When Marvel Studios dropped their Phase 4 release slate at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, many fans were surprised to see yet another Thor movie on the lineup. After all, the Iron Man and Captain America franchises wrapped at three movies a piece, and both trilogies were much more financially profitable than the God of Thunder's.
Regardless, Thor's latest fun-loving and goofy persona has been a smash-hit with fans, and considering he was one of the only original six to leave Endgame still in one piece, it made sense that Marvel Studios would want to explore the Asgardian's mythos further. Still, fans had their doubts. Would this fourth installment feel forced, or would it actually take The Mighty One through a story worth telling?
As if the title wasn't telling enough, Thor: Love and Thunder is set to get even wilder than it's predecessor. As reported by Deadline, director Taika Waititi and Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson spoke on Instagram Live about Love and Thunder's script, claiming the sequel is going to raise the stakes in terms of the other-wordly nature established in Ragnarok. The New Zealand director went on to comment on the sequel's script, saying it was on the "fourth or fifth" draft. Waititi also provided this comment about the film's development process:
"It's like 10-year-olds told us what should be in a movie and we said yes to every single thing."
WHAT THIS MEANS
Taika Waititi is one of the most sought-after directors working in Hollywood today due to his unapologetically unique style. Due to his proven financial and critical successes with Ragnarok and last year's Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit, Waititi is clearly trusted to run wild with his creative visions. This Instagram Live only emphasizes that his creative freedom with Marvel is not going anywhere.
It was previously announced that Love and Thunder will see the return of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster in a much more "mightier" light, but Waititi was not shy to confirm further details about the sequel on Instagram Live. He mentioned Thor 4 would see the debut of the Starsharks, as well as potentially an exploration into Korg's species.
Aside from character details, Waititi did mention that the film's script was on its "fourth or fifth draft." While it may seem expected, the fact that Waititi is going through numerous drafts in order ensure the best script possible should heighten anticipation. Waititi clearly is very passionate about these characters and wants to deliver a story that not only reaches the high MCU bar, but raises it.
Combined with confirmation that Ragnarok's costume designer would return for the fourth installment, Waititi's comments only further establish that Love and Thunder will expand upon Ragnarok's tone, but likely will take it a lot further.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theatres on its new release date of February 28, 2022.