The Thor 4 release date is officially announced. One of the Original Six Avengers, the God of Thunder already starred in his own solo trilogy, reaching new levels of popularity with 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. While the first two standalone Thor films were modest successes (particularly by Marvel standards), Ragnarok was a bona fide hit, earning widespread critical acclaim and grossing $854 million at the worldwide box office. It rejuvenated the Thor character within the MCU, and many fans were excited to see his story continue.
After the franchise-altering events of Avengers: Endgame, Thor is one of the few Original Six members who still can go on more adventures. He was last seen with the Guardians of the Galaxy, continuing his playful banter with Star-Lord, but he has another solo movie on the way. Earlier this week, it was revealed Ragnarok director Taika Waititi was returning to direct Thor 4, which will surely be one of the most anticipated Phase 4 titles on Marvel's slate. Now, fans know when they'll be able to see it.
During their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios announced Thor 4 will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder is one of five Phase 4 films Marvel confirmed at Comic-Con. It was also announced Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson would be reprising their roles, and Natalie Portman is making a surprise return as Lady Thor. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most-anticipated Phase 4 projects amongst fans, especially given how well-received Waititi's Ragnarok was. The quirky indie filmmaker helped the Thor sub-franchise get out of the doldrums with a colorful, funny, Flash Gordon-inspired riff on the mythos that clearly connected with a lot of people. And as one can see from the Thor: Love and Thunder title card, the tone should be similar to that of Ragnarok. It definitely has that 1980s rock vibe, and it'll be fun to see what Waititi cooks up for Marvel this time.
There was a point in the MCU's history when Thor having a longer-running solo series than Iron Man or Captain America seemed laughably farfetched. Remember, Thor: The Dark World is seen by many as one of the lesser MCU films, but the God of Thunder got a new lease on life thanks to Ragnarok. That film, combined with Infinity War and Endgame, arguably made Thor more popular than he's ever been, and Marvel is smart to capitalize on that. Plus, Valkyrie was a fast fan-favorite in Ragnarok, so it'll be great to see what's in store for her as well. For many reasons, Thor: Love and Thunder is going to be one of the biggest Marvel movies in the next couple of years.
Source: Marvel Studios