With several Marvel cast members heading to Australia this month and a confirmation from actor Chris Hemsworth that filming would begin this week, production on Thor: Love and Thunder is quickly ramping up. Photos of some of the film’s sets have now hit the internet as shooting is about to begin.
A HINT AT THOR 4'S GORR
Daily Mail has published a few photos of some unfinished Thor: Love and Thunder sets. The images show a fenced-off area of Sydney’s Centennial Park with a pile of dirt surrounded by a few brown set pieces that resemble large rocks or piles of dirt.
The set also appears as if it will ultimately be multi-level, seeing as there is a large staircase present in the construction area.
Earlier in the week, the publication also released aerial photos of the exterior of two Fox Studios soundstages in Sydney, where other scenes in the film will be shot. The set in the pictures has yet to be completed, so it's likely shooting will begin there and later move to the park.
DWELLINGS OF EVIL
Fans are already speculating about what setting these pieces are for, and the consensus seems to be that it’s likely for the dwellings of Gorr the God Butcher (announced last month as Christian Bale’s role in the film). The name of the villain’s homeworld has never been officially revealed, but in Marvel Comics it has been shown to be a desert planet wrecked by earthquakes and volcanoes which he was exiled to due to his hatred of gods.
Marvel seems to be moving more towards practical sets over virtual and green screen technology with some of its films; Eternals reportedly will feature a lot of these as well. However, it was also previously revealed that various Marvel projects would adopt the use of ILM StageCraft - notably used in production of The Mandalorian - and considering Australia has been said to be getting a studio with the capabilities of this technology, it's possible that the filmmakers may be using it for some scenes as well.
Thor: Love and Thunder is currently scheduled for release in 2022.