to have an honorable death as a protector of his people, while Fandral and Volstagg simply fell victim to Hela’s daggers without giving a fight. The destruction of Asgard marked the final moment of the kingdom’s ancient history — and thus the sign of a new era — and Odin’s death gave Thor a new perspective on what it means to be king, but the death of the Warriors Three didn’t contribute to Thor’s journey in any significant way. Thor didn’t even take a moment to wonder what their fate could have been after Ragnarok came to pass.
This lack of attention to the Warriors Three was further highlighted by Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. As soon as Thor: Ragnarok teased the arrival of Thanos, it was evident that Avengers: Infinity War would continue Thor’s tragic downfall. Infinity War delivered on that promise by killing Heimdall (Idris Elba) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) during its opening sequence, two deaths that gave Thor enough motivation to go in search of the Stormbreaker and kill Thanos on his own. Avengers: Endgame even found a creative way to give Thor an emotional reunion with his late mother Frigga (Rene Russo) by means of time travel, which in itself helped Thor remember he was worthy despite his unfortunate circumstances.
Thor’s next opportunity to remember he once had a group of loyal friends that suddenly disappeared is Thor: Love and Thunder. It’s unlikely that the Warriors Three will play a significant role in Thor’s next MCU appearance, but the God of Thunder could give them a brief mention, at the very least. Hopefully, Lady Sif won’t suffer the same fate. Perhaps, she could even be joining Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as a new leader of New Asgard. For now, the absence of Thor’s best friends since their death in Thor: Ragnarok feels like an oversight.
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