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In many ways, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is like a TV show, and now, with Avengers: Endgame, the stories of many MCU characters have come to a close. In the next season of the MCU, many fans expect the newer characters like Spider-Man or Captain Marvel to take the place of the characters who’ve left the franchise.

However, there are a few exceptions, and one of them is Thor. Like the MCU characters who won’t be part of the franchise anymore, Thor has been around since the beginning, but unlike them, he isn’t dead or retired.

Here’s a look at why fans think that Thor’s story isn’t finished, and in fact, he still has plenty of room to grow.

How Thor changed in his solo movies

While the Avengers movies are a great and fun way to see everyone in the MCU have fun together, Thor’s solo movies are the meat and potatoes of his character. And, like MCU fans on Reddit said, he’s changed quite a lot from movie to movie. 

For example, in the first Thor movie, he was banished to Earth and he was stripped of his hammer, Mjolnir. But, after making some friends and learning a few things about himself, he finally became worthy again, and as a result, he got his hammer back. 

His arc in his third movie, Thor: Ragnarok, takes that theme a step further. Thor had been relying on his hammer to fight his enemies, but after his sister, Hela, destroys his hammer, he doesn’t know how he can fight anymore. That’s when he learns that his power doesn’t come from his hammer, but rather, from himself. 

Thor in ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth | Don Arnold/WireImage

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That arc goes even further in Infinity War and Endgame. In Infinity War, Thor realizes that he’s not strong enough, so he takes a detour to build Stormbreaker, which is a powerful axe.

While Thor is able to ultimately kill Thanos in Endgame with Stormbreaker, it soon becomes clear that killing Thanos didn’t solve his problems. Thanos was still able to snap away half of all life in the galaxy, and that left Thor in a depressed state. 

He eventually gets out of that funk, but along the way, he realized what actually matters to him. Ever since the first Thor movie, he had always wanted to become the king of Asgard, but by the end of Endgame, instead of becoming the king, he leaves that job to Valkyrie.

Instead, Thor ended the movie by spending time with the friends and family that he’s made along the way.

Where Thor can go from here

Unlike Iron Man or Captain America, Thor is still alive, healthy, and capable of fighting with the Avengers. That’s led many Marvel fans to speculate that his story isn’t done, and that he still has a big role to play in the MCU. It also helps that he has a fourth solo movie coming out in the future called Thor: Love and Thunder

That said, while it’s known that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will be returning and that she will become the new “Thor,” it’s not well-known what will happen to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. In the comics, after a similar storyline happens, the first Thor simply becomes known as Odinson. This could be the direction that Hemsworth’s Thor goes, but there are other possibilities too.

Like Marvel fans on Reddit wrote, some fans also want Thor to redeem himself and become the king of Asgard like he always wanted to be. Other fans don’t want him to become the actual king of Asgard, but rather, a “cosmic dad.”

Regardless of where Thor’s story goes from here, fans are excited to see what Marvel does with the character.