Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi has revealed new details about Marvel Studios’ long-awaited Thor: Love and Thunder, confirming that Chris Hemsworth’s titular Avenger will be going through a midlife crisis as he tries to find his purpose again.
“Thor is just trying to figure out his purpose, trying to figure out exactly who he is and why he’s a hero or whether he should be a hero,” Waititi told AP News. “I guess you could call it a midlife crisis.”
Waititi also went on to tease Christian Bale’s debut as Gorr the God Butcher by confidently claiming that he’ll be the best Marvel Cinematic Universe villain ever. Although we haven’t an official look at Bale’s character despite leaked images, the first teaser trailer did offer a preview of his brutality including Falligar the Behemoth’s death.
“It’s a great, really fun, weird little group of heroes, a new team for Thor with Korg, Valkyrie, and The Mighty Thor,” Waititi teased. “And, in my humble opinion, we have probably the best villain that Marvel’s ever had in Christian Bale.”
“The fourth installment finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods,” says the synopsis. “To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
Thor: Love and Thunder sees the return of MCU alums Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who is now taking on the mantle of the Mighty Thor and will be wielding the iconic Mjolnir. Oscar-winner Christian Bale will also be making his return to the superhero genre as he signs on for the villainous role of Gorr the God Butcher.
Additional cast includes franchise alums such as Jaime Alexander as Sif, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Taika Waititi as Korg, and Guardians of the Galaxy stars like Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, Karen Gillan’s Nebula, Sean Gunn’s Kraglin, and Vin Diesel’s Groot.
Thor: Love and Thunder is once again being directed by Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) from a script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great), which will be the follow-up to Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
It is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 8.