5 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

5 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

It’s always difficult when you discover that your long-lost sister is the goddess of death. And when you learn that she can whip you in a fight, too? It’s even worse.

But for Thor – the god of Thunder – it’s a new reality.

It seems that Hela, the goddess of death, had been locked in a prison for Thor’s entire life, but was recently released when their father died. Now, as the first-born child, she is set to rule Thor’s home of Asgard and change it from a peaceful place into a wicked kingdom, and use it as a base to rule the universe.

Of course, the virtuous Thor wants to stop her, but their first battle doesn’t go so well. She destroys his hammer. Then she banishes him to the strange, alien planet Sakaar, where he quickly gets imprisoned. Can he escape Sakaar in time to save the citizens of Asgard?

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Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) opens this weekend, giving moviegoers the third chapter in the film series that is based on the Norse mythology character. It is the sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as his adopted brother Loki and Cate Blanchett as Hela. We also get to see two other Marvel characters: Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Hulk (voiced by Mark Ruffalo, who also plays Bruce Banner).

The plot of Thor: Ragnarok may sound silly to the non-Marvel crowd, but its use of humor makes it entertaining enough for the non-superhero fans among us. Still, it contains plenty of material that may give parents pause.

Here’s what parents should know:

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