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Thor 4: Release Date, Cast, MCU Connections & Everything We Know So Far About ‘Love and Thunder

Thor is doing something not even Iron Man and Steve Rogers have accomplished – getting a fourth movie. We last saw Thor save the universe from destruction in Avengers: Endgame and later blasting off into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy. His next film, Thor: Love and Thunder, is the latest installment in the Thor franchise and will feature a host of Marvel characters, old and new. But how much do we know about Thor 4? Well, let’s find out!

When Will We See a Thor 4 Trailer?

The movie finished filming in May 2021 and is currently in post-production. We might see a teaser trailer with the release of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in September 2021, but with five other Marvel films set to hit theaters before Thor: Love and Thunder, we could be waiting a while.

When Is Thor: Love and Thunder’s Release Date?

During the project’s announcement at San-Diego Comic-Con in 2019, the film was slated for release on November 5th, 2021. Of course, the pandemic caused Marvel to shift its entire schedule, so the current Thor 4 release date is now May 5, 2022.

Marvel Studios usually places their biggest films in that early May slot. We’ve had all of the Avengers films and the Iron Man and Captain America sequels released in late April or early May. Will Thor 4 be Marvel’s next event film? That has not been officially confirmed, but history would tell us yes.

Who Is (and Is Not) in Thor: Love and Thunder?

Russell Crowe is set to make his MCU debut as the god Zeus! Crowe’s character would mark the first appearance of Greek mythology in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also know that Christian Bale is playing the film’s villain, Gorr The God Butcher. A character who, like his name implies, is on a mission to fight the gods. Will Thor, Zeus, and other gods have to team up to stop Gorr? We’ll just have to wait and see.

We also learned that Tom Hiddleston would not be returning as Loki. The character was killed off in Avengers: Infinity War by the Mad Titan Thanos. So while Hiddleston is playing a different version of Loki in his own Disney+ series, he’ll likely never cross paths with this version of Thor again, which is a little disappointing. But if Hiddleston isn’t returning, who is?

Who Is Returning for Thor 4?

The Thor 4 cast is stacked with tons of talented actors. We, of course, have Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor Odinson and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Taika Waititi (Korg) reprising their roles from Thor: Ragnarok. Jaime Alexander (Lady Sif) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) are also returning to the film. There are rumors of the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy making appearances. It makes sense, considering Thor is with them at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but it has not been confirmed.

Matt Damon will be making an appearance in this film as well. He had a brief cameo in Thor: Ragnarok where he played an Asgardian actor portraying Loki in a stageplay. As of now, we don’t know if he is reprising the same role or playing a different character entirely.

Lastly, we have Natalie Portman making her return to the MCU. She hasn’t been featured in the MCU since Thor: The Dark World, and this time she is wielding Mjolnir. Director Taika Waititi confirmed that Portman would become the Mighty Thor in the upcoming film. How is this possible, and what does it mean for the film’s story?

What Is the Plot of Thor: Love and Thunder?

Thor 4 will pick up where we last saw our favorite Asgardian. He’s traveling the cosmos with the Guardians of the Galaxy and left Valkyrie as the King of Asgard. We don’t know much about the actual story of Thor: Love and Thunder, but we know that Natalie Portman is returning to the franchise as the Mighty Thor. In the comics, Jane Foster is battling cancer while also being a superhero with the help of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.

Portman has confirmed that the film will tackle this storyline in the movie and that she will indeed receive the power of the gods. Like most Marvel films, this likely won’t be a direct adaptation but will definitely draw inspiration from Jason Aaron’s comic book run on Thor.

Waititi said during Comic-Con: “When we were shooting Ragnarok, I was reading one storyline by Jason Aaron, The Mighty Thor… And for those of you who know that storyline, it’s incredible, it’s full of emotion, love, and thunder, and it introduces, for the first time, female Thor. So, for us, there’s only one person who could play that role. Only one.”

Aaron’s run on Thor lasted seven years and featured iconic storylines like The God Butcher and the Mighty Thor. Both are characters that will be significant players in Love and Thunder.

Waititi confirmed that this film will be: “The craziest thing I’ve ever done.” He went on to add: “I definitely feel like we put everything – every idea and every single ridiculous concept or gag or stunt or character – into this film. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

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Thor 4: Love and Thunder Streaming Release Date: May 6, 2022

That March, Vin Diesel revealed the Guardians of the Galaxy will make some sort of appearance – which we’ve always assumed would be the case – but the addition of Chris Pratt to the cast, announced in November of 2020, confirmed the Guardians will be along for the ride. Production began in early 2021 with all manner of Guardians characters reportedly spotted on set and Jaimie Alexander said to be returning as Lady Sif, who must have been away from Asgard during the events of Ragnarok. In April of 2021, Russell Crowe seemingly confirmed he is playing Olympian god Zeus during a radio call-in show. In June of 2021, Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram to share a photo of himself and Taika Waititi, in costume and on set, to announce that filming had officially wrapped on Love and Thunder.

Eternals streaming Release Date: November 5, 2021

The film will center on an Eternal named Sersi (Gemma Chan) with the powers of flight, strength, immortality, and molecular manipulation. Confirmed cast members include Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman – a.k.a. the Black Knight. The film will also feature Marvel’s first real attempt at including gay characters, as Henry’s Phastos will reportedly be married to a man and raising a child alongside him. After initially losing its November 2020 slot to Black Widow, Disney moved the film to November 5, 2021 during a restructuring of its release calendar in September of 2020. In late May, Marvel finally released a teaser for the film indicating the Eternals have been present throughout human history despite, apparently, not lifting a finger during recent worldwide calamities, and in August, a final trailer offered further clarity on that decision not to interfere, as well as the first look at the Eternals’ adversaries, the Deviants.

Venom 2 – La furia di Carnage Streaming Release Date: September 24, 2021

The ending of Venom: Let There Be Carnage shows Eddie and venom being transported to the MCU through mysterious means, but does that mean Marvel and Disney have required Sony’s film rights for the character? Marvel’s movie rights are a complicated web of licensing deals that can be difficult to decipher, and while most of the major Avengers characters now exist under the Disney umbrella, a few still lie with Sony. But how exactly do Sony’s rights for Venom, Carnage, and their other characters work, and what does it mean for the future of the MCU?