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Thor 4: Predicting The Guardians of the Galaxy’s Love & Thunder Role

The Guardians of the Galaxy could be back sooner than expected in Thor: Love and Thunder, and here’s what their role in Thor’s fourth “solo” adventure could be. The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally brought together all of its superheroes in Avengers: Endgame to go against Thanos and his armies, with their combined efforts resulting in the defeat of the Mad Titan – and Tony Stark’s death, as he sacrificed himself to save the universe. By the end of the film, everyone went on their own ways, with Thor leaving New Asgard and joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, even if just for a ride.

Now, the MCU is preparing for a new wave of films, which will introduce new characters such as the Eternals and Shang-Chi, and continue the stories of other heroes, as is the case of Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel. The return of the God of Thunder came as a big surprise to Marvel fans, as he’s the first Avenger (and MCU character, in general) to get four solo films, and it has a lot to thank Thor: Ragnarok for. Titled Thor: Love and Thunder, the film will have Taika Waititi back as director as well as Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian hero, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Lady Thor.

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Thor 4 will focus on Jane’s journey and her taking on the mantle of Thor, as she did in the comics, and will count with Christian Bale as the new villain. Given Thor’s new bond with the Guardians of the Galaxy, which began in Avengers: Infinity War and continued in Endgame, many fans have been wondering if there could be a collaboration between these heroes in the upcoming Thor 4, and it now looks like a big possibility. While promoting his new film, Bloodshot, Vin Diesel revealed that Waititi has talked to him about Thor 4 incorporating some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and before the mythical Marvel snipers get him, here’s what their role in Thor: Love and Thunder could be.

Nebula and Rocket joined Thor and the rest of the surviving heroes in Avengers: Endgame on their mission to find Thanos, get the Stones, and reverse the snap. Sadly, Thanos had already destroyed the Stones to prevent further use, and Thor ended up decapitating him. By the end of the film, and once Thanos and his armies were gone for good, Thor left with the Guardians of the Galaxy, saying that they are now the “Asgardians of the Galaxy” and jokingly arguing with Star-Lord over command of the team. While there are five films coming out before Thor: Love and Thunder, one of them a prequel (Black Widow), there are none which could explore or show what Thor and the Guardians have been up to, so it’s very possible that Thor 4 will open with the God of Thunder traveling with his new friends.

This, however, would be a short appearance, with Thor leaving the team for whatever reason that would then kickstart his story in Thor 4. The Guardians showing up at the beginning feels like the most likely option, and it would give continuity to where Avengers: Endgame left them, while also giving a glimpse at how they get along as a team.

Thor met the Guardians of the Galaxy when he crashed on their spaceship at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, following a brutal encounter with Thanos in which many Asgardians were killed, including Heimdall and Loki. After telling the Guardians about Thanos’ plans, they split into two groups, with Peter, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis traveling to Knowhere to stop Thanos from getting the Reality Stone, and Thor, Rocket, and Groot going to Nidavellir, where they built Stormbreaker. The first group ended up in Titan, with Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man, while the others joined the battle in Wakanda.

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Thor and Rocket (and Nebula, over at Titan) survived the snap, and five years after Thor killed Thanos, they teamed up with the rest to travel back in time and retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos did. Thor and Rocket were sent to Asgard in 2013, where Rocket extracted the Reality Stone from Jane Foster while Thor had a chat with his mother, Frigga (who passed away that year). If there are any Guardians with a connection with Thor are Groot and Rocket, as they have already teamed up and it’s a dynamic that worked well and got a good reception from viewers. Supposing that Star-Lord has different plans for the team, mainly going after Gamora, then Rocket and Groot could go on a different mission with Thor, helping him out with whatever problem is thrown his way in Thor 4. After all, Diesel said that “some Guardians” will appear, and Groot and Rocket are the best options.

