Let’s discover all the news and rumors about Thor: Love and Thunder!
Since its announcement at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Thor: Love and Thunder. This post contains all the information from trailer, release date, cast, plot, etc that you need to know about the next chapter in the Thor saga.
Why is Thor 4 called “Thor: Love and Thunder”?
While the title’s meaning may seem obvious at first glance, there is more than one possible reason for it.
‘Love and Thunder’ could refer to the relationship between Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman). A panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 confirmed that Natalie Portman’s character would be back in a big way in the upcoming film.
It has been hinted that Jane Foster will not only rekindle her relationship with the God of Thunder. But it will actually take on the mantle of the God of Thunder as well.
Another possible reason for the movie’s title is in reference to Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, who is confirmed to be one of the main characters in Thor: Love and Thunder. She was last seen becoming the new ruler of New Asgard in the closing scenes of Avengers: Endgame.
Being the first openly LGBTQ character in the MCU, Tessa Thompson has mentioned that Valkyrie will be looking for a queen to rule over New Asgard. Which points to another possible reason for the title?
Thor 4 Release Date
It has been confirmed that the film will hit the theatres on 8 July 2022.
Is There a Thor Love and Thunder Trailer?
After long anticipation, we got our glimpse of the upcoming movie with a 90-second trailer of the film.
Who is Directing Thor 4?
Taika Waititi has stepped back under the helm, carrying on where he left off in Thor: Ragnarok as both the creative director and co-scriptwriter, along with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, of the Thor Franchise.
Waititi stepped into the director’s shoes after Thor 2 failed to win over audiences. Originally meant to be a 3-film trilogy, the Thor series was almost cut before Disney and Marvel decided to give Waititi a shot at the controls. Waititi leaned more in the comedic side of Chris Hemsworth and his role as the God of Thunder. The gamble paid off. Thor: Ragnarok became one of the most beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date.
As Thor set to become the first 4-part stand-alone superhero series in the MCU on February 11, 2022. Waititi is sure to go back to what made his first Marvel movie such a success.
Taika Waititi has also mentioned that the campy, nostalgic feel and look of the title “Thor: Love and Thunder” is a reference to the 80’s vibe and references he brought to Thor: Ragnarok which he plans to draw from for this film as well.
He even went one step further and said that Thor: Love and Thunder is “so over the top in the best way”. He said that in comparison, Thor: Ragnarok is a run-of-the-mill superhero movie, and fans know that the last installment was anything but a run-of-the-mill movie.
Thor: Love and Thunder Plot
Last we saw Thor, he was with Starlord, Rocket Raccoon, Mantis, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Off to adventure through the galaxies. While it seems likely that the Guardians will make an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder, the plot does not revolve around them and Thor.
Rather, it mainly takes place on and around New Asgard. Valkyrie has taken her throne as the ruler and is looking for a queen to share the throne with. Something, most likely a villain played by Christian Bale, attacks New Asgard. Jane Foster takes up the mantle as the Goddess of Thunder while battling cancer back on Earth.
It is not exactly clear where Thor is at this point. But off with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the start of the movie is a good guess.
The villain, expected to be Gorr the God Butcher, aims to destroy all of New Asgard out of his hatred for gods. Without Thor, the rest of the Asgardians will need to band together to defend their world. And find the mighty God of Thunder.
Waititi confirmed that the title is more than just a catchy phrase. He talked about how love plays a central role in the movie.
Thor: Love and Thunder cast
The following cast members have been confirmed for Thor: Love and Thunder.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Tessa Thompson as King Valkyrie
- Natalie Portman as The Mighty Thor/Dr Jane Foster
- Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher
- Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill
- Jaimie Alexander as Sif
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis
- Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
- Karen Gillan as Nebula
- Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri
- Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster
- Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot
- Taika Waititi as Korg
- Matt Damon as Asgardian Actor Loki
- Sam Neill as Asgardian Actor Odin
- Luke Hemsworth as Asgardian Actor Thor
- Melissa McCarthy as Asgardian Actor Hela
- Russell Crowe as Zeus
- Ben Falcone as TBC
- Jenny Morris as TBC
- Simon Russell Beale as TBC
Will Fat Thor Make an Appearance in Thor 4?
