Last Updated: June 11, 2020
Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to be part of MCU Phase 4, and here's what we know about it so far. Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Endgame rocked pop culture in 2019, marking the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity Saga that started back in 2008. Many of the original Avengers won't return in future MCU movies, but that doesn't mean the franchise won't still go on. Given that Thor, Hawkeye, and Hulk are the only three main Avengers left alive, they probably all have a future ahead of them.
Sadly, Black Widow and Iron Man were killed in Avengers: Endgame, and Captain America went back in time and grew old with the love of his life. But Thor, on the other hand, still has a path forward in the MCU, given the way the latest Marvel blockbuster ended. What's interesting is that Chris Hemsworth was ready to give up on Thor prior to starring in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok and then later in the Russos' two Avengers movies. Starring in those films revitalized Thor for him - and for audiences.
So now that Thor's story in the Infinity Saga is over, and some of his friends (and co-workers) are done with the MCU, will Thor 4 be Hemsworth's last hurrah in the MCU? Perhaps. Perhaps not. If it's his exit, it'll surely be a grand one. Here's everything we know about Thor: Love and Thunder so far.
Thor: Love and Thunder Release Date
While Thor 4 has been in Marvel Studios' MCU Phase 4 line-up since the beginning, it's now occupied several release dates, due to the Coronavirus throwing Hollywood schedules into turmoil. Thor: Love and Thunder is now set to fly into theaters on on February 11, 2022, just six weeks prior to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' release on March 25. It's rare to see MCU movies release so close together, but the post-Coronavirus slate is an odd one.
Thor: Love and Thunder Director & Cast
To the delight of fans, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is returning to helm Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris Hemsworth is returning as the titular hero, while Tessa Thompson is back as Valkyrie, King of New Asgard. Natalie Portman is making her first proper appearance as Jane Foster since Thor: The Dark World, while fan-favorite character Korg is also coming back, and the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy are also participating. The only new confirmed cast member so far is Christian Bale, set to play an unknown villain role.
Thor: Love and Thunder Story Details
As usual for MCU movies this far out, Thor: Love and Thunder's story is being kept under wraps, although some general aspects have been revealed. Portman's Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor, while Valkyrie will be on a search for her queen. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be involved in some way, and this film will be set prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Director Waititi has also confirmed that Starsharks will be introduced to the MCU in Thor 4, and that Jane's famous breast cancer storyline from the comics might be adapted. Beta Ray Bill has also been heavily rumored to appear. The biggest question mark right now is actually what Thor himself will be doing, along with the identity of Bale's villain.
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