Chris Pratt has been confirmed to the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder, the long-awaited fourth installment of the Thor saga directed by Taika Waititi. But what importance will this Guardian of the Galaxy have in the film?
First of all, it's important to remember that the characters of Thor and Star-Lord had very few opportunities to meet in the comics, let alone team up as a duo. Marvel Studios will therefore have to invent, which is by no means infeasible. We feel that the studio is trying to fill the void left by Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow following the last Avengers : Thor is one of the only survivors, alongside the Hulk, with whom he has already teamed in Thor: Ragnarok (not counting the rights issues on the character).
Endgame's finale heralded the color
Marvel will therefore logically seek to create new dynamics around Thor, as clearly established at the end of Endgame : the hero played by Chris Hemsworth joined the crew of the Guardians of the Galaxy (the famous Asgardians of the galaxy), and promised already a battle of ego and jokes with Star-Lord. And if Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was a logical option for their shared adventures, Thor 4 will arrive before.
What then can we imagine for Chris Pratt in Thor's next solo film? Star-Lord will he be satisfied with a brief appearance at the beginning aboard his Milano to drop Thor who knows where in the cosmos? Or a classic post-credits scene? It's not impossible, but it could be disappointing for fans. Especially since the rumor speaks of the other Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor 4 (notably Groot).
Me looking for friends
Thor 4 is still a mystery, but two characters will be at the center of the plot. In early 2020, Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) announced that the film's antagonist would be played by a certain Christian Bale, but there is no evidence that he will be the only villain. For her part, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) will become the new Thor , which lets imagine a lot. A priori, it will be one of the major arcs of the scenario, even the heart of the film.
In the comics, Thor loses the use of his hammer Mjolnir after meeting his sister Angela, replaced by Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Thor: Ragnarok . He later recovers Jarnborn, an ax he used in his youth, before inheriting Mjolnir. And yet, in Avengers: Infinity War , the ax that Thor obtains alongside Rocket Raccoon and Groot is called Stormbreaker, a weapon used by Beta Ray Bill in the comics . This is one reason why many fans believe Christian Bale will take on the role of Beta Ray Bill, Thor's horse-head rival.
It is impossible to say that Jane Foster and her ex will be on the same side , or that Odin's son will be at his best. He could therefore have quite strong allies at his side, such as Korg (Taika Waititi), Valkyrie or Peter Quill alias Star-Lord.
“Thor, jump! I'll come back to get you at the end of the movie! “
Another option: Amora the Enchantress, mentioned a while ago with the rumor of Jennifer Lawrence to play her. He is one of the god of thunder's most iconic opponents. With her power tied to love and desire, the character would go very well with the movie title. If she is indeed part of the adventure, one can imagine without problem that Star-Lord will be spellbound by the latter and will fight at her side until taking a blow (hammer or ax) on the head.
Thor and his Jarnbjorn ax, very different from Stormbreaker
If 'love' in the broad sense of the term is the center of the plot, perhaps Peter Quill is still on the hunt for a lost love: the Gamora of the past , trapped in the present after the events of Avengers: Endgame , which prompts him to rub shoulders with a few Asgardians. But it's hard to imagine that the Guardian of the Galaxy would experience it all in a colleague's adventure, rather than in his own movie starring James Gunn.
These hypotheses cannot be confirmed before February 9, 2022, the French release date of Thor: Love and Thunder . In the meantime, we will be entitled to WandaVision which will open Phase 4 of the MCU on Disney + and Black Widow in theaters on May 5, 2021. As for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 , the James Gunn film will be part of Phase 5 and will not arrive before the end of 2022.