Thor: Love and Thunder is featuring another fan favorite from Avengers: Endgame. Inside sources claim that a member of the Avengers will be joining Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) for the fourth film in the hit franchise. Which Endgame star is Marvel bringing back for Love and Thunder?
Hemsworth prepares for his fourth solo film in the MCU
With Endgame concluding some big story arcs, including those of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hemsworth is officially the first person in the MCU to have four solo films.
Hemsworth was introduced in the 2011 film, Thor, which had moderate success at the box office. The sequel was met with some pretty heavy criticism but director Taika Waititi turned things around in a big way in Thor: Ragnarok.
In Ragnarok, Hemsworth’s character underwent a major transformation, with Waititi embracing more of the comedic elements of the superhero. And in Endgame, fans watched Thor gain an enormous amount of weight before handing over the throne to Valkyrie and joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Given the success of Ragnarok, Marvel moved forward with Thor: Love and Thunder and announced the premiere date last summer. That date has since been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed all of the studio’s upcoming projects.
Marvel has not revealed what they have planned for the character in Love and Thunder, but inside sources claim that Thor won’t be the only superhero in the movie.
This ‘Endgame’ star will appear in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
In light of the pandemic, Love and Thunder will now premiere in February of 2022. Filming for the project will likely get underway in the fall or early 2021, depending on what happens with the current crisis.
Although this is pretty disappointing news for fans, it does give Waititi and his team plenty of time to develop the story. But it also means that things could change between now and when production ramps up.
Marvel has not confirmed the rumors surrounding Thor: Love and Thunder, but a source told We Got This Covered that Waititi wants to bring Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk back into the mix.
Like Thor, Hulk has undergone some major changes in the last few movies. In Avengers: Endgame, fans watched as Bruce found a way to merge the best qualities of Hulk with himself, resulting in a smarter and more controlled version of the superhero.
It is unclear what Waititi has planned for Hulk in the fourth installment, but the insider revealed that it will be a minor role. Even still, teaming the characters up for another film is bound to excite fans.
Waititi gives fans a ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ update
Taking to Instagram, Waititi recently took part in a live commentary of Ragnarok. But instead of discussing the movie with fans, the director let the film play in the background and answered questions from fans.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Waititi started the live stream by showing off some concept art for the character Miek, who appeared alongside Korg in Endgame. Waititi is giving Miek some new armor in the movie and revealed that the character is female.
After showing some concept art, Waititi displayed a fake script for Thor: Love and Thunder that featured Tony Stark coming back from the dead. The scene included a conversation between Thor and Tony about bringing the Avengers back together to defeat Thanos, who has also been resurrected.
Waititi went on to say that he loves the character, Beta Ray Bill, but he refused to confirm that he will be making an appearance in Love and Thunder. Waititi did inform fans that Silver Surfer is not in the movie, though he remained mum on what villain Christian Bale will be playing.
The director also assured viewers that Thor: Love and Thunder is around 10 times the scale of Ragnarok. Considering how many characters are appearing alongside Thor, it sounds like Marvel is not pulling any punches in this one.