Thor: Love and Thunder — All the things We Know So Far

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Marvel Studios’ God of Thunder will do what no Marvel Cinematic Universe character has but performed and return for a fourth installment of his solo collection when Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on February 11, 2022.

Written and directed by Taika Waititi, the filmmaker who wrote and helmed Thor: RagnarokThor: Love and Thunder will carry again Chris Hemsworth as Thor, together with a bunch of different acquainted faces from the MCU. Right here’s the whole lot we learn about Thor: Love and Thunder to this point.

Extra gods

It stands to cause {that a} movie with Gorr the God Butcher as the first villain would have greater than only one god (Thor) to butcher. Positive sufficient, throughout a latest interview with the Australian radio station Pleasure 94.9, Russell Crowe revealed he’s taking part in Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Marvel’s model of the Olympian pantheon, as you would possibly count on, isn’t precisely like Greek mythology. Within the comics, Olympians are extradimensional beings that hail from Olympus, an adjoining dimension to Earth. There was plenty of buzz in regards to the multiverse within the subsequent part of the MCU and this continues so as to add fuel to that fireside.

Set photographs

New set footage from The Day by day Mail, reveals Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in motion — together with video of Natalie Portman’s stunt double being lifted into the air whereas convulsing as she seems to inherit Thor’s powers, a growth that has been teased for a while.

Okay there are extra photographs in right here however I’m too overwhelmed to tweet all of them so right here is the hyperlink. Picture credit go to Day by day Mail: https://t.co/o8Vt8tExk7

— Thor: Love and Thunder Information (@lovethundernews) March 5, 2021

An Asgardian performing troupe

The Day by day Mail alleged some time again that Matt Damon had joined the solid of Thor: Love and Thunder in an undisclosed position, though he did painting an Asgardian actor in Thor: Ragnarok. Seems, in keeping with new set footage, Pretend Loki did certainly survive Ragnarok and so did his pal Pretend Thor, performed by Luke Hemsworth. Melissa McCarthy will painting Hela within the Asgardian manufacturing.

NEW VIDEO of Luke Hemsworth and Matt Damon as Pretend Thor and Pretend Loki that includes Taika Waititi doing what he does finest whereas filming Thor: Love and Thunder

(video from @follklores) pic.twitter.com/OHmngiZPfj

— Thor: Love and Thunder Information (@lovethundernews) March 2, 2021

New threads

With manufacturing absolutely underway, the primary photographs from the set leaked in early February 2020, revealing some eyebrow-raising new costumes for Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt are seen in full costume for the primary time on the set of Thor: Love and Thunder https://t.co/h5rVUyPret

— Day by day Mail On-line (@MailOnline) February 1, 2021

Manufacturing underway

On January 20, 2021, Chris Hemsworth confirmed on his Instagram that manufacturing is underway in Australia.

Bale the God Butcher

At Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, the studio confirmed earlier reviews that Christian Bale has joined the solid. They usually instructed us who he’s taking part in: Gorr the God Butcher.

Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale will be a part of the solid of Thor: Love and Thunder because the villain Gorr the God Butcher. In theaters Might 6, 2022. ⚡ pic.twitter.com/kByHkyJp6o

— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020

Who’s Gorr? Rising up on a anonymous barren planet, Gorr misplaced his religion in gods after his household died, turning into an outcast from his tribe. When he found the existence of gods, he vowed to kill all of them, together with Thor, Odinson. Gorr is empowered by All-Black the Necrosword, a mystical weapon that enables its customers to fly at excessive speeds and combat with excessive energy. Within the comics, the sword is the catalyst that sends Gorr on an enormous celestial killing spree and pitting him towards Thor.

Thor and Gorr meet quite a few instances all through the comics, usually with time journey and Gorr’s military of berserkers concerned. Nonetheless no phrase on how precisely Gorr shall be weaved into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Guardians return

Provided that Thor spent a lot time with the Guardians of the Galaxy in Avengers: Infinity Conflict, it was honest to surprise if we may even see one other crossover in Thor: Love and Thunder. And whereas we will’t communicate for the entire gang, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed in November that not less than Star-Lord would return within the upcoming movie. Then, in a December Instagram put up, Pom Klementieff revealed she’s in Sydney taking pictures Thor: Love and Thunder, reprising her position as Mantis.

Final we noticed them, Thor and the Guardians have been leaving Earth collectively in Avengers: Endgame so it’s doable Thor: Love and Thunder is simply choosing up the place Endgame left off. Solely time will inform.

Filming in January

Chris Hemsworth says Thor: Love and Thunder will start filming in January 2021.

Chris Hemsworth mentioned he’s filming Thor: Love and Thunder in January and that he’s very excited to do one thing totally different. He additionally mentioned that Taika Waititi is at present writing the script! pic.twitter.com/OvKIu9Spga

— Thor: Love and Thunder Information (@lovethundernews) October 18, 2020

Launch date

Because the coronavirus pressured film theaters to close down, Disney delayed a number of movies, forcing the MCU right into a launch date shuffle. Finally, that led to Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity being bumped to March 2022, placing it in theaters after Thor: Love and Thunder, which ultimately obtained a brand new launch date of February 11, 2022.

The movie will observe a slew of latest heroes starring in their very own motion pictures: Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It now precedes Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2.

Loki, Silver Surfer, and … Iron Man?

Taika Waititi hosted a reside watch-along occasion for Thor: Ragnarok on Thursday (aka “Thor’s day”) through Instagram, and together with that includes digital visits from Ragnarok actors Tessa Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, the session additionally included some attention-grabbing particulars shared by the filmmaker.