If the Guardians do appear at the beginning of Thor 4, with the God of Thunder leaving them to go on a different mission, it doesn’t mean that they can’t return later on in the film. While it’s unknown what kind of dangers Thor will come across with in this new film, he could certainly use the help of his (new) teammates – but because this is a Thor film, they wouldn’t show up until the final act. Of course, it’s also possible that Thor 4 will skip the part where Thor and the Guardians share a ride and will go straight to whatever it needs to kickstart the story, meaning the Guardians would arrive near the end of the film to help him save the day, in a way that will hopefully not feel forced or too deus ex machina.

Given that Jane Foster will become Mighty Thor, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Guardians have some interaction with her or even work with her to stop the villain and everything that comes with him – after all, the Asgardian God won’t be the only hero this time. The possible inclusion of some of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: Love and Thunder is exciting news for Quill and company, as it would expand their role in the MCU and help set up their third adventure, which doesn’t have a projected release date yet. As for Thor, this new film will be a game-changer for him and those close to him, especially Jane Foster.

Next: Doctor Strange 2 vs. Thor 4: What Is The Most Important MCU Phase 4 Movie?


2020-03-10 03:03:04

Adrienne Tyler

Robert Downey Jr. Defends Tropic Thunder Blackface | Screen Rant

Actor Robert Downey Jr. has defended his role in Tropic Thunder, a satirical take on Hollywood blockbusters, in which his character appears in blackface. The Avengers: Endgame star appeared on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to discuss his career and promote his new film, Dolittle, when the controversial host brought up the twelve-year-old film. In the 2008 satire of the film industry, Downey plays a white, Australian actor who undergoes cosmetic surgery so he can play a black army sergeant.

Written by, directed and starring Ben Stiller the film, a send-up of many Hollywood tropes, was a hit. From the stereotypically sleazy film producer to the unfortunate decision many white actors make to don blackface (a choice that continues to happen even as recently as the 2012 Oscars, wherein Billy Crystal donned black face paint and an oiled wig to portray Sammy Davis Jr.), Tropic Thunder was a relentless critic of many Hollywood stereotypes. Downey’s character embodies many of the worst aspects of celebrity culture, but none of them worse than the hubris it takes for a white man to play a black character.

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Downey opened up about the role on The Joe Rogan Experience, saying, “I think having a moral psychology is job one. Sometimes, you just gotta go, ‘Yeah I effed up.’ In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception.” The star says he was hesitant to take the role when it was offered to him, adding, “My mother was horrified.”

His mother’s dismay aside, Downey ultimately accepted the role. “I thought, ‘Hold on, dude. Get real here. Where is your heart?'” he told the host. “My heart is, A, I get to be black for a summer in my mind, so there’s something in it for me. The other thing is I get to hold up to nature the insane, self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion.”

The actor also acknowledged that while it was “impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie,” he felt confident in the role. “90 percent of my black friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great.”

Tropic Thunder ended up being a huge comeback for Downey who also starred in Iron Man, which was released the same year. The problem is that while the film tried to make a point about race, it simultaneously used one of the most racist aspects of the industry to prove its point. Even while the film is still generally appreciated today, it’s important to remember that it was written by three white guys (Stiller alongside Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen), and that the only actual black character in the film is Brandon T. Jackson’s Alpa Chino, a send-up of the rapper-turned-actor trope.

Even Downey himself acknowledges that the depiction wasn’t for everyone, when he tells Rogan that “the other 10 percent” of his black friends didn’t appreciate the blackface. “I can’t disagree with them,” he said. “But I know where my heart was.”

More: Ben Stiller Continuing ‘Tropic Thunder’ Tradition With ‘Fake Trailer Project’

Source: The Joe Rogan Experience


2020-01-23 02:01:06

Shawn DePasquale

Thor’s Role in Marvel’s Future is The [SPOILER] of Thunder

Warning: SPOILERS for King Thor #4

Thor has always been a multi-faceted character in the comic books. After all, he’s a Norse god who has shared lives with a mortal doctor before becoming a superhero, and eventually, an Avenger. However, the final issue of Jason Aaron’s King Thor teases the Thunder God will take on even more directions in the future – including a career in law enforcement.

