Everyone seems to be trying to figure out who Christian Bale might be playing in Marvel’s Thor: Love & Thunder after reports surfaced that the Oscar-winner was in talks for an unnamed role in the Marvel Studios sequel.
Take the following with a grain of salt, but there is a new rumor coming from TheIlluminerdi (connected to ThatHashtagShow) claiming confirmation that despite fan speculation that Christian Bale could be playing Beta Ray Bill or some other supporting character, he will be playing an “intergalactic villain”.
The Illuminerdi has received concrete confirmation that actor Christian Bale will be playing an intergalactic villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.
It sounds like the information stems from a studio/agency casting grid for the film.
Unfortunately, we were unable to get a firm confirmation on the name of his character. But, we did get a glimpse of a Marvel Studios’ document which gave away some revealing tidbits about Bale’s role.
Normally, with Marvel casting the big heavy-weight actor tends to be the person playing the film’s villain so when Bale was linked to the project it was assumed that he would take a villain role in the sequel.
An intergalactic villian is also kind of a vague term in the world of Marvel.
Technically, both Thor and Valkyrie (neither are human) would be considered intergalactic heroes because Asgard is a realm hovering in outer space. Loki is most certainly an intergalactic villain based on that, given he’s a Frost Giant and the rightful King of Jotuenheim. It is also worth noting that Thor: Ragnarok’s Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum) is also an intergalactic villain, but looked very much humanoid even if Goldblum himself gives off otherworldly vibes.
I have to assume that the term “intergalactic” is meant to exclude Earthbound villain candidates like Norman Osborn (leads H.A.M.M.E.R. and Dark Avengers) and Roxxon CEO Dario Agger aka Minotaur (tied to Greek mythology).
There are plenty of characters that could be considered an intergalactic villain such as Mephisto (debuted in Silver Surfer but has had run-ins with Thor), Gorr The God Butcher, The Architect (Elder of The Universe), Cul Borson aka The Serpent (Thor’s uncle), Balder The Brave (Thor’s brother and lover of Karnilla The Norn Queen), and Ulik The Rock Troll (rock trolls almost appeared in the first film).
The returning cast includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster aka Lady Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie aka King of Asgard, and Taika Waititi as Korg (HN reported that his role is expected to be larger in Ragnarok).
There is a good chance that the Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston from Disney+ could help establish villains and characters appearing in Love & Thunder, but that remains to be seen.
We already know from Kevin Feige the show will interlink with Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness.
Both Idris Elba and Cate Blanchett have voiced an openness to reprise their roles, but have yet to be linked to the fourth installment.
Production is still set to begin this August at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, Australia, also the stage location for Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings.
Thor: Love & Thunder is set for release by Marvel/Disney on November 5th, 2021.
SOURCE: THE ILLUMINERDI