After almost five years, it is indeed time for a solo Thor movie. This time, be that as it may, there isn't only one God of Thunder — there are two. While Chris Hemsworth's Odinson will use Stormbreaker, Natalie Portman's Jane Foster will get a supernaturally fixed Mjolnir. Throughout the last three years since the film was reported, there have been many bits of gossip about who might make an appearance in Taika Waititi's next Marvel adventure.

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With the movie a few weeks out, what better opportunity to brush up on what characters are confirmed to show up in Love and Thunder, and which are still only rumored.

Thor Odinson the Peacemaker (Chris Hemsworth)

Status: In the Title

With the film being named Thor, it should come as no surprise Chris Hemsworth is, as a matter of fact, in the impending film. His involvement was one of, if not the earliest facts known about the project upon its announcement.

Fortunately for some fans out there, the character will shed his Bro Thor persona and gaining that God of Thunder physique back. As per the trailer, he'll likewise turn into a peacekeeping master — at least until Gorr the God Butcher makes himself known to the world.

The greatest inquiry is: will the founding Avenger survive the film and active? Love and Thunder's director Taika Waititi sure wants audiences to believe so.

Jane Foster the Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman)

Status: Also In the Title (Technically)

Many fans were completely blindsided by Natalie Portman's return. After her departure from the MCU following Thor: The Dark World, audiences thought they had said a final farewell to her — they couldn’t even fully get her back for Avengers: Endgame.

In any case, not only will Jane Foster be back, but she'll piece Mjolnir back together and become Mighty Thor. It's been confirmed that her character will likewise be embracing the tragic cancer storyline in the comics, which sees Jane battling with the deadly sickness while saving the world consistently.

Will Jane's return be a limited-time event, or could she at any point turn into a big pillar of the MCU going forward?

Valkyrie, King of New Asgard (Tessa Thompson)

Status: Confirmed

Tessa Thompson's superhero has not exclusively been confirmed to return, but she'll likewise hold the title, King of New Asgard. Everything even seems to be going fairly alright for her - at least, until Gorr attacks.

Valkyrie is even set to brandish a completely new outfit, one which was actually leaked a little too early by Thompson—by accident, obviously. In any case, it looks dazzling, with its highly contrasting variety plot giving her a remarkable sharp look.

Hopefully, she'll endure her experience with Christian Bale's villain, as momentarily seen in the latest trailer.

Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale)

Status: Confirmed

At first, back when reports began swirling that Bale would be in Love and Thunder back in early 2020, nobody realized who he'd play. Two of the most grounded conceivable outcomes were either the hero Beta Ray Bill or villain Dario Agger — it turns out it was not one or the other.

Instead, he'll assume the part of Gorr the God Butcher -  fans even finally got their first proper look at him in the most recent trailer. In addition to the fact that he looks terrifying, but he doesn't appear to be playing, unlike the rest of the cast.

One has to wonder just how high his kill count will be when the movie starts rolling the credits.

Korg the Rock (Taika Waititi)

Status: Confirmed

Taika Waititi's joyfully chill sentient rock was among the film's most memorable characters to be confirmed. The director even teased how fans could dive more deeply into the character’s origins.

There most likely wasn't a lot of uncertainty among fans, seeing that the same guy who voices him is likewise directing the film. The greatest inquiry is simply, how huge will his part be? Enough to legitimize his new beard growth?

Miek, the Sidekick (Stephen Murdoch)

Status: Confirmed

Any place Korg goes, so does Miek — so it ought not to be a surprise that they'll take the leap toward the following Thor film. Concerning what the little purple alien may be doing this time around, who can say for sure?

In previously uncovered idea concept art, the character can be seen in both a totally mechanical endoskeleton and independently wearing a fitted lady's business suit. Set photographs later saw Miek in that same grey suit.

Hopefully, they come to the end credits once more — Thor: Ragnarok served as a pretty close call.

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

Seeing as the last time Chris Hemsworth’s Thor was seen on screen, it was side-by-side with Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, it was never much of a surprise that he was set to play a part in Love and Thunder. 

While previously confirmed in a report from The Hollywood Reporter, a hosted telethon on Instagram then, at that point, uncovered he was en route to shoot the film in Australia toward the start of 2021.

The character can be seen in the first teaser trailer sporting a new look, however, it's unclear how big a role he’ll play in the final film.

Drax (Dave Bautista)

Status: Confirmed

While at first hesitant to confirm his involvement, in spite of Chris Pratt having previously discussed his, Dave Bautista was at last seen joining his other Guardians down in Australia, where production occurred. The character is then found in the eventual outcome during the initial 90-second teaser for the movie.

It's unknown the amount of the film Drax, or his different colleagues, will be a part of, however, ideally, it's significantly something other than the initial ten minutes of the piece. All things considered, one would figure Thor will require however much assistance as he can taking down Gorr.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)

Status: Confirmed

While Bradley Cooper might have never been on one of the Marvel sets, James Gunn's sibling, Sean Gunn, who genuinely plays Rocket, has been on them all, essentially the ones with the loveable rodent. Obviously, his trip to Australia didn't go unnoticed — a typical indication of an entertainer's contribution in Thor: Love and Thunder as of late.

