The next installment in the Chris Hemsworth-helmed franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder, is shaping up to be even more insane than its previous entire, Thor: Ragnarok. Director Taika Waititi describing the development process "...like 10-year-olds told us what should be in a movie and we said yes to every single thing."
Due to the pandemic, everything had to be put on hold or pushed back, including the shooting for Thor: Love and Thunder. But, Waititi saw this delay as a positive for Thor: Love and Thunder, describing most productions feeling rushed and giving him more time in refining the script. The script itself has been described by Chris Hemsworth as one of the best he's read in years.
Now, with production gearing up for next year with the help of the revolutionary Volume production technology used on The Mandalorian, people are already thinking beyond Thor: Love and Thunder and where the God of Thunder will end up after.
In an interview with Elle Man, Chris Hemsworth was asked about Thor: Love and Thunder and how he feels about shooting would begin next year. (Note: This interview was transcribed in Polish, so these quotes have been translated using Google Translate and thus may not be entirely accurate to what was said)
"After reading the script, I can say that I am very excited. For sure there will be a lot of love and a lot of lightning in this production (laughs). I'm glad that after all that happened in Avengers: Endgame, I'm still part of the Marvel Universe and we can continue the story of Thor. Of course, I can't tell you anything about the plot, but to satisfy your curiosity, I'll say that I had a lot more fun reading the script than on "Thor Ragnarok", and that proves something, because this movie was brilliant."
The interviewer also brings up the topic of Thor potentially retiring as a character and passing on the title and hammer to another actor. In a surprise bit of bluntness, Chris Hemsworth denies that this will be his last outing as Thor in the MCU.
Are you crazy ?! I'm not going into any retirement period (laughs). Thor is way too young for that. He is only 1500 years old! It is definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so.
WHAT THIS MEANS
It would seem that previous rumors of Thor: Love and Thunder being the last hurrah for Chris Hemsworth as the titular character were wrong. So, it seems unlikely that either Beta Ray Bill or Jane Foster will be replacing him as the God (or Goddess) of Thunder.
While Hemsworth seems to stipulate this claim with "At least I hope so," it's clear that Thor won't be written out of the MCU by the end of Thor: Love and Thunder. This does bring up the interesting prospect of Thor sticking around after his forth movie and where his character could go next.
If Thor: Love and Thunder is successful enough, will Chris Hemsworth star in another movie directed by Taika Waititi? Or would he simply remain a prominent fixture of the MCU as a recurring supporting character throughout until Hemsworth deems it his time to leave? Only time will tell.