While Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. were very open about leaving the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, Chris Hemsworth hadn’t spoken as definitively. According to Variety, the actor said, “There will come a day [when I’ll play Thor again]. Whether it’s now or in the future, I don’t know...Who knows what the future holds? I don’t know, there could be remakes, sequels, prequel – who knows?”
So, he’s not done playing Thor, but he’s not not done playing Thor. Since Thor’s place in the MCU going forward is anyone’s guess, here are 10 Possibilities For The God Of Thunder’s MCU Future.
10 Thor 4
Until Taika Waititi came along to deliver a bright, colorful, insane comedy in the form of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor was the MCU character with the weakest solo movies. Since Ragnarok, there have been no plans to make a fourth installment in Thor’s standalone series.
According to Tessa Thompson, Waititi has discussed ideas for a potential Thor 4, and the fans certainly want it. Whatever Thor 4 entails, it will likely look into the future, incorporating Valkyrie and Korg and New Asgard and Loki’s new multiverse timeline, and not into the past, dwelling on the Jane Foster romance and Erik Selvig.
9 Joining the Guardians of the Galaxy
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, the Guardians of the Galaxy stopped off at New Asgard on their way back to space after Tony Stark’s funeral. Thor boarded the ship, suggesting that he will join the team on their adventures. His rivalry with Star-Lord and his established relationships with Groot and Rocket – or, as he calls him, “Rabbit” – set this up to be something really great.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seems as though it will revolve around a combination of the search for Gamora, the fight against Adam Warlock, and the completion of Rocket’s character arc, so adding Thor might make it a little busy – but it would certainly be a lot of fun.
8 A Valkyrie movie
Ever since her introduction in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie has become one of the MCU’s most popular characters – and this was only solidified when she reappeared in Avengers: Endgame and kicked some serious ass in the final battle. She has her own Pegasus, she’s one of the most powerful warriors in the franchise, and she was just appointed the ruler of New Asgard.
Plus, a deleted scene from Thor: Ragnarok revealed her to be openly bisexual, making her technically the first openly LGBTQ character in the MCU. She deserves her own movie – and that movie could feature a supporting role filled by Thor.
7 Fighting Wolverine
When Chris Hemsworth was asked if he’d like to see Thor take on any of Marvel Studios’ newly acquired characters from the Fox/Disney merger, he said, “I mean, Wolverine, just because I love that character, you know what I mean? I just love Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, he died in the last movie, didn’t he?”
When he was told that Wolverine has died and come back to life numerous times in the comics, Hemsworth added, “We can bring him back to life...Now that you’ve informed me that it’s a possibility, I’m going to get on the phone and try to coax him over or convince him and see if he has one more in him.”
6 Captain Marvel 2
Thor and Captain Marvel shared a brief, but telling moment in Avengers: Endgame. It was near the beginning of the movie, right after Captain Marvel had showed up and the Avengers were trying to figure out what to do about Thanos’ devastating finger-snap and Thor was depressed about missing the opportunity to prevent it.
Thor confronted Captain Marvel, summoned Stormbreaker right next to her, and when she didn’t flinch as the powerful axe came flying past the side of her head, he said, “I like this one.” This easily could’ve been teasing a future team-up of these two awesome characters.
5 Another movie with the Hulk
Since Marvel can only make a Hulk movie if it’s technically someone else’s movie, they had to adapt the “Planet Hulk” storyline as a Thor movie with the Hulk’s gladiatorial career on Sakaar as a subplot. As long as Thor and the Hulk still share the chemistry they had and the relationship they built in that movie, why not make the Hulk’s next movie a Thor movie, too?
This one could tackle another major Hulk storyline from the comics, like “World War Hulk,” under the guise of a Thor movie. This would give Hemsworth less of a commitment to make, as he’d be sharing the load, which is another plus.
4 Passing on the torch
One of the greatest moments in Avengers: Endgame – and arguably the one that was most shocking and therefore best left unspoiled – is when Captain America lifted Mjolnir in his attack on Thanos. This introduced the idea that anyone – whether they’re an Asgardian warrior or simply an intrepid American super-soldier – could be deemed “worthy” of taking up Thor’s hammer.
In the comics, a bunch of people have lifted Mjolnir and taken up Thor’s mantle, so there’s nothing stopping someone from doing that in the movies. Hemsworth could appear briefly to pass on the torch, and then he could still be in MCU movies, just not in the same capacity.
3 Thor and the Warriors Three trilogy
Zachary Levi got MCU fans excited during his press tour for DCEU’s Shazam! of all things when he expressed his desire to star alongside Chris Hemsworth in a trilogy about Thor’s adventures with the Warriors Three. He said, “I just don’t think those characters were quite utilized to the best of their abilities.
Thor and the Warriors Three could have been a really cool little trilogy of team movies, and we didn’t really have that much impact. Particularly not in Ragnarok – I mean, I didn’t even have a line.” With Shazam! getting a sequel, this one seems unlikely, but it could be a neat little Lord of the Rings-style trilogy that plays with the Norse mythology in fascinating, cinematic ways.
2 Avengers 5
Since the Avengers disbanded at the end of Endgame and Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow aren’t around anymore, MCU fans are wondering if the Avengers movies are over. However, the team could easily be replaced by a new Avengers roster, with the likes of Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Sam Wilson as Cap making up the line-up.
People love the Avengers movies too much to let them die, and they’re a great way to pair up MCU characters who normally wouldn’t be in the same movie such as War Machine and Nebula or Ant-Man and “Smart Hulk,” so a fifth Avengers film is certainly in order, and Thor has to make an appearance.
1 Something we really can’t anticipate
While the first couple of Thor movies and the first couple of Avengers movies gave us a pretty generic portrait of the God of Thunder – so generic, in fact, that even Chris Hemsworth got bored of him – the later movies have proven that we really can’t expect what Thor’s going to do next.
Ragnarok gave us a comically arrogant Thor who lost Mjolnir and met up with the Hulk as an enslaved gladiator on Sakaar. Infinity War gave us a Thor/Rocket/Groot team-up that led to a brand new weapon forged from a star and the most badass battle entrance in the MCU yet. And Endgame gave us “Lebowski Thor,” the overweight alcoholic who chugs beer and wears Dude-like cardigans and sunglasses. So, we probably can’t expect what will happen with him next.