A violent villain, Guardians of the Galaxy, a long-awaited ally and ghost: as filming begins, find out which characters are confirmed around Thor in “Love and Thunder”.
While WandaVision has launched Phase IV of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the small screen, feature films are still long overdue, as Black Widow, due to kick off, will arrive a year late at best. But the Maison des Idées is active behind the scenes. Like Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 before him, and to name a few more recent ones, Thor – Love and Thunder is entering filming in Australia, as has ad its main performer Chris Hemsworth. The latter will also be well surrounded in this film that noise from the corridors describe as an equivalent of the Avengers, which will bring together several superheroes.
While several names have circulated without it being official (the returns of Jeff Goldblum and Matt Damon in particular), here are the characters whose presence has already been confirmed in Taika Waititi’s film expected on May 4, 2022 on our screens.
THOR (CHRIS HEMSWORTH)
Necessarily. Because despite the important casting announced, Love and Thunder is presented as the fourth installment of the Thor franchise worn by Chris Hemsworth, who will sign his eighth appearance in a film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the ninth even, if we count his presence in Doctor Strange’s post-credits scene, actually from a Ragnarok sequence). Unlike Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans (who may be reconsider) or Scarlett Johansson, once Black Widow is released, the Australian actor isn’t planning on resting his hammer anytime soon. But one wonders what his role in the plot will be now that he has left his realm of Asgard relocated to Earth.
JANE FOSTER (NATALIE PORTMAN)
She was said to be angry with Marvel Studios, furious to have seen Patty Jenkins leave during the pre-production of Thor – The Dark World (which she was initially supposed to direct) without being able to follow her, for contract reasons. A quarrel that his absence in Ragnarok seemed to confirm, but it must be believed that things have been arranged with Natalie Portman, since Jane Foster will be back in Love and Thunder, and undoubtedly involved in the two elements of the title: love already , through his relationship with Thor, which we imagine undermined by all these years of estrangement; and the thunder since the feature film will be inspired by comic books published since 2014 in which the young woman inherits the powers of the God from Asgard. A handover teased at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2019, where the actress seized the hammer Mjölnir.
VALKYRIE (TESSA THOMPSON)
She arrived along the way but it didn’t take long for her to make an impression with her blend of power and cool demeanor. The warrior Valkyrie will therefore be back, still in the guise of Tessa Thompson, with a new status: that of sovereign of Asgard since Thor gave her his title at the end of Avengers Endgame to better explore the universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And she should also be concerned with the love part of the title. In June 2019, the actress announced that her character, who became king, would have to “Finding her new queen. So this will be her first subject, and she has some ideas …” What if the lucky one was also one of the ghosts of the saga?
LADY SIF (JAIMIE ALEXANDER)
Restrained by the filming of Blindspot, Jaimie Alexander could not appear in Thor Ragnarok. Which may have saved his character of Lady Sif, because the hero’s other companions had all been quickly slaughtered by Hela (Cate Blanchett) and her henchman Skurge (Karl Urban). The finale of her series having been broadcast on July 23, 2020 in the United States, the actress will therefore be able to return to the Marvel universe. But the content of her role in the plot has not been specified: will it be a small appearance, or will it be brought to intervene in a more important way? For example, will there be a rivalry between Jane Foster and her in the heart of Odin’s son? Or will she be the future queen of Valkyrie?
GORR (CHRISTIAN BALE)
For the moment, he is the only newcomer to the cast. But his arrival is likely to cause a lot of noise: because it is the return of Christian Bale in the universe of superheroes, ten years after the end of the saga The Dark Knight of Christopher Nolan, and because his character villain is nicknamed “the Slayer of Gods”. Millennia old, he masters various forms of combat and can thus stand up to any deity, with the Necrolame, his weapon of choice. In the comic books, where he appeared in 2013, this alien managed to capture Thor, in order to express his taste for murder and torture, and it is perhaps this event that will lead Jane Foster to recover the powers of the hero. And thus offer us a muscular reunion between Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, very far from the aerial atmosphere of Terrence Malick, who had directed them in Knight of Cups a few years ago.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
At the end of Avengers Endgame, Thor gave the kingdom of Asgard to Valkyrie to fly away with the Guardians of the Galaxy, renaming their small group. “Asgardians of the Galaxy” in passing. Merry accomplices that we will find in Love and Thunder, since the characters launched by James Gunn on the big screen will also be back: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is the first to be confirmed, followed by Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel ). Then Dave Bautista (Drax) and Karen Gillan (Nebula) were seen in Australia in the same place as Chris Hemsworth, before the actress confirms the reasons for her presence there by explaining to have cut her hair to be able to put on again the fake bald head of his character.
Interpreter of Mantis, the French-speaking Pom Klementieff will also be there, and it is the director Taika Waititi who confirmed it as a commenter “Hurry up” under a post Instagram on which the actress made it very clear that she was going (or was already?) in Australia, with a koala toy holding the country’s flag. Missing at the end of Avengers Endgame, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) should not be present, to better make his return in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, scheduled for 2023. And for the moment, only the presence of Rocket Raccoon ( voiced by Bradley Cooper) has not been confirmed, but his absence would be surprising given the shock duo he formed with Thor in Infinity War.
As with Lady Sif, the question of their importance in the narrative arises, and logic would dictate that the Guardians are present at the beginning, to make the transition with the end of Endgame. And maybe allow Gorr to intervene in the plot. Because it could be during one of his trips with his new companions that Thor finds the Slayer of Gods on his way.
KORG (TAIKA WAITITI)
Like Jon Favreau in the first two Iron Man, or Joe Russo in Captain America – The Winter Soldier, Civil War then Avengers Endgame, Taika Waititi is one of those MCU directors who can be found both behind and in front. the camera in their own films. Because it is the director who played the rocky Korg in motion capture in Thor Ragnarok. Also seen in Endgame, in the hero’s roommate, he will reprise his role in Love and Thunder. And we hope that his friend, the giant insect Miek, will also be present on May 4, 2022 on our screens.
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