Out of the multitude of Guardians, audiences have seen the most interaction between him and Thor. Their dynamic was absolutely energizing, so the more of those two, the better.

Groot (Vin Diesel)

Status: Confirmed

Any place Rocket goes, Groot will follow. While the fan-most loved sentient tree is joining Thor along for the ride, it appears as though he'll be near the very age and look that he was in Avengers: Endgame.

Many individuals have needed a new more seasoned Groot, however, sadly it seems like audiences will have to wait a bit longer for that to happen. Maybe in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special?

Mantis (Pom Klementieff)

Status: Confirmed

Another easy decision will be Pom Klementieff's Mantis. She will show up close by the other Guardians as they venture across the universe with Chris Hemsworth's Thor.

Klementieff is one more entertainer whose presence in Australia offered his association with Thor: Love and Thunder. While her time in the sequel will probably be brief, ideally, she'll have the option to steal a moment or two amongst the massive cast.

Nebula (Karen Gillan)

Status: Confirmed

Previously seen on set, Gillan will formally join the remainder of her new teammates post Endgame. From the vibes of the trailer, she even keeps the colorful orange detailing on her head.

Previously the actress teased how the film was "just really, really funny and [a] bonkers and wild” and would give audiences more of that dry, mean humor that Nebula is known for.

Audiences are eager to see what her dynamic with everybody will be, seeing as she wasn’t even a member of their group prior to The Blip.

Kraglin (Sean Gunn)

Status: Confirmed

On top of playing Rocket Raccoon, Sean Gunn plays the human character of Kraglin. The last time he was found in full was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where he obtained Yondu's classic arrow after Youdu's demise.

While he momentarily showed up during Avengers: Endgame, this will be the entertainer's first true appearance since 2017. The confirmation of his part came thanks to set photographs and afterward the absolute first teaser for Hemsworth's next film.

Zeus, the other God of Thunder (Russell Crowe)

Status: Confirmed

With a film revolving around an antagonist who needs to end all Gods, the story was always going to have to introduce more of them—seeing as the MCU’s world hasn’t fleshed many of them out. Enter Zeus.

The entertainer himself wound up ruining the surprise on an Australian public broadcast in 2021, taking note of the way things were "[his] last day Zeus-ing out" on set.

Don’t expect him to stick around too long. The original announcement of his involvement noted how his role was a small one—it looks like Gorr might hit the jackpot.

Bastet, the Panther God (Akosia Sabet)

Status: Confirmed

Black Panther's hotshot God was one of the later uncovers, one that got fans by surprise. It's clearly not a jump for her to be included, given Gorr's involvement, however, it's the casual way it became public information that was somewhat amazing.

Marvel Studios had casually dropped a new image of Valkyrie and Jane in Zeus' Olympus, and simply on the frame at the bottom right corner was the legendary figure. Fans had better start crossing their fingers that she makes it out of this movie alive—especially the Wakandans.

Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr, Thor's Goats

Status: Confirmed

The two mythical goats are staples of Thor's Norse mythology. Given their outlandish concepts, it isn't surprising that the duo hasn’t made it into an MCU film before now.

It looks like Waititi is aiming to change that with Love and Thunder. First revealed thanks to set photos towards the beginning of 2021, the two mammals went on to get their own official character posters for the upcoming romp.

Thor, his Thespian Brother (Luke Hemsworth)

Status: Confirmed

Most fans got a kick out of seeing Luke Hemsworth and Matt Damon perform the story of Thor Odinson and Loki Laufeyson on stage for Tom Hiddleston’s mischievous God. So, it’s no surprise to learn that Taika Waititi will be riffing off of those same antics once again.

Set photos were able to confirm that the two actors would return. Not only that, but they also happened to be wearing the same exact outfits they were when their father, Odin, died in Norway.

Loki, the Thespian (Matt Damon)

Status: Confirmed

The God of Mischief is up to it again. No, not Tom Hiddleston, but the actor that portrays the actor in fine Asgardian theaters.

The same set photos that revealed Luke Hemsworth’s return also revealed Damon. The actor later broke his silence on the return, teasing how they were able to “upgrade [the gag] a little bit” this time around.

Hela, the Fake Sister (Melissa McCarthy)

Status: Confirmed

When Damon teased how Waititi’s Love and Thunder was able to upgrade their previous joke, maybe he was referencing being able to bring in comedy legend Melissa McCarthy as Thor’s fake sister.

The actress was spotted in set photos decked out in Hela’s outfit. Unfortunately, no further context for the scene was available.

Odin, the Imposter (Sam Neill)

Status: Confirmed

Joining the likes of Hemsworth, Damon, and McCarthy, to play the infamous Odin will be none other than Sam Neill. The actor, recently seen in Jurassic World: Dominion, will see a quick visit to the MCU as a fine thespian.

It’s a wonder the actor returned to do the gig, with Neil having previously admitted how “the whole Marvel universe is a complete mystery to me.” In fact, he was even “completely baffled” when doing his part in Thor: Ragnarok.

