We at Nerdist are big fans of Thor, and are always here for more God of Thunder content. Lucky for us, 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 movie just yet, but we presume it will address the end of Avengers: Endgame, after 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.
In The Mighty Thor, Jane Foster suffers from cancer. Every time Jane wields Mjolnir to transform into Thor, she effectively renders her cancer treatments inert, so being a superhero was quite literally killing her. Natalie Portman seemingly confirmed this storyline in an interview with Fatherly. She said:
“I can’t tell you that much. I’m really excited. I’m starting to train, to get muscles. If there can be all these female superheroes, the more of them they are, the better it is. I’m trying to think—it’s based on the graphic novel of The Mighty Thor. She’s going through cancer treatment and is a superhero on the side.”
If you’re wondering how Jane becomes Thor, check out our primer about the comics history of the character here.
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?
And as we mentioned above, Natalie Portman is back as 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.
Back in March 2020, Groot actor Vin Diesel teased that the Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in Love and Thunder. Variety seemingly confirmed this, noting that Star Lord actor Chris Pratt is headed to Australia to film scenes for the film. How big will his part be? Time will tell!
And lastly, Tessa Thompson told ET Now that Christian Bale will play an undisclosed villain in the film. At the Disney shareholders meeting in December 2020, Kevin Feige confirmed that Bale will play Gorr the God Butcher.
Deadline reported that Russell Crowe will cameo in the film. Matt Damon will also reprise his cameo from Thor: Ragnarok. On April 19, 2021 Crowe appeared on JOY 94.9’s JOY Breakfast and said he is playing Zeus in the film (which you can listen to in the above clip).
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 with updates on October 8 and December 11, 2020 and January 21 and March 29, 2021.