Though Waititi would neither verify nor deny the presence of rumored solid member Christian Bale or the potential return of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, he did point out that one character positively gained’t be showing within the movie, opposite to latest rumors: The cosmic hero referred to as Silver Surfer.

Waititi described Thor: Love and Thunder as “like 10-year-olds instructed us what ought to be in a film and we mentioned sure to each single factor.”

The occasion ultimately remodeled into an impromptu question-and-answer session with Waititi, and the filmmaker pranked viewers with what’s actually a joke script from Thor: Love and Thunder.

The script revealed the return of Tony Stark — with “Science” being the one rationalization for his resurrection — and had him utter the road, “Wazzuuuuurrp!” The faux script additionally indicated that Thanos was again, and the staff could be renamed “The Avengererers” in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Though this faux script was good enjoyable, talking with the BBC, Waititi did describe the precise script for Thor: Love & Thunder as “insane” and “romantic.

“I believe it’s going to be actually good,” he mentioned. “We’ve completed, we’ve been writing the script on and off for over a yr and I’m simply, really this week, doing one other cross on it. It’s so insane and likewise very romantic. I’m into romances now. I simply need to make a romance. I need to make one thing that I’ve by no means performed or by no means cared for. I wish to assault one thing like that.”

So whereas Stark in all probability isn’t getting back from the useless to fall in love with Thor, another loopy romance could also be in retailer.

From Gotham to Asgard

In early January, an unconfirmed report indicated that Batman himself, Christian Bale, was the main contender to play an essential, unidentified position in Thor: Love and Thunder.

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That report was later confirmed by Marvel actress Tessa Thompson, who indicated Bale was certainly in talks to play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.

And at last, throughout Disney’s large Investor Day 2020 content material information dump, Bale was confirmed to be taking part in Gorr the God Butcher.

The god herself?

In one of many greatest bulletins to come back out of Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comedian-Con, the studio revealed that actress Natalie Portman is not going to solely reprise her position as Jane Foster in Love and Thunder however may also change into a brand new, feminine Thor.

Portman made a shock look onstage throughout the occasion to announce her return to the position — a personality she hasn’t portrayed in a featured position since 2013’s Thor: The Darkish World.

How Portman’s new God of Thunder shall be built-in into the MCU stays a thriller, one which’s already producing fairly a little bit of buzz.

Talking with Serena Williams on Instagram Dwell in July, Portman expressed her pleasure to reprise the position. “She’s really The Mighty Thor. The comics had the feminine Thor when Jane turns into Thor, and he or she’s The Mighty Thor,” she mentioned. “We haven’t began [filming]. Extra time to get jacked. Which I’ve not. I’ve bought the carbo-loading down, however not the train half! Clearly, the whole lot is bizarre due to pandemic time, who is aware of what’s occurring. Will probably be thrilling and I’m to see if I can achieve muscle.”

Whereas Portman is again, she’ll seemingly be the one main solid member from the 2 early Thor movies. Talking with ET, Kat Dennings, who performed Darcy within the first two movies, mentioned she has not been requested to return for Thor: Love and Thunder. “I don’t suppose I’m in it,” she mentioned. “I really feel like I’d have heard by now.”

Asgardians assemble

Though Hemsworth is predicted to reprise his position as Thor, he gained’t be the one distinguished Asgardian featured within the movie.

Tessa Thompson, who made her debut as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok (see above) and reprised the position in Avengers: Endgame, may also return to play a key position in Love and Thunder.

The movie will reportedly characteristic Valkyrie’s seek for a accomplice to rule Asgard beside her, after having been given the throne in Endgame. Valkyrie will change into the primary, official LGBTQIA+ character within the MCU.

Behind the digicam

For Marvel followers, Waititi’s return as director is welcome information. Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s third solo journey, charmed audiences with its distinctive mixture of humor and motion and its colourful, Jack Kirby-inspired manufacturing design. Thor: Ragnarok earned $854 million on the world field workplace, and helped pave the best way for Avengers: Infinity Conflict and Avengers: Endgame, by which the beer-guzzling, pot-bellied “Bro Thor” rapidly grew to become a fan favourite.

Taika Waititi Akira

Waititi’s Thor encore comes with not less than one casualty. Warner Bros.’ live-action tackle Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal manga and anime movie, has been placed on maintain. Beforehand, Waititi was anticipated to direct the difference, however delays stemming from script issues pushed Akira‘s manufacturing date too near Love and Thunder, forcing Waititi to go away the mission.

Love and Thunder isn’t the one large mission on Waititi’s plate, both. The small-screen adaptation of Waititi’s What We Do within the Shadows, which Waititi each produces and infrequently directs, has already been renewed for a second season. Waititi may also be directing an episode of the Disney+ Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian and can play one in all its supporting characters, the murderer droid IG-11.

The story

We final noticed Thor on the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, when the thunder god headed into house alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, his shiny new ax in hand. Proper now, it’s not clear if the extremely anticipated “Asgardians of the Galaxy” team-up will proceed, or if Thor and the Guardians will go their separate methods for their respective sequels.

Studies to this point recommend that Thor: Love and Thunder would possibly really shift its focus to the characters round Hemsworth’s Thor, with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) inheriting the “Mighty Thor” mantle and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) serving because the ruler of Asgard.

Correction. She's referred to as Mighty Thor.

— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) July 21, 2019

Nonetheless, as one of many few founding Avengers nonetheless standing, Thor is poised to play a serious position within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fourth part. With Tony Stark and Black Widow gone, the Hulk injured, and each Captain America and Hawkeye retired, it’s as much as Thor to bridge the hole between the members of the old-school MCU and newcomers like the Eternals and Shang-Chi.

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