Three years, six Disney+ shows, and five theatrical movies later, Marvel fans are at long last going to catch up with Thor Odinson in Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder. While it's true that promotion for Thor 4 has quite recently started, what the studio has uncovered up to this point has been shockingly uncovering, especially regarding the present status of Chris Hemsworth's Thor and the arrival of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster as Mighty Thor.
For example, in the first trailer, audiences discover that Thor is doing a touch of soul searching and conceivably nearly retirement. The teaser finished with a first look stinger of Jane as Mighty Thor, using a reforged Mjolnir.
While Thor 4's recently premiered second trailer showed a greater amount of Hemsworth's Thor in action, the equivalent can be said for Jane and her new strong persona.
Due to these reveals and the way that Love and Thunder is Hemsworth's fourth MCU solo film, fans have addressed whether Natalie Portman will be the MCU's new Thor pushing ahead. Furthermore, since the second trailer dropped, director Taika Waititi shared his contemplations on the hypothesis.
Marvel Director Responds to Portman Replacing Hemsworth's Thor
In an interview with Total Film, Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi answered the fan hypothesis that Natalie Portman is replacing Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder, saying "I don't think that's the case:"
“And also, it’s really fun, the idea that Thor [has] got Stormbreaker, that big ax, and now his hammer’s back and it’s in the hands of someone else. It’s no longer his hammer. It’s the idea that someone’s taking his place. I think a lot of fans are gonna potentially assume, ‘Oh, OK, this is the passing on of the torch’... I’m not privy to any plans Marvel has for the future, but I don’t think that’s the case.”
Notwithstanding Thor examining another way for him and Jane to use Mjolnir, the film's second trailer showed a second where Thor goes after Mjnolir, just to have it rocket once more into Jane's grip.
Because of this specific decision of symbolism, combined with Disney+ passing the mantle onto new legends like Sam Wilson and Hawkeye's Kate Bishop, audience questions encompassing Hemsworth's future as Thor Odinson are justifiable.
In any case, Waititi's remarks likewise support past explanations from Hemsworth who claims Thor is still excessively youthful for retirement.
Waititi likewise answered inquiries regarding Thor 4's comic book motivations, affirming that the film sticks "pretty closely to Jane's storyline" from Jason Aaron's The Mighty Thor comics and that "we're trying to take the best parts of that:"
“We stick pretty closely to Jane’s storyline, and what happened to Jane... because that was such an influence on the film. We’re trying to take the best parts of that.”
While the MCU has consistently inclined more into comic book adaption than imitation, it's significant that in Jason Aaron's storyline, Jane is determined to have cancer. While the hammer keeps her alive, it likewise speeds up her condition; and the explanation she decided to get Mjolnir in the first place was because of Thor's absence on Earth.
Will Thor Be the Last OG Avenger?
Director Taika Waititi confirming that the film follows "pretty closely to Jane's storylines" enlightens audiences a great deal regarding what Thor 4 has coming up.
Assuming Love and Thunder's Jane likewise got the hammer because of Thor's absence and to her own drawback, that implies the God of Thunder's soul-searching detour had outcomes, and this courageous woman is confronting high stakes apart from Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher.
Furthermore, while Waititi's remarks uncover that Hemsworth's Thor isn't going out the door, it seems like Jane replaces him in a sense on Midgard. That ought to make things fascinating for when the film visits New Asgard, which has been present in the two trailers up to this point.
It's actually significant that, since Thor isn't being replaced in the MCU, he's one of the last original Avengers who is as yet active in Marvel's Phase 4. Since Hawkeye has apparently passed on his mantle, Bruce Banner's Hulk is one of the only other superheroes from that 2012 roster who's still active.
Notwithstanding, assuming that Banner winds up giving the stick to Jennifer Walter's She-Hulk on Disney+ later this year, Hemsworth's Thor Odinson could possibly be the last Avengers standing moving forward.
Exactly what his most recent film will mean for his development and what his identity is in Marvel's Phase 4 story will be fascinating to see; and luckily, fans will not need to wait a lot longer to find out.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to debut in cinemas on July 8.