As we already know, there will be a Thor 4 movie in the making soon. At the San Diego Comic Con, returning director Taika Waititi came out to share new movie info with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson who are set to reprise their respective roles of Thor and Valkyrie.
After the amazing success of Thor: Ragnarok that changed the Thor franchise, it looks like Waititi has more magic dust to sprinkle as he whips out a surprise at the Marvel panel that made fans in attendance go absolutely nuts.
All the new info you need to know
1. Valkyrie’s love quest (LGBTQ representation)
When asked what Valkyrie will do first as King of New Asgard, Thompson’s answer was met with a rousing round of cheers and applause.
“First of all, as New King, she has to find her Queen. That would be her first order of business. She has some ideas,” she said, grinning as she does a little excited leg pop.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirms to io9 that Valkyrie will have an LGBTQ storyline. He shared, “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”
2. The debut of Jane Foster as Mighty Thor
In the first shocker of the night for the new Thor movie, Waititi revealed that the film script will be drawing inspiration from The Mighty Thor comic series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman with colours by Matt Wilson.
The comics feature Thor’s former beau Jane Foster wielding the hammer Mjölnir, and so will Thor: Love and Thunder.
3. The return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor
With that announcement, Waititi welcomed Natalie Portman to the stage and even presented her with Mjölnir. Portman took it in a symbolic gesture, much to the excitement of the crowd. When asked how it feels like holding the hammer, she replied with a joke, “It feels pretty good! I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”
To which Hemsworth responded with the self-deprecating humour fans love from Thor: Ragnarok, “I’ve got plenty of hammer envy as well. Captain America and now yourself. It’s great. It’s really sad. I’m going back to Netflix. It’s cool, guys! There’ll be 7-11!”
Portman portrayed astrophysicist Dr Jane Foster in the first two Thor films. In Aaron’s relaunched The Mighty Thor storyline, Foster is a mysterious woman who takes up Thor’s hammer when he’s no longer able to and becomes known as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder. She sets out to protect Earth from the attacking Frost Giants. It then ends with a “Thor vs Thor situation”, with no one knowing who the new Thor is.
There’s no confirmation on how Waititi’s adaptation will be like. Not even the main cast has read the script as he is keeping it well under wraps for now.
4. The release date
Thor: Love and Thunder will be released on 5 November 2021.
That’s it for now! Things are looking pretty cool so far for the new Thor movie. And with Waititi in the driver’s seat, there is great hope that Thor: Love and Thunder will be the best of the franchise yet.