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May 6, 2022: THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
Taika Waititi returns to the Thor franchise promising to double up on the craziness that made Thor: Ragnarok so rewatchable and to make something even MORE “bombastic” than its predecessor. While the film is certain to pick up where Avengers: Endgame left off, it’s also going to take direction from Jason Aaron’s long-lasting and acclaimed run on the comic and see Jane Foster pick up Mjolnir and take up the mantle of Thor!
In January of 2020, it was revealed that Christian Bale had entered into negotiations to play a key role in the film. Filming for Thor: Love and Thunder was set to take place in Australia beginning in August of 2020. but with Shang-Chi delayed due to COVID-19, the start date has been pushed back. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson was brought in to work on the script which Waititi described as a rom-com.
Considering the last time the God of Thunder was seen on-screen, aboard the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Benatar, it came as no surprise that Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, is set to make an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder. His amount of screen time and importance to the storyline is currently unknown, being likely that it may mirror Doctor Strange’s cameo in Thor: Ragnarok.
Christian Bale‘s character was finally disclosed at the Disney Investor Day presentation on December 10, 2020. He is now set to be portraying Gorr, the God Butcher.
A number of cameos were confirmed as some set photos surfaced in early March 2021. Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth, and Sam Neil will be reprising their roles from Thor: Ragnarok, with Melissa McCarthy making her MCU debut as an Asgardian actress playing Hela. A cameo few saw coming was Russell Crowe‘s, in a yet unknown role. The Kiwi was confirmed to be appearing in the feature in late March 2021 after being spotted spending time with the cast in the weeks prior.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif
Taika Waititi as Korg
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Dave Bautista as Drax
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Pom Klemetieff as Mantis
Vin Diesel as Groot
Russell Crowe as Zeus