As we gear up for Phase Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Widow, we’ve been given a gift with the announcement of Thor 4 coming our way. Since the next arc in the series isn’t even close to having shape or form, we have our wishlist for the newest installment based on what we saw in the first three parts.
With Taika Waititi back at the helm, the ball is in his and Marvel’s court to provide us with the next perfect movie in the franchise. In order to have this come to pass, here are 10 things we want to see in Thor 4 that should make it an unparalleled success.
10 Old Villains Team-Up
Hela was the kind of villain you don’t want to see just once, and with her familial association with Thor, it makes total sense to bring her back. Meanwhile, a past version of Loki survived in Avengers: Endgame, opening up the possibility for him to return as a bad guy once more.
While we don’t want Hela and Loki to be the main baddies in Thor 4, we do want to see them team up for whatever reasons they might have. In Thor: Ragnarok, Loki teamed up with his big brother to fight their big sister; flipping this around just seems like a great story to be told.
9 An Awesome Soundtrack
If you happen to just glance at a Thor: Ragnarok poster, your mind instantly blasts on the Immigrant Song in your eardrums, as this song was synonymous with the movie. In fact, the song was one of the reasons people were so hyped for Ragnarok in the first place.
As Taika Waititi was stupendous in his choices for the soundtrack for the previous movie, we have full faith he will bring out the big guns for Thor 4 as well. The main song needs to be something around the lines of Immigrant Song: one that pumps us up to go watch this film, as well as featured in the fight against the main villain.
8 A Power-Up Scene
We thought we’d seen all Thor had to offer in terms of power by Ragnarok, only for Avengers: Infinity War to give us a more powered-up version who had control of the Bifrost and killed Thanos with the Stormbreaker.
Along the same lines, Thor 4 can’t very well have the God of Thunder be the same in terms of power, not when many people are sour that Avengers: Endgame portrayed him as very weak from before. It shouldn’t be too hard to have this power-up scene, either; it could be introduced at the point where Thor finally gets back into peak shape.
7 A Bromance Angle
Iron Man had War Machine, Captain America had The Winter Solider, Thor had... nobody in the first two films. This changed in Thor: Ragnarok, when he finally found a bro for himself in Bruce Banner, and their bromance was lovely to watch unfold.
Most likely, Thor 4 will not feature Banner, especially considering he’s supposed to be Professor Hulk now. This leaves out the possibility of a new character to become Thor’s buddy. In an ideal world, this spot would be filled by Rocket Raccoon, but we’ll settle for anyone as long as it is chemistry-filled like the dynamic Thor had with Bruce.
6 Worlds Beyond The Nine Realms
The first two Thor movies stressed greatly about the nine realms, and the third one featured just the one new planet in Sakaar. Now that Asgard is destroyed, we don’t need to hang around these realms anymore, and it is high time we saw Thor head on further.
A place like Xandar would do wonders in showcasing just how far-reaching the MCU is, although we’d also like for Thor to go to completely new worlds in deep space. Introducing an entirely new planet or race will make Thor 4 a shoo-in to be the most memorable film in the franchise.
5 Fat Thor
Lots of folks complained about how shots were taken at Thor’s larger physique in Avengers: Endgame, but we understood that it was meant to illustrate his depression. And in order to continue Thor’s change in character, he needs to start off as "Fat Thor."
Thor also looked pretty badass during the Battle of Earth when he was suited up and held both of his prized weapons. Thor 4 should begin with the hero still out of shape, but the film’s events will prompt him to get back into gear and come out with a new look, thereby proving he’s gotten through his depression.
4 Loads Of Comedy
Before Thor: Ragnarok, there were more fans of Loki than there were of Thor, and the main reason for that was because Loki was actually funny while Thor was more or less quite boring in personality.
He was finally injected with a whole lot of life as he took his comedic turn, and Thor 4 should up the ante with its jokes in order to surpass Ragnarok as the most fun film in the MCU. Now that the somber storyline of Asgard’s destruction is out of the way, the only way is up for the next film to deliver jokes on a grand scale.
3 Cosmic Beings
We had so many supremely powerful beings in the previous film like Hela, Loki, Hulk, Surtur, Fenris, and Valkyrie. All these characters with extreme power scales made the movie feel like a huge deal, but Thor 4 needs to aim higher than that.
It should be the film that introduces a cosmic entity in full. We’re talking a mega-powerful character the likes of Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. One who doesn’t need to be a bad guy, but displays just how many incredible beings there are still left to be seen in the MCU.
2 Cameos From The Avengers
Like we said before, we’d love to see Bruce Banner return with Thor for his newest adventure, but if that’s not possible, the next best thing is to at least have the film feature a cameo or two from the Avengers.
This isn’t just because we want our fandom kicks, but because it would stress the importance of the Avengers’ fight in bringing the universe back to life after Thanos’ Snap. If nothing else, a cameo like the one we saw from the Loki-projected Captain America would be awesome; this time, we’d love to see him pretend to be Iron Man.
1 A New Villain Not Related To Thor
It was proven in the last film that the best villains for Thor are those whom he’s closely related. Both Hela and Loki were his siblings and among the very best villains in the MCU as a whole, but we don’t think yet another family villain is the way to go.
In its place, Taika should look into righting the wrongs of Thor: The Dark World, where an unrelated villain was featured, and better that effort by bringing in a distinct baddie. Since we’re hoping Thor doesn’t restrict himself to the nine realms in this movie, the hope is he might fight someone like Adam Warlock or Beta Ray Bill, both of whom are around his ballpark but will have different origins in the MCU.