King Thor #4 is set within a library in Omnipotence City, the Nexus of the Gods. The library contains not only the past escapades of Thor, God of Thunder but also future ones as well. One such book – God Cop – shows Thor as “Officer Odinson”, complete with a badge and a cybernetic eye in addition to a few other upgrades. This new God Cop patrols Sun Precinct Prime, keeping the peace among the cosmos and taking on all sorts of law-breaking god and deities.

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The story is just one of many futures for the near-immortal Thor. However, with Jason Aaron’s historic run on Thor coming to a close and Donny Cates taking over the title, it seems unlikely Thor will take on the role of Officer Odinson any time soon. Still, this does leave the very real possibility that future writers will use this precedent to role out their own version of the God Cop. After all, in 1978, What If . . . #10 ran the story, “What If Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor?” An idea which was incorporated into continuity years later when Jane Foster took over the role of Goddess of Thunder during Jason Aaron’s run of The Mighty Thor (and soon, the movie Thor: Love and Thunder).

This also isn’t the first time Thor has been in a peacekeeping role. When Doctor Doom remade the universe during Secret Wars, Battleworld was patroled by the Thor Corps. This was an entire police force of Thors, lead by Thunderer Thorlief, who held the record of “arresting 13 Hulks in one night.” The Thor Corps was a Green Lantern-esque peacekeeping force subservient to Emperor Doom, until Jane Foster infiltrated their ranks and revealed Doom’s deceptions, leading to their rebellion at the climax of Secret Wars.

Honestly, the idea of a God Cop almost writes itself. After all, the idea of gods being bound to the same legal precepts as mortals – and answerable to Officer Odinson – sounds hilarious. The concept sounds a bit similar to Alan Moore’s Top Ten, which also features several super cops working a case involving Thor, Odin, Loki and the rest of the Norse crew. The premise of Officer Odinson is ripe with potential, even if it is just currently a one-off idea in a final issue. Hopefully Thor the God Cop will dust off his badge sooner rather than later.

King Thor #4 is available now from your local comic book shop.

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2019-12-26 01:12:52

Richard Pulfer

Shang-Chi Star Is Most Excited to See Thor: Love and Thunder

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings begins production this month in Australia, but it’s the movie shooting down under just after it on the same stages that has star Simu Liu most excited.

A fan of director Taika Waititi before the New Zealand born creative genius even joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe to re-imagine the Asgardian segment of the franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, Simu – a longtime Marvel fan on his own – is most looking forward to seeing the followup, Thor: Love and Thunder. Liu first met Waititi at Comic-Con International in San Diego this July where Marvel Studios unveiled (most of) Phase 4 of the MCU, including both Thor 4 and the all-new Shang-Chi adaptation.

Related: Thor: Love & Thunder Will Double Down On Ragnarok Craziness, Says Waititi

It’s there where Simu Liu wowed the 6000+ attendees in the infamous Hall H with an introduction that first saw him speaking Mandarin, and his charm as a future hero and leader in the MCU. I spoke with Liu a few weeks ago on the phone and asked about what excited him most about all the new projects announced alongside Shang-Chi.

Rob Keyes: You were a fan of [the MCU] from the beginning, like me, reading comics and growing up loving superheroes. When you’re on stage, you’re amongst so many other iconic characters or characters-to-be. What are you personally most excited for from the other stuff that’s coming?

Simu Liu: Oh, man. That’s so tough. I’m a big Taika fan, even before he did Ragnarok. You know, Hunt for the Wilderpeople was a great movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love his filmmaking style, and after having gotten the chance to meet him, I love his vibrant personality even more.

So, you know, just as a fan of his, I cannot wait to see Thor: Love and Thunder. And they’re actually shooting back-to-back with us, in Sydney. They’re moving into our studio space literally as soon as we finish, so that’ll be really cool. Hopefully, we’ll get to hang out a little bit.

Thor: Love and Thunder brings back Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster with a story that sees her become the Mighty Thor. Ragnarok newcomers Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi) return as well very likely alongside Loki who first returns with a Disney+ solo miniseries thanks to multiverse story setup in Avengers: Endgame.

