While much of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still under wraps for the moment, Thor 4 seems all but certain to be part of the slate. According to a recent report, the film will reunite star Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi for a follow-up to the fan-favorite Thor: Ragnarok. Of course, no details from the film's story have been revealed yet -- but we still have an idea of where things could go.
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the God of Thunder was last seen heading off into space alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. And while an adventure with Marvel's foremost team of cosmic superheroes may take place in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there is a different team we'd like to see in Thor 4.
With everything we have seen in the MCU so far, with all that we know is possible, we believe it's time for the God of Thunder's next film to bring in the Thor Corps.
What Is the Thor Corps?
The original Thor Corps was created when Tom DeFalco and Pat Ollife brough together several thunder gods from across time and space during their run on Thor in the '90s. In writer Jason Aaron's sprawling Thor saga, the Thor Corps received a modern update that featured versions of the Odinson from different points in his life.
In the 2012 Thor: God of Thunder series, which was illustrated by Esad Ribic, Thor faced off against Gorr the God Butcher, an enemy whose power and menace proved too great for one Thor to defeat. Thankfully, he wasn't alone. The series brought in King Thor, an older version of the character from the future, as well as Viking Thor, the young, brash version of the Asgardian from the past, to fight alongside present day Thor in a stunning display of lightning that eventually defeated the God Butcher.
The story became an instant classic and fan-favorite, in no small part because of its its ingenious mix of these old and new Thors. What's more, the idea would be taken even further in 2015, in the Secret Wars Battleworld tie-in miniseries Thors, written by Aaron and illustrated by Chris Sprouse. The series brought multiple Thors from the multiverse together in one book, from Jane Foster and Beta Ray Bill to Throg, King Thor and many others.
The idea of the Thor Corps was so resonant that it was revisited again in Aaron and Russell Dauterman's recently concluded War of the Realms, which brought present Thor, Viking Thor and King Thor together again, with the added presence of Jane Foster's War Thor.
The MCU Is Already Primed for Multiple Thor
Now, given that Avengers: Endgame has introduced the idea of time-travel to the MCU, all bets are off as far as possible storylines go. In fact, the film briefly introduced the idea of multiple Thors, when Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder traveled back in time to 2013 and saw his younger, Thor: The Dark World self in Asgard.
Therefore, Waititi's Thor 4 could easily see Thor use those events as inspiration to bring in multiple versions of himself from the time stream to battle a new, terrible foe.
In Waititi's hands, such an assembly would not only be epic, but hilarious as well. In Ragnarok, the director showed that he was great a juggling team dynamics with a group that included Valkyrie, Thor, Loki and Hulk. Now, things could be taken even further by featuring a whole team of Thors. Chris Hemsworth has also shown that he excels at embodying various iterations of his character, from the vain to the humble, and from the depressed to the heroic. We're certain he would be up to the challenge of bringing all of these characters together in one film.
And it doesn't even have to stop there. In fact, if Thor 4 introduces Beta Ray Bill or even dares to actually go into the Multiverse, then we could see even more Thors share the screen in an epic, thunderous film.
Seriously, who needs the Avengers, when you could have an entire legion of God of Thunders?
Both Waititi and Thor star Chris Hemsworth appear in Avengers: Endgame, which also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is set for release on Digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on August 13.