There have been quite a few leaks coming out from production for Thor: Love and Thunder lately, such as the promotional poster and even Tessa Thompson showing off her new costume for Valkyrie. Now, a new listing on IMDb has seemingly given away the return of one key character from Avengers: Infinity War for a second appearance in Love and Thunder.
Usually, IMDb isn't the most reliable when teasing the inclusion of actors in upcoming movies, as anyone can edit the pages. However, they prove to be more credible when listing specific departments like stunts and make-up. One recent example was Thom Jones being listed as Lashana Lynch's dialect coach in The Marvels, which proved to be true.
So, the same is likely true for this returning actor in Marvel Studios' fourth God of Thunder solo movie.
Avengers: Infinity War's Dwarf King Making a Return?
Tucker Watkins of The Cosmic Circus noticed that a listing on IMDb for Thor: Love and Thunder's Makeup Department states that Lane Friedman is working on the sequel as a "hair stylist: Peter Dinklage," who previously played Eitri in Avengers: Infinity War.
This listing indicates that Dinklage will be returning in the Thor: Ragnarok sequel as the King of the Dwarves.
What Exactly is Mjolnir?
According to past set photos, it seems unlikely that Eitri will be the one responsible for reforging Mjolnir; those photos showed an alter for the pieces of Mjolnir, most likely indicating that it will be put back together in some way. A leaked t-shirt and promotional poster even showed cracks on Mjolnir from when Hela had shattered it in Ragnarok.
However, Eitri's appearance could also be so that Thor can ask him more about Mjolnir, with the most important questions likely being why and how it turns to transform Jane Foster into the Mighty Thor. Perhaps the Marvel Cinematic Universe could imply that the hammer is somewhat aware, like it is in the comics, and chose Foster as she approached its alter.
It'd also be interesting if, after piecing itself back together, Mjolnir bore the newest inscription from the comics. Instead of designating one gender, like it was in the comics and the MCU, "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor," it instead changes "if he be worthy" to "if they be worthy." It could be a fun nod to the comics and signifying Jane Foster's path to wielding the mighty hammer.
Although, with Odin being dead and having casted the original worthiness enchantment, this might no longer be possible.
Fans will find out Eitri's purpose in Thor: Love and Thunder when it arrives in theaters on July 8, 2022.