As for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, this solo debut origin story pays off the story of the Ten Rings and the “real” Mandarin as introduced in the Iron Man movies. We expect Shang-Chi to be a core part of the Avengers in the long-term.

Next: Marvel Is Debating Keeping Thor Fat In Love & Thunder


2019-11-10 01:11:45

Rob Keyes

Thor: Love & Thunder Will Double Down On Ragnarok Craziness

Taika Waititi says Thor: Love and Thunder will double down on the craziness that he brought to Thor: Ragnarok. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has become much more popular with fans over the last few years thanks to his prominent roles in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, but the reinvention of the character began under Waititi’s guidance. He largely ditched the Shakesperean approach to the character in Ragnarok in order to take advantage of Hemsworth’s comedic abilities.

In doing so, Thor has become a much more beloved MCU character than he was before and reinvigorated Hemsworth’s own interest in sticking around. Unlike Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans (who moved on from the MCU following Endgame), Hemsworth signed back up for a fourth solo film. Waititi is writing and directing Thor: Love and Thunder, which will see Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) return and bring Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) back into the fold as she becomes Mighty Thor.

Related: Jane Foster Can’t Become Thor The Way Marvel Fans Think

Waititi recently spoke to Wired as part of the press tour for his new film Jojo Rabbit and was asked about his plans for Thor: Love and Thunder. Waititi has finished a version of the script for the film, but he’s been reluctant to reveal too many details about it at this point. What he would confirm, though, is that he plans to lean even harder into the weirdness that Ragnarok included.

It’s going to be bigger and louder and more bombastic. It’s only interesting to me if we’re doubling down on how nuts Ragnarok was.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that this is Waititi’s mindset when it comes to Thor: Love and Thunder. During press for Ragnarok, he told Screen Rant that he wanted to make Thor: Ragnarok 2 and not Thor 4, showing a clear divide in his mind between his reinvention of the franchise and what came before. It is unlikely he would’ve returned if Marvel Studios wasn’t going to allow him to continue what he started.

Waititi also has a very specific style and tone to his films that he brought to Ragnarok, and with that film earning great reviews and performing well at the box office, it would be incredibly strange if Waititi was returning to do anything but double-down on what worked. This mindset for Waititi is undoubtedly exciting news for fans of Thor: Ragnarok, but it could make those who are a bit more critical of the film’s balance of stakes/emotion and humor concerned that the same could be true of Thor: Love and Thunder.

It remains to be seen how exactly Waititi plans to top the craziness of Ragnarok in Love and Thunder though. Waititi has said that they’re still figuring out if Thor will keep his larger figure from Endgame in the sequel. Meanwhile, he’s teased that the movie may adapt Jane’s breast cancer storyline from the comics in her MCU return. With production slated to begin next year, it won’t be too long before we start to learn more about Waititi’s bigger plans for Thor: Love and Thunder.

MORE: Other Versions Of Thor That Can Appear In Love & Thunder

Source: Wired


2019-10-25 03:10:52

Cooper Hood

Thor & She-Hulk Finally Join Forces To Thunder SMASH

Warning: SPOILERS for Avengers #24

A superhero’s signature move may be popular, but combining the gifts of two heroes into one, tag team attack? There’s nothing better. Whether it’s Captain America deflecting Iron Man’s projectors in The Avengers, or Colossus and Wolverine’s famous ‘Fastball Special,’ it’s a level of teamwork rivaled only by its pure badassery. Now, a new tag team move has joined the ranks to form a more natural duo than fans might thinnk: the mighty She-Hulk and the slightly less mighty Thor.

In Marvel’s current Avengers series, She-Hulk and Thor have tried to take their working relationship to a more… personal level. While there was no real spark between the two heroes beyond their comparable strength, they did become close friends. Now their mutual love of vanquishing their foes has produced an attack like none before: The Thunder Smash.

