We at Nerdist are big fans of Thor, and are always here for more God of Thunder content. Lucky for us, Marvel‘s main man in charge Kevin Feige agrees. At San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, we finally learned more about the fourth Thor film at the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel. In a sea of new announcements, one thing was clear: Thor 4 is going to rock our socks off. Here’s everything we’ve learned so far about Thor: Love and Thunder.
What Is It About?
New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, who helmed Thor: Ragnarok, is back for Love and Thunder. He’ll direct the film and co-write the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. We don’t know many details about the film, but we presume it will address the end of Avengers: Endgame. Thor left Valkyrie in charge of New Asgard. We do know writer Jason Aaron’s comics for Marvel will inspire the film… and it will feature Jane Foster in a very important role.
Who’s in It?
You can’t have a Thor movie without Chris Hemsworth, who is back to play the Asgardian god once again. Tessa Thompson, who played Valkyrie in Ragnarok, is also back. In Avengers: Endgame, we learned that she assumed the role of King of Asgard—ruler of the surviving Asgardian population, now residing on Earth—which should provide some fun material. Will Thor regret giving her the mantle, or will he honor his new king without reservations?
Speaking of returning cast members, this next one is a whopper…
Maybe the biggest surprise of the MCU panel was the reveal that Natalie Portman would return to the role of Jane Foster. The actress played the scientist—and love interest of Thor—in the first film and its sequel, Thor: The Dark World, but was written out of the MCU shortly thereafter. Though she had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-appearance in Endgame, her whereabouts have never been clearly defined. Jane’s absence was Portman’s decision.
But somehow, they lured her back. And that’s not all. At Comic-Con, Waititi talked about his love for Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor, a comics story where Jane Foster becomes Thor. Portman took to the stage to claim Mjolnir, confirming that Jane’s Thor will factor into Love and Thunder in a major way.
This is not a drill, folks! Natalie Portman will play Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder!
We’re so excited and surprised we can barely form the words! If you’re wondering how Jane becomes Thor, check out our primer about the comics history of the character here.
We’ve also heard about two other actors. Vin Diesel said Guardians of the Galaxy members will appear in Love and Thunder. And Thompson told ET Now that Christian Bale will play an undisclosed villain in the film.
When does Thor: Love and Thunder come out?
The COVID-19 pandemic shuffled Thor: Love and Thunder‘s release date. The movie is currently set to begin filming in 2021 for release on February 11, 2022.
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Originally published on July 20, 2019.