Mainly used for comedy purposes in Avengers: Endgame. The chunkier Thor, who came out of 5 years of beer, pizza, and Fortnite was actually quite symbolic to Thor’s overall story arc.
In the first Thor, Thor is cocky and sees himself as the ultimate warrior. Over his solo films and the Avengers movies, he learns to be humble. Fat Thor is a low point, where he has lost faith in himself and does not believe that he will be able to save the world.
Since he is no longer at that low point in Thor: Love and Thunder, it is unlikely that we will see a larger Thor again. Most likely, as his brain healed and his confidence was regained, his body reverted back to its old self.
Plus Taika Waititi claimed that the fat Thor bit had already been done and he does not see a need to go back to it.
How Does Jane Become Thor?
As every diehard Thor fan knows, only the worthy can wield the power of Mjolnir. So, if that is the case, what suddenly allows Jane Foster to become Thor?
Maybe it is not a case of what allowed her to become Thor, and more of a case of a lack of previous opportunity. Jane simply never tried to pick up Mjolnir.
Thor has had issues with his powers before. In the first Thor film, he is sent to Earth until he regains his worthiness and the powers that come along with it. And that issue is a common occurrence in the comics, as well.
In the Thor comic Mighty Thor, written by Jason Aaron, Thor loses his powers once Nick Fury tells him something that makes him no longer worthy. Jane picks up Mjolnir in his place and defends Asgard against an invasion force. While simultaneously battling breast cancer back on Earth. Every time she gains the powers of Mjolnir and becomes the Goddess of Thunder, the chemotherapy used to fight her breast cancer is eradicated from her body, allowing cancer to run rampant. Despite this, she continues to fight and defend Asgard until she dies from cancer.
While it does not appear that Nick Fury plays a role in Thor: Love and Thunder, there are other reasons that Thor is not around or not able to defend Asgard and Jane must step up in his place. The whole point of Mighty Thor is that if you have the power of God, you need to earn respect and not simply expect it.
If Thor is off with the Guardians of the Galaxy and shirking his responsibility, does that make him no longer worthy of the hammer?
Is Chris Hemsworth Being Replaced As Thor?
To answer that question, let us look at this recent quote from Chris Hemsworth from an interview with Elle Men Magazine about his thoughts on the future of Thor:
“Are you crazy?! I’m not going into any retirement period (laughs). Thor is far too young for that. It is only 1500 years old! It is definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so.”
It appears that even though Jane Foster may gain the powers of Thor in the upcoming film, Hemsworth is not done with the role. Signed on to play Thor since 2009, Hemsworth is going into his second decade as the superhero. With an iconic role similar to that of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine, the longer Hemsworth plays Thor the better for Marvel fans. Perhaps we could see Thor pass along either his classic hammer or the new, star-forged Mjolnir to Jane. All while maintaining his powers.
Who is the Villain in Thor: Love and Thunder?
The only fact about the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder are that the baddie is played by Christian Bale, who threw away the cape and cowl and turned to the dark side in the upcoming film.
While it has not been confirmed, it seems likely that Bale is going to take on the role of Gorr, the God Butcher.
Like the name suggests, Gorr is not exactly a big fan of gods. Thor is a god, therefore Gorr and Thor do not see eye to eye.
Coming from the 2013 comic series Thor: God of Thunder and The God Butcher, Gorr grew up on an unnamed and forgotten planet. His family died tragically and brutally. Gorr decided that a powerful God would never allow such a thing to happen, and therefore there must not be any gods. His people considered these beliefs to be heretical and cast Gorr from the planet.
On his travels, Gorr discovered that gods did actually exist and just did not notice or did not care about the tragedies in his family. Armed with the mystical Necrosword, Gorr vowed to kill every god that he could find.
He wishes to destroy New Asgard and all of the gods within it as revenge for what happened to his family.
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