Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman
Release date: November 5, 2021

When it was announced earlier this week that writer/director Taika Waititi would return to direct the forthcoming (pun incidental) Thor 4, many speculated that now was the time to introduce Jane Foster’s version of Thor as seen in the recent Jason Aarron and Russell Dauterman Mighty Thor series.

Sometimes it’s a blast when the people get what they want.

After seemingly being on the outs with Marvel at the end of Thor: The Dark World, Natalie Portman will return to play Jane Foster Thor. Along for the ride will also be Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, who claimed that her first action as king of Asgard would be to “find her queen.” 

The involvement of the Aaron/Dauterman run leads me to wonder what other elements, if any, we’ll see in this story. Is this a chance to bring back Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith? (Ed Note: Based off his performance in Dark World, please God no) The dark elf features heavily into the Jane Foster Thor run. Or is this perhaps the time to introduce the truly horrifying Gorr the God Butcher, a character that terrorized the original Thor across three different eras of his life.

Speaking of Thor: Chris Hemsworth was on stage along with Thompson, Portman, and Taika, but given that he was off with the Guardians at the conclusion of Endgame, I’m very curious about his involvement. There was speculation that the reason that Marvel planned on keeping the James Gunn script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was because it heavily featured the God of Thunder and that it’d be too complicated to rewrite otherwise. Because Love and Thunder will presumably come before the third Guardians, (GOTG3 and Black Panther 2, while confirmed, were conspicuously absent from the schedule) will Thor not feature as prominently here? Or will we get some sort of passing reference to his tenure that we’ll have to wait to see? Regardless, the reunion of Taika and the inclusion of Jane Foster is more than enough to make this one of the most anticipated releases of Phase 4.

And one more thing...