‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ to Cement 3 Future MCU Projects: The Movies and Shows to Follow Suit
Thor: Love and Thunder will be one of the most significant Phase 4 installments among the cinematic spectacles and Disney+ shows debuting as part of the post-Avengers: Endgame transition. First off, the movie will likely be Chris Hemsworth’s last appearance as the God of Thunder, as the MCU seems to be ridding of the original Avengers, making way for future superheroes to take center stage.
Avengers: Endgame bid farewell to Tony and Cap. Black Widow will likely be Natasha Romanoff’s last turn as the fierce spy turned world savior, while Clint Barton will pass the bow and arrow off to Kate Bishop in the Disney+ show Hawkeye. And of course, it looks like Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will be wielding Thor’s hammer moving forward in the MCU, which brings us to the three independent but interconnected narratives that Thor: Love and Thunder is likely to catalyze.
1. Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster becomes Thor in a subsequent Thor franchise
Taika Waititi recently announced that, despite rumors circling the upcoming Thor installment that hinted otherwise, the movie will still focus on Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder. Meaning, while the film will introduce Jane Foster as Mighty Thor, her character will still serve a supporting function in the Phase 4 film.
Given Natalie Portman’s star power, it seems unlikely that she would sign on for a one-and-done denouement for Hemsworth. Portman will likely receive Thor’s hammer, going on to lead a new Thor franchise with a female heroine serving as the Goddess of Thunder. However, this will also likely set up a future mash-up bound to feature Mighty Thor.
2. Valkyrie as King of Asgard
Thor recently named Valkyrie as the King of Asgard, which will theoretically catalyze two subsequent narratives — the search for a Queen and Valkyrie’s transition into a leadership role. It seems likely that this narrative will play out Hulk-style — across multiple installment, rather than a standalone franchise. However, fans would likely enjoy a Disney+ show about Valkyrie — her ascendence to the throne and her search for a Queen.
3. The A-Force is coming
Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will just be one piece of the inevitable superhero team on the way. The A-Force is bound to come to the MCU, and Captain Marvel will likely lead the all-female superhero team that will feature both Valkyrie and Jane Foster.
Thor: Love and Thunder will likely plant some of the first seeds integral to developing the A-Force narrative in Phase 5 or later. A standalone franchise about Natalie Portman’s Foster would further sculpt the character as a hero, coming to own and control her power, before facing a threat demanding an entire team.
In short, Thor: Love and Thunder will serve as a bridge between the past and the present — closing out certain narratives and finishing up certain character journeys, while introducing new stories and new character arcs that will come to define the Avengers landscape moving forward.