It was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con the Phase 4 slate, which includes Taika Waititi’s fourth Thor movie titled Thor: Love and Thunder.
We’ll see Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie along with the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster taking up the Thor mantle. Tessa confirming that she’ll be looking for her Queen in the film and Kevin Feige confirming that the character is indeed LGBTQ.
I’m curious if they’ll attempt to adapt The Siege storyline with New Asgard and how Jane Foster’s Thor will be incorporated into all of this given that the MCU doesn’t do straight adaptations.
I do have some ideas about what they could explore and who they could add to the character lineup.
A big gripe I’ve had with various Thor installments has been the lack of the exploration of the other realms and this would be the perfect opportunity with Asgard gone that we can see what happens in the other realms with Valkyrie now expected to protect them and possibly leading new peace deals with those kingdoms.
One of the deleted sequences from Thor: Ragnarok would have explored Valhalla, the legendary hall of warriors and one is of the realms of the dead. Fallen warriors feast in an endless party waiting to be called up to fight against Odin’s enemies during Ragnarok.
The task of the Valkyrior were to gather-up the fallen heroes from the battlefield and bring them to Vahalla, which would make sense to explore with a movie featuring Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as a leading character.
Here are some examples of the artwork for Valhalla from concept artist Emmanuel Shiu put together for Taika’s Thor: Ragnaork.
NORNHEIM & KARNILLA QUEEN OF THE NORNS
Tessa said during the Thor: Love and Thunder that with Valkyrie the new King of New Asgard she needs a Queen.
Well, there is an established Queen in the Thor comics and that would be Karnilla, who is the Queen of the realm of Nornheim one of the unused realms that could be explored in this fourth movie.
In the comics, the sorceress villainess falls in love with Thor’s brother Balder The Brave.
Karnilla’s realm of Nornheim was almost a realm they visited in the original Thor and would have explored an area that would have included a village of Rock Trolls.
You can check out that concept art from Will Rees below.
VILLAINS & SUPPORTING CHARACTERS
Some of the unused villains alongside Karnilla that could make sense would be Cul Borson (God of Fear/Midgard Serpent), Durok The Destroyer (created by Karnilla), and Uilk The Rock Troll.
Rock trolls almost appeared in the original Thor film and Durok almost showed up in Thor: The Dark World as one the various alien marauders.
The light elves would also be an interesting angle to cover.
HILDEGARDE: Another potential candidate to become Valkyrie’s Queen is Hildegarde, a fellow Valkyrie, and member of the Warriors Three.
It’ll be interesting to see if any other Valkyrie are also hanging out in various corners of the universe and possibly have been in hiding ashamed of their defeat at the hands of Hela.
Given the character is a blank slate it would be a given they could make her LGBTQ.
BALDER THE BRAVE: Yet another Asgardian sibling of Thor and is known to be impervious to damage and is the love interest of villainess Karnilla. It’s possible that he could attempt to lay claim to the throne of New Asgard.
He was the main antagonist in the recent God of War video game, which might light a fire with Marvel to consider finally including him in the franchise.
TANA NILE: A slightly obscure alien character that was created by Jack Kirby and was part of the Colonizer race.
While New Asgard has plenty of Asgardians there are likely a bunch of rescued aliens from Sakarr alongside Korg and Miek kicking around.
There was a piece of Colonizer concept art developed for Thor: The Dark World that never made it into the movie which looked a lot like Tana Nile.
BETA RAY BILL: He was teased via a statue on Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok and is an obvious addition to the film, however, with Jane Foster taking over the Thor mantle in Thor: Love and Thunder I’m not sure what the point would be to throw him into the mix.
It’ll be interesting to see what direction they’ll ultimately go, but will be fun to find out given that Taika has a boundless imagination.
Thor: Love and Thunder, is officially set for release on November 5th, 2021 and is expected to be the final installment in Phase 4.