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Jennifer Walters has regressed to a more ‘savage Hulk’ state since she suffered brain trauma during the events of Civil War II.  Add in the blood of a god to battle a Dark Celestial, and She-Hulk’s powers have amplified, with the ability to release her increased levels of gamma radiation in explosive ways (gone are the days of a green lawyer practicing law). It appears Thor has been helping her learn to control her new self, and coming up with new some new moves in the process…

Convenient for the duo, and no shock to the reader, a new threat is attacking the Avengers home base of Avengers Mountain. After the team attempted an exorcism of Ghost Rider’s hell-Charger, and Robbie Reyes is transported down into Johnny Blaze’s own realm, Avengers Mountain becomes possessed by an evil spirit. Since ‘Avengers Mountain’ is the name the heroes use for living inside the dead body of a Celestial… that’s a serious problem.

The evil spirit reeking havoc on Avengers Mountain is eventually revealed to be the future Frank Castle a.k.a. the Cosmic Ghost Rider. The two on one battle between the three results in Frank beating She-Hulk with his own skull and seemingly gaining the upper hand. Realizing they need to pull out the big guns to take on this threat, She-Hulk grabs Thor by the shoulders to let him know it’s time to unleash the special attack they’ve been training at for week. With a grunt of Thunder Smash!” the duo show readers an attack that puts all others before it to shame.

She-Hulk describes it as the combination of “a few bombs’ worth of pure Hulk energy” channelled into the god of thunder’s own ability to project lightning. The result is radioactive Gamma Lightning, capable of knocking the Cosmic Ghost Rider flast on his back. Marvel has recently announced She-Hulk is getting a Disney+ series, and with Thor still going strong his way to the MCU’s Thor: Love and Thunder, we can only hope the MCU gives fans a chance to see this attack on the big screen. Until then, fans have the comics to tide them over.

  • AVENGERS #24
  • Written by: Jason Aaron
  • Art by: Stefano Caselli, Luciano Vecchio
  • Cover Art by: Stefano Caselli
  • THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS!If the Avengers thought one Ghost Rider was tough to deal with, wait’ll they see how many Spirits of Vengeance have just been unleashed by the King of Hell, Johnny Blaze! Including the craziest, most powerful Rider of them all… That’s right, it’s the Avengers vs. Cosmic Ghost Rider!

Avengers #24 is available now at your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.

Next: Marvel’s Most Powerful Avenger Has Finally Returned


2019-09-25 07:09:40

Kirk Smith

Thor: Love And Thunder – 10 Ragnarok Characters We Want To See Return

Most fans don’t consider the Thor solo series from the MCU to be a complete whole. They mostly disregard his first two standalone movies and see Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok – which drastically changed the tone of the character and his stories – as the beginning of a new one.

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It’s not that Ragnarok ignored the events of the previous two films (they heavily informed its plot, actually), but it feels like its own beast, and with Waititi being hired to come back and direct the fourth one, Love and Thunder, it seems as though this series will stand on its own. Here are 10 Thor: Ragnarok Characters We Want To See Return In Love And Thunder.

10 The Grandmaster

Fans were relieved in the post-credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok to find that Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster character was still alive. He was surrounded by his liberated subjects on Sakaar, who were probably about to brutally slaughter him, but as long as he’s alive in the MCU canon, Taika Waititi can find a way to get him into the plot of Love and Thunder.

Goldblum won over fans immediately with his eccentric, flamboyant portrayal of the Grandmaster and he clearly relished the opportunity to play such an extroverted, self-justifying villain, so no one would object to his return in the next movie.

9 Loki

Ever since he disappeared into another timeline with the Space Stone in Avengers: Endgame, MCU fans have been dying to see what happened to Loki. They will have all their questions answered in his upcoming six-episode series on Disney+, but it would be great to see him in Thor: Love and Thunder, too.

The strength of Loki’s character has always been his complex love-hate relationship with Thor. Kevin Feige has been stressing that those streaming shows will link very closely with the films, so maybe there’s hope that Loki’s Disney+ series will lead him into an appearance in Love and Thunder.

8 The Hulk

It remains unclear exactly what the Hulk’s future in the MCU will be, since his character arc came to a pretty natural conclusion in Avengers: Endgame. Bruce Banner and the Hulk merged in a gamma radiation chamber (or something – he explained it very quickly) and he emerged as “Smart Hulk,” who has the best qualities of both.

