Marvel Director Leaks There Is an ‘Ongoing Debate’ About This Avenger’s Future

Natalie Portman strode on stage, lifted up Thor’s hammer, and got lots of love and thunderous applause. So now we’re ready to shoot Thor’s next adventure, right? 

Well, not exactly. When Marvel made that presentation, they only had a title and a story idea. Director Taika Waititi had not finished the script yet. In fact, he’d barely even started it. That may seem like a crazy way to make a movie, but that’s how it goes in Marvel Land sometimes.

Natalie Portman is handed Thor's hammer at comic-con
Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Director Taika Waititi, and Natalie Portman | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

What’s the latest on ‘Love and Thunder?”

Yahoo asked Waititi for an update on the movie, due out in November, 2021, and he said, “This is an ongoing debate that we’re still having at Marvel.  ‘Cause we’re trying to figure out how long — how many months or years — this is after Endgame, at what point does this take place?”

So not only is the screenplay not finished, but Marvel hasn’t finalized the timeline yet, and that could factor into how the story is told. We know that the story is based on one in the comics where Jane Foster is diagnosed with breast cancer after losing her family in a car accident, and she ends up being able to take the title of Thor. 

When we last left Thor, he was still grappling with regret. He and his co-Avengers had defeated Thanos, but he felt he let people down, first by not killing Thanos when he had a chance, and second, by letting himself to lapse into Fat Thor when he should have been positioning himself as a leader. 

How has Thor progressed up to this point? 

The Thor movies have generally done well at the box office, but it took a while for Marvel to truly nail down the character. Per Box Office Mojo, the first Thor made a respectable $202 million in 2011.

The second movie, The Dark World, had a fraught pre-production, which led to future Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins leaving the project and Portman feeling alienated. Alan Taylor made the movie, but although it grossed marginally more than the first Thor, it’s generally regarded as one of Marvel’s more disposable films. 

Then, everything changed with Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi, a director known for his unique voice in movies like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The movie cleverly teamed Thor and the Hulk and let Cate Blanchett pull out all the stops with her villain.

The movie was rewarded with a $300 million-plus box-office take and a seemingly bright future as Thor went off into space with his fellow Asgardians. 

Thor gets PTSD and Waititi plays Hitler 

Then Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame blew everything apart. At the end of Endgame, Thor felt somewhat settled, leaving Earth’s  Asgard colony in Valkyrie’s capable hands and going off with the Guardians of the Galaxy, with whom Thor seemed to be well-matched, in that they both did best with zany space adventures. So there was some thought that Thor would be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, or Asgardians of the Galaxy

Then Portman picked up that hammer, and that was great, but what about the Guardians? Where will they go? Will Thor still be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Will Love and Thunder be more Hemsworth Thor or Portman Thor? Are we supposed to call Portman “female Thor” or not? 

Marvel is still trying to figure out the answers to all these questions. Meanwhile, Waititi is busy promoting his new comedy, Jojo Rabbit, which he wrote, directed and starred in as Adolf Hitler, so he’s had to deal with funny looks from his cast while he was directing them wearing a Nazi uniform and a Hitler mustache, he told Jimmy Kimmel

For now, he told Yahoo, “I think we always want to keep changing it up with Thor. He’s so interesting when he’s changing all the time.”