With the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor becomes the first superhero to receive four solo films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among the other original Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America had three. But as the film’s release approaches, many have been wondering if Thor will be around MCU much longer. Chris himself has hinted that this could be his last Marvel movie. In a recent press event for the film, Marvel movies boss Kevin Feige spoke about Thor’s future. Also read: Chris Hemsworth Says Thor Love and Thunder Could Be His Last Marvel Movie

Hindustan Times attended the global press conference of Thor: Love and Thunder held Friday evening. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Christian Bale were joined by director Taika Waititi and producer Kevin Feige. The team asked questions about the film and the franchise in general.

On a certain moment, Kevin Feige, who heads Marvel Studios, was asked about Thor’s future in the MCU after Love and Thunder. He replied, “Well, there are those things called comic books that have a lot of stories. And that’s where all our stories come from. And the question is, ‘Have you told all the great Thor stories from the comics and movies?’ The answer is no. There are many.”

Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor in a promotional film for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor in a promotional film for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Kevin didn’t specify whether that meant Chris Hemsworth’s stories will feature Thor or not, but he hinted that the franchise plans to look at other versions and iterations of the character. He added: “I’ve always said that our interest in creating additional stories has somewhat to do with continuing the character. It’s almost all about continuing the experience with the actor and being able to see… I think of all of our cast, not as their individual characters, but as the Marvel players that can grow and evolve and change within that character, and if we take the comics as our guide, there are plenty of other incarnations of Thor that we have yet to see.”

One of the other incarnations Kevin mentions will be featured in Love and Thunder itself, as Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will transform into the Mighty Thor, a character Marvel Comics has already seen. The MCU also briefly glimpsed at least one other Thor in the recent Disney+ series Loki. A stray Easter egg in the show depicted a frog version of Thor. In the comics, the character Throg (real name Simon Walterson) has been around for quite some time.

Loki featured a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance of Throg, the frog version of Thor from Marvel Comics.
Loki featured a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance of Throg, the frog version of Thor from Marvel Comics.

Kevin’s comments hint that MCU may be getting ready to pass Chris the hatchet to a new Thor, just as it has done for other great Avengers. In Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the mantle of Captain America passed from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Likewise, Kate Bishop is also being set up as the new Hawkeye. There is speculation that She Hulk will see Tatiana Maslany’s character step up to the board to replace Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. While Florence Pugh takes over from Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. Also read: Natalie Portman Accidentally Shares ‘Big Spoiler’ About Thor: Love and Thunder

With phase 4 of the MCU halfway through, Marvel Studios building the next generation of superheroes has come to play a more central role. This could mean Chris Hemsworth being replaced as Thor by another version of the character. Whether that’s Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor or a completely different character remains to be seen. Much of that will be answered when Thor: Love and Thunder hits the screens on July 7 in India. But one thing is certain. In its intertwined web of series and movies, Marvel has enough characters and plots to keep viewers busy for years to come.

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