RELATED: 10 Times Hulk’s Characterization Completely Changed In The MCU

Banner built strong relationships with Thor and Valkyrie in Ragnarok that we haven’t seen followed up yet, save for Valkyrie telling Smart Hulk, “I think I preferred you either of the other ways,” so maybe an appearance in Love and Thunder is in order.

7 Skurge

Skurge is better known by the supervillain alter ego “the Executioner,” a name that he was given by Hela when she first recruited him to join her evil squad in Thor: Ragnarok, and he was played brilliantly by Karl Urban.

What made him stand out in Ragnarok was the fact that he wielded a pair of M16 automatic rifles he acquired in “Tex-ass.” Urban is an underrated actor who should be a bigger star than he is, and although Skurge died during his heroic redemption in Ragnarok, it would be great if the New Asgardians can find a way to resurrect him.

6 Doctor Strange

Thor and Doctor Strange didn’t get a chance to talk during the events of Infinity War or Endgame – they were on different planets in the former and the Sorcerer Supreme was busy fending off a tidal wave in the latter – but they developed a bond in Thor: Ragnarok.

The God of Thunder stopped by the Sanctum Sanctorum to see if Strange could help him track down his father. Not only did Strange manage to do this; he gave Thor a beer to knock back while he was waiting. These two understand each other, since they’re both magical figures, so it would be great to see them on-screen together again.

5 Hela

Cate Blanchett has been hinting at a possible MCU return for Hela in recent weeks as the deals for Thor: Love and Thunder have been coming together. Thor’s evil half-sister seemed to die along with Asgard at the end of Ragnarok, but as we should all know by now, no one is really dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (except for Iron Man – he doesn’t seem to be coming back – but even Black Widow is about to get her own movie).

Blanchett relished the opportunity to play a classical villain in the mold of Maleficent or Cruella de Vil, so she’d probably be more than willing to come back.

4 Fandral

It seems unlikely that Shazam!’s Zachary Levi will want to return to his MCU role as Fandral in Thor: Love and Thunder now that he’s one of the DCEU’s most beloved stars.

However, there is a slim chance that he will want to come back if he’s given the larger role he deserves – at one point, Levi was eager to do a Warriors Three trilogy of MCU spin-offs – and if there’s one thing that Taika Waititi is great at doing, as evidenced by Ragnarok (although that movie only gave Fandral a cameo role), it’s taking characters that were marginalized or mischaracterized by earlier MCU movies and giving them a makeover.

3 Heimdall

The last time we saw Heimdall, he was resurrecting the Hulk and sending him to Earth before getting murdered by Thanos, who then declared, “No resurrections this time.” So, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever be meeting Idris Elba’s all-seeing Bifrost-protecting Asgardian badass again.

RELATED: Thor: 10 Fan Theories About Chris Hemsworth’s Role In Love And Thunder

However, Elba was always woefully underused and fans were really taken with that character (he was one of the few good things about Thor: The Dark World), so if there is a way to bring him back, Taika Waititi should consider it. Heimdall was Thor’s best friend, after all, so he’d be more than willing to do whatever it would take to bring him back to life.

2 Valkyrie

This one is actually confirmed to return. And not only that, she’s promised a huge role in the plot. After Thor passed on the title of King of New Asgard to Valkyrie at the end of Avengers: Endgame, she will spend Thor: Love and Thunder searching high and low for a queen to rule alongside her.

Tessa Thompson made such an impression on fans with just one appearance in Ragnarok that there was mass disappointment when she was nowhere to be seen in Avengers: Infinity War. Thankfully, Marvel rectified this by having her ride a Pegasus and kick serious ass in the final battle of Endgame. It was a no-brainer for her to return in Love and Thunder.

1 Korg

With Taika Waititi back at the helm and the character he plays more popular than ever, it would be very surprising if Korg didn’t make an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder. When we caught up with him in Avengers: Endgame, he was crashing on Thor’s couch in New Asgard and spending his days playing Fortnite.

