Thor may have passed the leadership of New Asgard over to Valkyrie at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but he still has a future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The God of Thunder was last seen boarding a ship with the Guardians of the Galaxy and getting into a passive-aggressive argument with Star-Lord over who would be team leader (Peter won - sort of).
Chris Hemsworth's Thor is one third of the MCU's trinity of principal superheroes - that is to say, heroes who have been around since Phase 1, and who have had their own standalone trilogies in addition to team-ups. It's safe to say that the focus of the MCU will be different going forward, but there's still a place in the universe for the former king of Asgard and New Asgard.
Marvel Studios has so far been trying to keep the future of the MCU under wraps, though we know about projects like Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Black Panther 2, and of course the next movie in the franchise, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Barring any big surprises, Thor probably isn't going to show up in that last one, but here's where we think Phase 4 of the MCU could take him.
Chris Hemsworth's Current Marvel Contract Isn't Known
One of the best ways to forecast the future of MCU actors is by looking at their contracts. Hemsworth originally signed up to star in five Marvel movies in 2010, and according to THR, he renegotiated his contract in 2017. This contract was in the $15-20 million range, and covered his roles in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Speaking in January 2018, Hemsworth confirmed that this contract was only for the two final Avengers movies, and didn't include anything in Phase 4. However, he also said that working on Thor: Ragnarok with director Taika Waititi - considered by many fans to be the best of the Thor movies so far - had given him a "renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm."
Unlike Iron Man and Captain America, who have both been effectively written out of the MCU, Thor's farewell in Endgame clearly sets him up for a new role in Phase 4. If he suddenly vanished from the franchise and never showed up again it would feel very strange. So, while we don't yet know if Hemsworth has already negotiated a new contract for Phase 4, there's every indication that he plans to continue being a part of MCU.
Thor Can Join Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is back on track with James Gunn returning to direct, it's a pretty safe bet that this is where we'll see Thor next. At the end of Avengers: Endgame he joined the Guardians on the Benatar and declared them to be the "Asgardians of the Galaxy." Though Peter Quill probably isn't going to let that team name stick, Thor is a natural fit for the humor and cosmic setting of the Guardians movies. In particular he seems to get on well with his "sweet rabbit" Rocket, with whom he's now been on two missions.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to begin filming in 2020, which means that a 2021 release date is possible, but 2022 is more likely. Thor could potentially pop up in the Loki TV series that's currently in development for Disney+, since Hemsworth seems to enjoy working on smaller MCU projects outside of the movies (see also: Team Thor). As for his next solo movie, though, that may still be some way off - if it happens at all.
Thor Can Also Return For Thor 4
Though we've heard about several projects that Marvel Studios definitely has in the pipeline for the MCU Phase 4, we notably haven't heard anything concrete about the three existing trilogies - Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor - getting a fourth entry. Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson has said she heard about a pitch for Thor 4, adding, "I think the idea is Taika would come back" to direct it. This would make sense, since Thor: Ragnarok grossed a massive $853 million worldwide, far outstripping the two previous movies, and most fans loved Waititi's bold, '80s-inspired take on the material.
A side effect of Waititi being everyone's favorite rising star director, however, is that he's very in-demand. He's preparing to release a comedy film called Jojo Rabbit, directed an episode of upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, and will begin filming his live-action adaptation of Akira in July for a May 2021 release date. Given both Waititi's busy schedule and Marvel's busy slate, it will probably be a while before we here anything about Thor 4, but it seems unlikely that Marvel would abandon this solo franchise entirely after Ragnarok's success.
Thor Could Be The Main OG Avenger In Future Team-Ups
After the staggering lineup and epic scale of Avengers: Endgame, it's hard to imagine how Marvel Studios would even begin to approach making Avengers 5 - especially since half of the original Avengers are either dead or retired (more than half, if Hawkeye's retirement actually sticks this time). If another Avengers movie does happen then the lineup will be very different, most likely featuring newer characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man. However, there could still be an OG Avenger or two in the mix to show the new kids the ropes - and Thor is a prime candidate, along with his buddy Bruce Banner.
Hulk unfortunately is still prohibited from starring in his own solo movies, but he paired well with Thor in Ragnarok and, of the six original Avengers, these two seem like the most likely to return in a future Avengers movie. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: Homecoming have all demonstrated how well having superheroes play supporting roles in each other's solo movies can work, so Thor's team ups don't necessarily need to be restricted to Guardians and Avengers movies. He could also pop up in a Captain Marvel sequel, or perhaps even be a new mentor figure for Peter Parker, now that Tony Stark is gone.
The one thing we're most certain of at this point is that Thor has a future in the MCU, and with Valkyrie running New Asgard he's no longer tied down to protecting his home world. The possibilities for the God of Thunder are endless - and it will definitely be exciting to see what he does with his hair and beard next.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019