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Thor: Love and Thunder release date, cast, set pictures, and more

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Thor: Love and Thunder is on the way, touching down in 2023. While that might seem like a long wait, the good news is it seems the Thorquel will certainly be worth it. Filming is going ahead right now, and so far we've had some clues about the Guardians of the Galaxy's involvement in the movie, as well as some other famous faces on the movie's set.

Lately, director Taika Waititi has hyped up the movie – and we even know who Russell Crowe will be playing in the film. We also know details like the cast list, and, though plot points are scarce, we've taken a deep dive into the source material of Marvel comics to guess at what we might be seeing in the story. Plus, there are plenty of set photos to feast your eyes on below. Scroll on to check out everything we know so far about Thor: Love and Thunder.

Thor: Love and Thunder release date

Thor: Love and Thunder

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The Thor: Love and Thunder release date is May 6, 2022, with filming taking place in Australia.

The road to reach this point was a long and winding one, perhaps best suited to being told as a tale over a few mugs of mead in one of Midgard’s many inns. But with no tankards in sight, you’ll have to make do with this recap – and hope Ragnarok doesn’t reach us by its end. Ready? Deep breath.

Thor 4 was originally set to land at the very end of Marvel Phase 4 on November 5, 2021. That was announced during Kevin Feige’s avalanche of MCU news at SDCC 2019. Then, things started getting shifted. With Black Widow being pushed back as part of Marvel’s wave of coronavirus delays, that meant Thor: Love and Thunder retreated to February 18. That is until moved again due partly to Spider-Man 3’s release date changing – and was pushed forward to March 25, 2022. In December 2020, it was shifted back, hopefully for the last time, to May 6, 2022.

Thor: Love and Thunder cast

Thor: Love and Thunder cast

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First, the confirmed Thor: Love and Thunder cast. No surprise on who is front and centre. Yep. Chris Hemsworth is back as the God of Thunder, Thor. Joining him is the newly-installed ruler of New Asgard, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson).

In a surprise reveal at SDCC 2019, Natalie Portman was brought on stage. It was announced that she would be returning to the MCU as Jane Foster, but not any old Jane Foster. This Jane Foster – whether she’s from a multiverse or not is unclear – will be The Mighty Thor, a plot point drawn straight from comic writer Jason Aaron’s legendary mid-2010s Thor run. Portman has also recently revealed that her character will be undergoing cancer treatment. If you need a primer on what to expect, check out what the comics tell us about Natalie Portman's Mighty Thor.

Russell Crowe has joined the cast of the movie, and has revealed that he'll be playing Zeus – so we can probably expect a lot of lightning if the two thunder gods come face to face.

Jaimie Alexander is back as Sif, while more MCU characters could be on the horizon, including Matt Damon reprising his role from Thor: Ragnarok. The actor played an actor playing Loki on Asguard. Will his role be deeper this time? We will have to wait and find out. Sam Neil has also teased a potential appearance, having played an actor playing Odin in that same play.

Director Taika Waititi will also once again be appearing in front of the camera as Korg. The rock star will be making his third appearance after his debut in Thor: Ragnarok and Fortnite-shaped cameo playing against noobmaster69 in Avengers: Endgame.

Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, is also showing up in the new Thor movie. It's unknown just how much of a role he'll have but at least we essentially have confirmation that the Asgardians of the Galaxy ride again.

Vin Diesel may have also confirmed that Groot will be branching out and turning up in Thor: Love and Thunder. "[Taika Waititi] talked to me about how Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be very interesting. Nobody knows, but maybe I shouldn't have said anything," Vin Diesel told Comic Book. Of course, now that Pratt is on-board, it appears Vin Diesel may have said too much, too soon.

A video from Australia, where filming is taking place, also shows Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), and Karen Gillan (Nebula) arriving at the shoot. Looks like the whole gang's back together again. Presumably, Bradley Cooper will be voicing Rocket again, but that remains unconfirmed.

Who else? Jeff Goldblum has been spotted in Australia with Hemsworth and Waititi, so Grandmaster may be returning. Melissa McCarthy has also been seen on set, playing an Asgardian portraying Cate Blanchett's Hela.

Opposing the Thors will reportedly be Christian Bale, who has signed on to play Gorr the God Butcher, who played an integral role in Jason Aaron’s run as the man who killed off deities across time and space. He essentially became Marvel’s version of Kratos, for Odin’s sake. What's not to like?

Not only is it a worthy escalation for Thor – god-killers can certainly stand toe-to-toe with Thanos in terms of power levels – but it’s also a tantalizing proposition with just how much inspiration it seems the film is taking from the pages of the comics. Thor: Love and Thunder is already swiping space sharks (more on that below) and Jane Foster’s Thor from Aaron’s pages. What’s one more?

Thor: Love and Thunder story

Thor: Love and Thunder Jane Foster

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What to expect from Thor: Love and Thunder? According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's likely to have an "Avengers 5 feel." Chris Hemsworth has even called it “one of the best scripts he’s read in years.” Accurate? Well, if you believe director Taika Waititi, it’s going to be Ragnarok turned up to eleven.

