Thor: Ragnarok provides a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy starring the Asgardian. New characters such as Hela, the Grandmaster, Valkyrie and Korg all hit the right notes and saw the film fly among critics - yet the death of The Warriors Three blight the film with their deaths widely regarded as one huge MCU mistake.
Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg make up the trio who are loyal to Thor, despite his blind faith in brother Loki and regular abandoning of his people in order to focus on saving the world and fighting for the macho mantle with the Avengers. They spend Thor and Thor: The Dark World coming to the god's aid and helping him defeat enemies such as the Frost Giants and Marauders and many were expecting them to take on a more prominent role when the third installment came out in the tail end of last year.
In Ragnarok, though, Hela cruelly dispatches them and that's it, job done, involvement over. There is no emotional end, nothing to get the audiences mourning the loss of a trio that, despite being in Thor's shadow, still managed to secure a cult following. The film moves at 100 miles per hour and Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg all fall victim to a showpiece that jumps from one scene to the next and, insultingly, are never mourned by Thor who instead wastes time chasing Loki and bantering with The Hulk. As you do.
Volstagg and Fandral die pretty much right away via Hela's blade, while Hogun gets a tad more justifiable ending later on. Marvel chief Kevin Feige later addressed the issue, insisting they wanted to start the movie with a bang, but chopping three fan favourites in such dire fashion was a decision that weakened the film rather than strengthened it.