Love and Thunder is the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s Thor series and the second directed by Taika Waititi (after 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok). It starts up after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Following a period of time traveling with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) vows to leave violence in his past and pursue a life of peace.

Thor: Love and Thunder - Taika Waititi Reveals if Jane Foster Will Replace Chris Hemsworth
Thor: Love and Thunder

Jane Foster, Thor’s one-time romantic companion, will play the new bearer of Mjolnir and take the mantle of the Mighty Thor in Love and Thunder. Meanwhile, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is dealing with the less glamorous aspects of her new role as queen of New Asgard. Thor is pulled out of retirement when a new threat appears in the guise of Gorr the God Butcher and enlists the help of Jane and Valkyrie to hunt him down. Thor: Love and Thunder have been viewed as a possible passing of the torch online. In an interview with GamesRadar last week, director Taika Waititi addressed these rumors.

“It’s no longer his hammer” – Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi Reveals if Jane Foster Will Replace Chris Hemsworth
Taika Waititi

In an interview with GamesRadar, Taika Waititi stated that he does not believe this is the case. MCU directors seldom have an influence on where the entire series’ large-scale plot goes next. In this way, Waititi is no exception. Chris Hemsworth, on the other hand, is unlikely to put down his axe anytime soon, according to him. In Love and Thunder, Natalie Portman reprises her role as Jane Foster and also plays The Mighty Thor. However, it appears that the filmmaker is certain that the two will cohabit for the foreseeable future inside the MCU. Odinson will not be alone, and he should not be. Given the presence of a God Butcher, the pantheon may choose to concentrate on numbers.

“And also, it’s really fun, the idea that Thor [has] got Stormbreaker, that big axe, and now his hammer’s back and it’s in the hands of someone else,” Waititi explained. “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.”

Chris Hemsworth - Taika Waititi Reveals if Jane Foster Will Replace Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth stars in the titular role in Thor: Love And Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder, from Marvel Studios, opens in cinemas on July 8. Love and Thunder will be the second Marvel Studios movie to enter theatres in 2022, after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Following Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Multiverse of Madness, the fourth Thor film will be the MCU’s sixth big-screen release in Phase Four. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will be released on November 11, will follow Love and Thunder.

Source – GamesRadar

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