Marvel Studios’ God of Thunder will do what no Marvel Cinematic Universe character has but completed and return for a fourth installment of his solo collection when Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters February 11, 2022.

Set to be written and directed by Taika Waititi, the filmmaker who wrote and helmed Thor: RagnarokThor: Love and Thunder will deliver again Chris Hemsworth as Thor, together with a number of different acquainted faces from the MCU. Right here’s every part we learn about Thor: Love and Thunder to date.

Filming in January

Chris Hemsworth says Thor: Love and Thunder will start filming in January 2021.

Chris Hemsworth mentioned he’s filming Thor: Love and Thunder in January and that he’s very excited to do one thing totally different. He additionally mentioned that Taika Waititi is at the moment writing the script! pic.twitter.com/OvKIu9Spga

— Thor: Love and Thunder Information (@lovethundernews) October 18, 2020

Launch date

Because the coronavirus pressured film theaters to close down, Disney delayed a number of films, forcing the MCU right into a release date shuffle. Finally, that led to Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity being bumped to March 2022, placing it in theaters after Thor: Love and Thunder, which finally acquired a brand new launch date of February 11, 2022.

The movie will comply with a slew of latest heroes starring in their very own films: Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It now precedes Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2.

Loki, Silver Surfer, and … Iron Man?

Taika Waititi hosted a dwell watch-along occasion for Thor: Ragnarok on Thursday (aka “Thor’s day”) by way of Instagram, and together with that includes digital visits from Ragnarok actors Tessa Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, the session additionally included some attention-grabbing particulars shared by the filmmaker.

Though Waititi would neither affirm nor deny the presence of rumored forged member Christian Bale or the potential return of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, he did point out that one character positively gained’t be showing within the movie, opposite to latest rumors: The cosmic hero generally known as Silver Surfer.

Waititi described Thor: Love and Thunder as “like 10-year-olds instructed us what ought to be in a film and we mentioned sure to each single factor.”

The occasion finally remodeled into an impromptu question-and-answer session with Waititi, and the filmmaker pranked viewers with what’s definitely a joke script from Thor: Love and Thunder.

The script revealed the return of Tony Stark — with “Science” being the one rationalization for his resurrection — and had him utter the road, “Wazzuuuuurrp!” The pretend script additionally indicated that Thanos was again, and the group could be renamed “The Avengererers” in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Though this pretend script was good enjoyable, talking with the BBC, Waititi did describe the precise script for Thor: Love & Thunder as “insane” and “romantic.

“I believe it’s going to be actually good,” he mentioned. “We’ve completed, we’ve been writing the script on and off for over a yr and I’m simply, truly this week, doing one other move on it. It’s so insane and in addition very romantic. I’m into romances now. I simply need to make a romance. I need to make one thing that I’ve by no means completed or by no means cared for. I want to assault one thing like that.”

So whereas Stark most likely isn’t getting back from the useless to fall in love with Thor, another loopy romance could also be in retailer.

From Gotham to Asgard

In early January, an unconfirmed report indicated that Batman himself, Christian Bale, was the main contender to play an necessary, unidentified function in Thor: Love and Thunder.

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That report was later confirmed by Marvel actress Tessa Thompson, who indicated Bale was certainly in talks to play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The god herself?

In one of many greatest bulletins to come back out of Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the studio revealed that actress Natalie Portman won’t solely reprise her function as Jane Foster in Love and Thunder however can even grow to be a brand new, feminine Thor.

Portman made a surprise appearance on stage in the course of the occasion to announce her return to the function — a personality she hasn’t portrayed in a featured function since 2013’s Thor: The Darkish World.

How Portman’s new God of Thunder might be built-in into the MCU stays a thriller, one which’s already producing fairly a little bit of buzz.

Talking with Serena Williams on Instagram Reside in July, Portman expressed her pleasure to reprise the function. “She’s truly The Mighty Thor. The comics had the feminine Thor when Jane turns into Thor, and she or he’s The Mighty Thor,” she mentioned. “We haven’t began [filming]. Extra time to get jacked. Which I’ve not. I’ve acquired the carbo-loading down, however not the train half! Clearly every part is bizarre due to pandemic time, who is aware of what’s taking place. It will likely be thrilling and I’m to see if I can achieve muscle.”

Asgardians assemble

Though Hemsworth is anticipated to reprise his function as Thor, he gained’t be the one distinguished Asgardian featured within the movie.

Tessa Thompson, who made her debut as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok (see above) and reprised the function in Avengers: Endgame, can even return to play a key function in Love and Thunder.

The movie will reportedly characteristic Valkyrie’s seek for a associate to rule Asgard beside her, after having been given the throne in Endgame. Valkyrie will grow to be the primary, official LGBTQIA+ character within the MCU.

Behind the digital camera

For Marvel followers, Waititi’s return as director is welcome information. Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s third solo journey, charmed audiences with its distinctive mixture of humor and motion and its colourful, Jack Kirby-inspired manufacturing design. Thor: Ragnarok earned $854 million on the international field workplace, and helped pave the way in which for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, by which the beer-guzzling, pot-bellied “Bro Thor” shortly grew to become a fan favourite.

Taika Waititi Akira

Waititi’s Thor encore comes with a minimum of one casualty. Warner Bros.’ live-action tackle Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal manga and anime movie, has been placed on maintain. Beforehand, Waititi was anticipated to direct the variation, however delays stemming from script issues pushed Akira‘s manufacturing date too near Love and Thunder, forcing Waititi to depart the undertaking.

Love and Thunder isn’t the one large undertaking on Waititi’s plate, both. The small-screen adaptation of Waititi’s What We Do within the Shadows, which Waititi each produces and infrequently directs, has already been renewed for a second season. Waititi can even be directing an episode of the Disney+ Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and can play certainly one of its supporting characters, the murderer droid IG-11.

The story

We final noticed Thor on the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, when the thunder god headed into area alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, his shiny new ax in hand. Proper now, it’s not clear if the extremely anticipated “Asgardians of the Galaxy” team-up will proceed, or if Thor and the Guardians will go their separate methods for their respective sequels.

Stories to date recommend that Thor: Love and Thunder would possibly truly shift its focus to the characters round Hemsworth’s Thor, with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) inheriting the “Mighty Thor” mantle and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) serving because the ruler of Asgard.

Correction. She's referred to as Mighty Thor.

— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) July 21, 2019

Nonetheless, as one of many few founding Avengers nonetheless standing, Thor is poised to play a major role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fourth phase. With Tony Stark and Black Widow gone, the Hulk injured, and each Captain America and Hawkeye retired, it’s as much as Thor to bridge the hole between the members of the old-school MCU and newcomers like the Eternals and Shang-Chi.

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