Thor is off on cosmic adventures with the Guardians of the Galaxy (which we have to assume will get picked up in Love and Thunder), so we might not see much banter between him and Korg, but he could contribute to Valkyrie’s love-seeking storyline as a supporting player.

NEXT: Korg’s 10 Funniest Quotes In The MCU


2019-08-24 03:08:55

Ben Sherlock

Loki TV Show Details Reveal How It Connects To Thor: Love & Thunder

The latest reports suggest that Marvel’s Loki series, which will premiere on Disney+ in spring 2021, will directly set up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige officially announced the launch of a range of Marvel TV shows that will be exclusive to the Disney+ streaming service. These feature Marvel stars from the big screen, and they’re set to tie directly into the movies themselves.

One of the most exciting prospects is Loki, which will see Tom Hiddleston reprise the role of the Trickster God. Avengers: Endgame raised the possibility of Loki’s return, with the Avengers unwittingly creating a timeline in which Loki absconded with the Tesseract in 2012. With the MCU set to embrace the Multiverse, it’s generally thought the Loki of 2012 could eventually make his way into the main timeline.

Related: Marvel Is Bringing Back The Best Loki

The latest reports from FandomWire suggest that these theories are true. The site has acquired a new production logline for the Loki show, which reads: “[Loki] follows Loki after the events in Avengers: Endgame as the trickster uses the power of the Tesseract to travel throughout human history and change historical events.” According to their sources, Loki’s adventures will end with him emerging in the mainstream MCU – and he’ll somehow bring Mjolnir with him, explaining how Jane Foster is able to become the Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.

It’s worth noting that, at this stage, these reports are still unconfirmed. FandomWire has a mixed reputation, but it’s been improving as of late; they proved right about Black Lightning’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” appearance, for example. What’s more, this idea matches with the little that’s known of the Loki TV series, which is confirmed to feature time travel. It also dovetails perfectly with the MCU’s overarching narrative, with the Multiverse increasing in importance and the prospect of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster becoming the female Thor.

But just how does Loki use the Space Stone to travel in time? That’s traditionally the province of the Time Stone. A possible solution lies in quantum physics, which argues that time and space are interwoven; if you affect one, then you affect the other. It’s possible Loki will figure out how to manipulate spacetime itself with the Tesseract. If this is indeed how Loki travels through time, then presumably he’ll arrive in the regular timeline by using the Tesseract as well. That means one of the Infinity Stones could be back in action too.

The prospect of an Infinity Stone’s return is far less exciting than the idea Loki will bring Mjolnir with him, of course. Presumably this won’t be because he’s managed to break the enchantment and lift the hammer; instead, it’s more likely he opens a wormhole in Mjolnir’s way, or else that an alt-reality Thor unwittingly tosses Mjolnir through a portal. If the latter is the case, then it may well mean Chris Hemsworth is set to have a role in Loki as well.

More: Thor: Love & Thunder’s Villain Should Be Marvel’s Enchantress

Source: FandomWire


2019-08-11 04:08:25

Thomas Bacon

Thor: Love & Thunder Script Done, Starts Production In Early 2020

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder already has a completed script from writer-director Taika Waititi ahead of production getting started on the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in early 2020. Chris Hemsworth has been a leading star of the MCU since debuting as the God of Thunder in 2011’s Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh. In the years since, Hemsworth suited up alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in all four installments of The Avengers series and two more entries of his solo film series. Now, though fellow heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) have wrapped up their stories, Thor continues on.

The Avengers: Endgame ending saw Thor join the Guardians of the Galaxy after teaming up with them in Avengers: Infinity War, leaving Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) as king of New Asgard on Earth. It was unclear what would become of Thor, if he’d get anymore solo movies or return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The God of Thunder’s future became clearer when Thor: Love and Thunder was confirmed for a 2021 release date during Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Making the annoucement was Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, returning Thor: Ragnarok director Waititi, Hemsworth and Thompson – along with a surprise appearance from Natalie Portman. Now, a new update on the movie reveals how far along Thor: Love and Thunder truly is.

