Thor: Love and Thunder has a lot to live up to. Not only is Thor the first Marvel character to get a fourth movie, but director Taika Waititi has already promised a lot.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor gave up his crown. Instead, Valkyrie is now the ruler of Asgard, or, at least, New Asgard, anyway. And with Love and Thunder, it looks like Thor is also set to lose the mantle of being Asgard’s protector, also.
Taika Waititi has revealed that Natalie Portman will be returning for this fourth installment. Portman played Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, in the first two movies.
However, her role is set to be expanded considerably and she is going to take up the mantle of Asgard’s protector. If Valkyrie is the ruler and Jane is the protector, where does that leave Thor? Well, potentially, out of the franchise.
We can assume Love and Thunder will feature Thor training up Jane and helping Valkyrie get to grips with the ruling. After his purpose is fulfilled, it’s likely Thor won’t be needed anymore and Chris Hemsworth can move onto other projects, like Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans now can.
If this truly is Hemsworth’s final outing, it could open up a lot of new possibilities within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Inverse‘s theory, Avengers 5 will probably feature a whole new roster of superheroes. It goes on to suggest that it will more than likely adopt the Secret Wars arc from the comics. This storyline sees Jane Foster’s iteration of the Mighty Thor to help out the Avengers in saving the Multiverse.
Now, the Secret Wars arc is something directors Anthony and Joe Russo have expressed great interest in adapting. It would be the perfect story to bring them back into the MCU.
It also bears an extraordinarily obvious title – Avengers: Secret Wars.