Thor fans are very much waiting for the fourth Thor film. The movie was announced at 2019’s Comic-Con, with a very surprising cast list and title: “Thor: Love and Thunder” including Natalie Portman. 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.
Natalie Portman is returning as Jane Foster in the sequel and she won’t be any ordinary Jane, she’ll be female Thor. It marks Portman’s first major MCU appearance since Thor: The Dark World back in 2013. Of course, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are back as Thor and Valkyrie. Chris is back to play the Asgardian god once again. Tessa played Valkyrie in Ragnarok. In Avengers: Endgame she assumed the role of King of Asgard—ruler of the surviving Asgardian population, now residing on Earth.
Christian Bale has been confirmed as the villain in Thor: Love & Thunder, where he will play Gorr the God Butcher, and the character’s history in the comics might reveal some key plot details. Gorr was created by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic and made his first appearance in Thor: God of Thunder #2 in 2013, so he’s a relatively new villain.
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With the arrival of female Thor in the MCU, Waititi has revealed that he’s taken inspiration for the movie from Marvel Comics series The Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman. “That storyline is incredible, full emotion, love and thunder and introduces for the first time female Thor,” he explained. Aside from that, Thompson teased that Valkyrie will be rebuilding Asgard and “reinvesting in her people”.
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.