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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: Everything you need to know

Natalie Portman will not only reprise her role as Jane Foster in ‘Love and Thunder’, but will become a new female Thor.

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Thor: Love and Thunder will see Australian actor Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor for the fourth instalment of the movie franchise. It will be written and directed by Taika Waititi, who also wrote Thor: Ragnarok.

The new film will include a host of other familiar faces from the Marvel Universe.

FILMING TO START IN JANUARY 2021

Hemsworth has said Thor: Love and Thunder will begin filming in January 2021.The release date for the film has been set for 11 February 2022.

Waititi hosted a live watch-along event for Thor: Ragnarok via Instagram, which featured virtual visits from Ragnarok actors Tessa Thompson and Mark Ruffalo. The session also included interesting details shared by the filmmaker.

The cosmic hero, known as Silver Surfer, will not be appearing in the new film.

Waititi described Thor: Love and Thunder as “like 10-year-olds told us what should be in a movie and we said yes to every single thing”.

“I think it’s going to be really good. We’ve finished, we’ve been writing the script off-and-on for over a year and I’m just, actually this week, doing another pass on it.

“It is so insane and also very romantic. I’m into romances now. I just want to make a romance.

“I want to make something that I’ve never done or never cared for. I would like to attack something like that,” Waititi added.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor in ‘Thor Ragnarok’. The new ‘Thor’ film is in pre-production. Image: Supplied

‘BATMAN’ HIMSELF TO PLAY THE VILLAIN

In early January, an unconfirmed report indicated that Batman himself, Christian Bale, was the leading contender to play an important, unidentified role in Thor: Love and Thunder.

That report was later confirmed by Marvel actress Tessa Thompson, who indicated Bale was indeed in talks to play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.

NEW FEMALE THOR COMING

At Marvel’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, the studio revealed that Portman would not only reprise her role as Jane Foster in Love and Thunder, but would also become a new, female Thor.

Portman made a surprise appearance on stage during the event to announce her return to the role. Her last featured role was in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World.

VALKRYIE’S SEARCH FOR A PARTNER

Hemsworth won’t be the only prominent Asgardian featured in the new film. It will reportedly feature Valkyrie’s search for a partner to rule Asgard beside her after having been given the throne in Endgame.

Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s third solo adventure, charmed audiences with its mix of humour, action, and colourful, inspired production design. Thor: Ragnarok was a huge box-office success, and helped pave the way for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

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Chris Hemsworth is by no means ready to hang up Thor’s hammer. Image: AFP Forum

THE STORY SO FAR

We last saw Thor at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, when the thunder god headed into space alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, his shiny new axe in hand.

It is not clear if the highly anticipated “Asgardians of the Galaxy” team-up will continue, or if Thor and the Guardians will go their separate ways for their respective sequels.

Reports so far suggest that Thor: Love and Thunder might actually shift its focus to the characters around Hemsworth’s Thor, with Jane (Portman) inheriting the “Mighty Thor” mantle and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) serving as the ruler of Asgard.

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