He told Entertainment Tonight, “If you take Ragnarok – which I feel was a very big, outlandish, bombastic film – we’re trying to double down on everything we did with that and create something that’s more crazy, more fun, and even more of a big, big adventure.”

The director has also said the movie "might be the best Marvel film ever," which are some bold words. He gave a production update, too: "We've got four weeks left, I can see light at the end of the tunnel."

Waititi also confirmed on an Instagram Live video that Korg will be looking for love in Thor 4, while Space Sharks will also feature. No, that’s not a typo. The creatures have appeared in the comics and serve as a razor-sharp roadblock for those looking to get close to the villainous Gorr’s planet during the Thor comic series in 2013.

We also know Jane Foster’s Thor will factor into proceedings, though nothing has been revealed on exactly how she gets her hands on her own version of Mjolnir or, indeed, what universe she’s from. 

Another plot point will revolve around Valkyrie finding someone to rule New Asgard with. "She's king. If she can't find her queen, she'll just be king and queen at the same time,” Thompson said during an interview with ET.

Anything else, for now, is just speculation. But you've got to speculate to accumulate, as they say, and with how close Love and Thunder appears to be following certain plot points from Jason Aaron's run on Mighty Thor, it's worth taking a look at what could still come. 

File these under hopes rather than anything concrete but Jane Foster's return probably means a few things. One, Thor is no longer worthy of wielding the hammer. How that happens is anyone's guess, though Jane picked up Mjolnir on the moon in the comics and may do the same again here. 

Another possibility is that she hails from a multiverse, a concept that is outright namechecked in Doctor Strange sequel Multiverse of Madness. 

Thor: Love and Thunder set pictures

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Thanks to filming taking place, we have our first look from the Thor: Love and Thunder set. Some of these tease potential moments in the movie – including a sequel to a fan-favorite scene from Thor: Ragnarok. Both Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth, brother of Chris, have been spotted on set in Australia – with the pair dressed in their ‘fake’ Loki and Thor costumes respectively. It appears they are set to reprise their role from Ragnarok’s Asgardian stage show retelling key events from the God of Thunder’s life. It looks like Melissa McCarthy is joining them, too, as Fake Hela. 

Another leak concerns Jane Foster – and how she might come to claim Mjolnir as her own. A new video shows Jane approaching a shrine to Odin and beginning to react violently, her body convulsing in the air. This bears a striking resemblance to Jason Aaron’s Thor comic run – although all leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, so we'll have to wait and see how the scene actually transpires.

Meanwhile, other pics feature both Thor and Star Lord. Yes, that's Chris squared. While Star-Lord's get-up isn't too different from what he's sported in previous movies, Thor is going for a new look entirely. He's ripped, for one thing, and he's showing off his muscles in a sleeveless jacket makes him look similar to Thunderstrike, AKA Eric Masterson, a character from the Marvel comics who wielded Mjolnir for a while and is often merged with Thor in the comics (although we'll have to wait and see whether that connection bears any fruit). 

Other pics from the behind the scenes show Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, on set in a new cybernetic headpiece inspired by Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, who raised Peter as a kid and died in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

No Thor: Love and Thunder trailer yet

The Thor: Love and Thunder logo

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No trailers and no teasers yet – Marvel movies traditionally debut footage and TV spots 3-4 months before release. If that remains the case, expect the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer by late 2021.

That’s… a long way off. In the meantime, you’ll have to coo over the Thor: Love and Thunder logo (above) that was unveiled at last year’s SDCC.

Read more: Get up to speed on Marvel's Black Widow

Thor: Love and Thunder director

Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi

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The inimitable Taika Waititi returns to direct his second MCU movie. His last release was Jojo Rabbit, yet he’s also directed the sports drama Next Goal Wins between feature films and has a Star Wars movie in the pipeline. Waititi's a busy man.

The COVID-19 outbreak has even helped his creative process on Thor: Love and Thunder. As Waititi explains to sister publication Total Film magazine there was plenty of time to work on the story.

“We’re still writing Love And Thunder, and I think it’s good to just keep writing, and then you know, we’ll have a really, really good script,” Waititi said. “And with writing, especially, you should use as much of that time as possible to get your story right, because you never really get it later on. Film is an industry where you’re always complaining about not having enough time. I think, right now, we’ve given ourselves a huge amount of time to work on all sort of things, so we may as well use it."

Meanwhile, James Gun, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, has said he has read the script – thanks to the Guardians appearing in Thor 4. "[Taika Waititi, director] is doing a great job – the script is amazing," Gunn wrote on Twitter. "We talked before he started writing it about where the characters are & where they're going & he read the script for Vol 3 and then I read his script and shared my thoughts."

And that's everything you need to know about Thor: Love and Thunder! For more from the MCU, check out our piece on Eternals, which will also be part of Marvel Phase 4.