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Thor: Love and Thunder is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, alongside Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Jeff Goldblum, and Vin Diesel.

By January 2018, Hemsworth and Waititi had discussed plans for a sequel to Ragnarok. Love and Thunder was officially announced in July 2019, with Hemsworth, Waititi, Thompson, and Portman—who did not appear in Ragnarok—all attached to return to the franchise. Waititi said the film would adapt elements from Jason Aaron's run on the Mighty Thor comic book, which sees Portman's character Jane Foster take on the mantle and powers of Thor whilst suffering from cancer. Robinson joined the film in February 2020, with Waititi later describing it as a romance film. Filming began in January 2021 in Sydney, Australia, and concluded at the beginning of June.

Thor: Love and Thunder had been scheduled to be released in the United States on May 6, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU. On October 18, 2021, Marvel announced a new release date of July 8, 2022 to accommodate changes in production on several movies.[1]

Premise

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor attempts to find inner peace, but is interrupted when Gorr the God Butcher threatens to eliminate all gods. To eliminate the threat before its too late, Thor recruits newly-appointed king of New Asgard Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster, who has become the Mighty Thor.

Cast

  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
    An Avenger and the former king of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.
  • Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie:
    The new ruler of New Asgard, based on the mythological being Brynhildr. Thompson and producer Kevin Feige said the character's bisexuality]] would be addressed with this appearance.
  • Natalie Portman as Jane Foster / Mighty Thor:
    An astrophysicist and Thor's ex-girlfriend who is undergoing cancer treatment while becoming the superhero the Mighty Thor and gaining similar powers to Thor. Portman, who did not appear in the franchise's previous film Thor: Ragnarok (2017), agreed to return after a meeting with director Taika Waititi.
  • Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord:
    The half-human, half-Celestial leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. Pratt said that Love and Thunder would continue the rivalry between Quill and Thor that was established in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • Jaimie Alexander as Sif: An Asgardian warrior and Thor's childhood friend, based on the deity of the same name.
  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis: A member of the Guardians with empathic powers.
  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer: A member of the Guardians and highly skilled warrior whose family was slaughtered by Thanos.
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula:
    A member of the Guardians who is an orphan from an alien world adopted by Thanos and trained to be his personal assassin. Gillan said Waititi "brought out the bonkers side" of Nebula for the film through her "pure aggression".
  • Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri: Yondu Udonta's former second-in-command in the Ravagers and an ally of the Guardians who uses a cybernetic headpiece to control his Yaka arrow.
  • Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster: An Elder of the Universe who ruled the planet Sakaar.
  • Vin Diesel as Groot: A member of the Guardians who is a tree-like humanoid and the accomplice of Rocket.
  • Benedict Wong as Wong (comeo)
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson (post-credits-scene)
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (post-credits-scene)
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (post-credits-scene)
  • Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton (post-credits-scene)

Additionally, Waititi reprises his role as Korg, a Kronan gladiator who befriended Thor. Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth also reprise their roles as Asgardian actors playing Loki, Odin, and Thor, respectively, from Thor: Ragnarok, alongside Melissa McCarthy as an actress playing Hela and Ben Falcone in an undisclosed role. Russell Crowe also has a cameo appearance as Zeus, the king of the Olympians, based on the Greek mythological deity of the same name. Singer Jenny Morris and Simon Russell Beale have been cast in an undisclosed role.

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