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According to the Deadline report on Waititi’s new movie project, the writer-director already has a completed script for Thor: Love and Thunder, which makes sense as the movie is scheduled to begin production in early 2020. That leaves Waititi with the rest of 2019 to promote his next film, Jojo Rabbit, then shoot his recently announced movie, Next Goal Wins, before getting started on Thor 4 early next year.

When Thor: Ragnarok hit theaters in 2017, it was a critical and financial success for Marvel Studios, making it a no brainer to bring Waititi back for Thor 4. It seems both Marvel and Waititi knew he’d be returning for another Thor film long before fans did, if the writer-director already has a finished script. Certainly, considering how soon Thor: Love and Thunder and the rest of MCU Phase 4 will release, Marvel Studios has no doubt been working on all the planned movies and TV shows for quite some time now. It should come as no surprise to fans that projects like Thor: Love and Thunder were developed in secret, especially considering Marvel Studios keeps much of its plans under wraps.

Still, this latest update on Thor: Love and Thunder serves as a reminder that Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 will release quickly over the next two years. Even though Thor 4 is the last film in Phase 4 and won’t hit theaters until late 2021, production will ramp up at the start of next year. That’s sure to excite fans, who are no doubt looking forward to seeing Portman’s Jane Foster suit up as Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder. With production beginning in early 2020, fans may get a look at Portman in costume as Thor soon enough, which will drum up even more anticipation for Thor: Love and Thunder ahead of its 2021 release.

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Source: Deadline


2019-08-09 12:08:12

Molly Freeman

Thor: Love & Thunder Fan Poster Puts Jane Foster Front & Center

Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is front and center as Mighty Thor in a new fan-made poster for Thor: Love and Thunder. Marvel Studios recently confirmed their plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at their Hall H panel during San Diego Comic-Con, and the continuation of the Thor franchise was announced as the final film in the two-year stretch. It was also announced that Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi would return to write and direct the film as well.

The return of Waititi was expected following the success of Thor: Ragnarok and the director’s innate ability to breathe new, and incredibly comedic, life into the franchise. Thor: Love and Thunder will also see Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson return as Thor Odinson and Valkyrie, respectively. Their appearances were very likely too, but the official cast announcement at SDCC did include the surprise return of Portman as Thor’s former love interest, who was bestowed with his mighty hammer Mjolnir after crossing the stage. It’s been six years to this point since Foster was on the big screen in the MCU, and she’ll be worthy when she does return in 2021.

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Jane’s transformation into Mighty Thor is something that has only increased interest in Thor: Love and Thunder. Since the movie is still a few years away, though, it will be a while before Marvel Studios starts their official marketing push for it. Thankfully, fan artist BossLogic has designed a great poster in the meantime that puts Jane front and center as she transitions into the Mighty Thor. Check it out below:

Thor’s new look from Avengers: Endgame is in the background on the left while Valkyrie takes up the bottom right corner, but it’s Jane who receives the bulk of the space here. Jane in her Mighty Thor look may be expected by most based on the recent announcement, but her bald look on the right may not be as clear. Jane becoming Mighty Thor is based on a comic series by Jason Aaron where her worthiness is first revealed. Unfortunately, it comes after she is diagnosed with cancer and begins chemotherapy. Jane’s newfound powers put her in a difficult position, as the medicine in her body trying to beat the cancer is removed each time she makes the transformation.

Waititi has confirmed that Jason Aaron’s run is what gave him this idea to cover the transformation of Jane into Thor in the MCU, so it should be expected that an arc similar to the comic is what’s in store for her. Portman has also started to research her role as Mighty Thor by reading Aaron’s comics as well. Beyond Jane becoming Mighty Thor, not much else is known about what the story of Thor: Love and Thunder will be. Waititi has finished the script already ahead of filming, which is set to begin next year. Thankfully, Marvel fans may not have to wait too long before more details on Thor: Love and Thunder are revealed.

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Source: BossLogic



2019-08-09 06:08:22

Cooper Hood