Sif, the Forgotten Warrior Three (Jamie Alexander)

Status: Confirmed

Being strangely absent from Thor: Ragnarok really worked out for Thor’s good Asgardian friend—in fact, it saved her life. Now, she can return to the fray for Chris Hemsworth’s fourth outing.

Deadline originally confirmed her role in Love and Thunder, with the actress accidentally letting it slip on Instagram that she was heading Down Under suspiciously around the time the fourth film went into production.

She was last seen in the fourth episode of Loki, where Alexander got to have a fun little gag with Tom Hiddleston’s titular character. Past that, sadly, Sif didn’t get much to do.

Hopefully, that changes this time around.

The Cosmic Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)

Status: Rumored

The last Jeff Goldblum’s cosmic being was seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, where it didn’t look like he was going to fare very well against the residents of Sakaar. But, unbeknownst to him, he was set to have a much better time than his brother, whose fate audiences still have information on. 

So what points to his potential return? Well, back in 2021, the actor was seen with Taika Waititi at a rugby match in Australia. While it is far from any definitive proof of the actor’s involvement, the timing and location of the visit are of particular note, seeing as Love and Thunder was in the midst of production.

Maybe Thor will think to ask the powerful Grandmaster for some help in defeating Gorr?

Eitri the Dying Star Blacksmith (Peter Dinklage)

Status: Rumored

Debuting in Avengers: Infinity War, the cosmic king of dwarves helped Thor craft Stormbreaker—the very weapon that would be used to behead Thanos one day. Now, it seems he may be making a comeback for Love and Thunder.

Not only has the actor teased his involvement, but a makeup artist appeared in an IMDB listing for his character in the upcoming sequel. So the odds are looking good for his inclusion.

But why would he show up? The easiest guess is it has something to do with Jane now wielding Mjolnir. Why is it working for her? Why has it pieced itself together? All answers Dinklage’s blacksmith may have. 

Captain Marvel Finds a Friend? (Brie Larson)

Status: Rumored 

The rumors of Brie Larson’s cosmic hero making an appearance are rather new to the table. Earlier this year, scooper and insider MyTimeToShineHello claimed that Captain Marvel would not only show up in Thor: Love and Thunder but would be romantically entangled with the new King of Asgard, Valkyrie.

Another scooper, @GreatPhase, went on to say how the part was added as part of reshoots in LA.

Tessa Thompson even teased shortly after that her character’s relationship status “will be a little bit different” in the upcoming film. Oddly enough, whispers indicate Valkyrie could make a brief appearance in The Marvels.

From the sound of it, if it’s all true, Carol Danvers' part will be brief.

Mystery Character (Lena Headey)

Status: Rumored

There is next to no information for this appearance, but thanks to reputable insider Daniel RPK, there’s a good possibility fans will see Lena Headey show up at some point during Thor: Love and Thunder. The actress is formerly from the world of Game of Thrones and would join her co-star Kit Harington in hopping aboard the Marvel train with an appearance here.

Who could she possibly be playing? One big possibility would be Hera, who is married to Zeus—though even the character isn’t confirmed to be in the movie. Another potential match for Heady would be Angela, someone who was retconned in the comics to be the firstborn of Odin and Freyja, which in the case of the MCU, would make her the second secret offspring of Thor’s father.

Loki, Gone for Real? (Tom Hiddleston)

Status: Rumored

Back in 2021, around the time that his character’s solo Disney+ series was about to air, Tom Hiddleston confirmed that the brothers’ story was over “for the moment,” which suggested that Loki would not be reuniting with Hemsworth in his next adventure.

Then, more recently, the actor publicly stated how he doesn’t know if he’ll be in the upcoming project and even tried to declare that “[he] isn’t even doing an Andrew Garfield”—which, for those that don’t know, is basically lying.

So why is the character on this list as rumored? Well, because he’s Thor’s brother and has been in nearly all of his adventures—so, one would have to at least still consider it a possibility until completely ruled out when the film premieres.

The Reality-Displaced Gamora (Zoe Saldana)

Status: Rumored

While nearly the entire team of Guardians has been confirmed to show up in Thor: Love and Thunder, there’s someone who still hasn’t gotten the same confirmation: Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. The original version of the character died in Avengers: Endgame, but now there’s a time-displaced Variant running around in the MCU somewhere.

This version of the character has no affiliation with the Guardians. So, while it’s possible she could show up or get mentioned, it’s not very likely. Fans will probably have to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for that.

Beta Ray Bill, the Thunder God Fans Desire

Status: Rumored

Beta Ray Bill is a character fans have wanted to see included in the MCU for a long time now. The horse-headed Korbonite alien is a fan-favorite figure who once came into possession of Thor’s powers—abilities that Odinson thought he deserved to keep.

In fact, the character is actually the original wielder of Stormbreaker, the weapon Chris Hemsworth’s hero is currently swinging around in the MCU.

Beta Ray Bill was blatantly teased in Thor: Ragnarok, and the film’s director even hinted at how the character might have a future in Love and Thunder. Sadly, there haven’t been any further whispers regarding his appearance, so fans will just have to cross their fingers for luck to be on their side.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits cinemas on July 8.

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