Marvel Studios is reportedly gathering an Avengers-style cast for Thor 4,i.e, Thor: Love and Thunder; so here are some Marvel Cinematic Universe characters who could be in the list. Chris Hemsworth’s reign as the god of thunder looked like it’s deteriorating; but the response to Thor: Ragnarok helped strike a new direction. Writer-director Taika Waititi is back to make the fourth solo Thor film and it’s structuring to be even bigger than previous entries.

Thor 4 will see Hemsworth return as Thor Odinson and resume his storyline past Avengers: Endgame. Full story details for the upcoming movie are unknown, but Marvel has already begun assembling the ensemble. They confirmed Tessa Thompson’s return as Valkyrie back at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, which is also where Natalie Portman had chances to return as Jane Foster to become Mighty Thor. Christian Bale icould also appear in the list in an unknown role. Waititi has hinted that Thor’s relatively new friends Korg and Meik will be around too, but Thor: Love and Thunder is also inviting others from across the MCU.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Image: screenrant.com

The first known MCU character confirmed to be in Thor: Love and Thunder is Peter Quill aka Star-Lord. Chris Pratt’s return comes as a result of Thor catching a ride on the Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship at the end of Avengers: Endgame. With Thor 4 reportedly set to invite a cast that feels like Avengers 5, we can expect that Star-Lord will be one of many familiar faces to appear in the Phase 4 blockbuster. Marvel Studios has an increasing number of characters who could potentially be a part of Thor 4, but here are some who could fit into Waititi’s next cosmic adventure.

Rocket & Groot

With the return of Star-Lord for Thor 4, it is certain that other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy will also appear. The entire Guardians team has a chance to appear, but if there are some whose appearances are more probable, it is Rocket and Groot. Thor spent the bulk of Avengers: Infinity War with them both and his bond with Rocket grew even more during Endgame. If the Guardians are going to have a role, then Rocket and Groot’s past story with Thor makes them the favorites to witness.

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Rocket and Groot. Image: simplemost.com


There are also logical reasons favouring Rocket and Groot’s appearance into Thor 4. Both of the characters are CGI creations whose presence wouldn’t require Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel to appear on set to film. Instead, motion capture performers Sean Gunn and Terry Notary could portray them, with Cooper and Diesel dubbing their dialogues before or after production. With Diesel even seen in Australia ahead of shooting beginning, perhaps he’s already working to say “I am Groot” a few new ways.

Smart Hulk

If Thor 4 is assembling an Avengers-style cast, then what can be better than having another original member of the Avengers. Hulk and Thor’s relationship is a bit salty due to rivalry over who is stronger; but the introduction of Smart Hulk added a new layer. He might not be in the state of fighting anymore after the Infinity Stones fried his arm; but Smart Hulk became one of Thor’s most reliable allies. They’ve been tied together since Thor: Ragnarok, and since Smart Hulk doesn’t have a clear MCU future, a return in Thor: Love and Thunder could be a way to keep him around. Perhaps it could even lead to Thor appearing in She-Hulk either in this film or down the road.

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Smart Hulk. Image: polygon.com

Captain Marvel

Thor already has an affection for Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) after  Endgame; so she could appear in Thor: Love and Thunder. Exactly with what storyline would Captain Marvel factor in is an unknown fact; but she could fit with any potential cosmic storylines or even work with Valkyrie to protect New Asgard. Carol had an introduction to the latter in Endgame’s final battle. A reunion here could build chances for future alliances, such as the all-female Avengers movie. And if Carol encountered Mighty Thor during this process too, then Jane could be hired to such a team as well.

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Captain Marvel. Image: youtube.com

Doctor Strange

Thor already had less interactions with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Thor: Ragnarok. Though, the return of the Sorcerer Supreme for Thor 4 could have connections with bigger events. Phase 4 is structuring itself to heavily feature the multiverse and will see Strange appear in other projects before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This could include Thor 4, especially if theories about Mighty Thor entering from various sources turn out to be correct.

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Doctor Strange. Image: cbr.com

Eternals

If Marvel Studios really wants to make Thor: Love and Thunder like Avengers 5, then this could be a place for a potential crossover of new MCU characters. Based on the current Marvel slate, Eternals will release only a few months prior to Thor 4. The nearly with Earth and the cosmos. Although fans don’t know how Eternals concludes, having a few of the characters arrive in Thor 4 would be a smart way to strike up the Eternals’ roles in the larger universe. Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ikaris (Richard Madden), and Thena (Angelina Jolie) could be some of the characters to appear.

Loki

With bringing in characters from outside the Thor edition, Thor: Love and Thunder could also bring back Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. The god of mischief had good bonds with Thor at the end of Ragnarok; but then Thanos snapped his neck at the starting of Avengers: Infinity War. This certainly won’t be the end of Loki as he’s getting his own Disney+ series set in another timeline. And, there are already theories he’ll re-enter the main MCU timeline before too long. This would present Thor 4 with an opportunity to potentially explore Thor and Loki as allies yet again or continue to grow the trust between them.

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Loki. Image: overmental.com

Lady Sif

An Avengers level cast also means that Thor: Love and Thunder could help bring Jaimie Alexander back as Lady Sif. She was portraying as a love interest for Thor in the first two movies; but scheduling clashes kept Alexander from returning for Thor: Ragnarok. That looked like a blessing in disguise recognizing the quick and unceremonious deaths the Warriors Three received. Sif is still alive in the MCU and her whereabouts since Thor: The Dark World are still unbeknownst. But, Thor 4 is the perfect place to bring her back, with Alexander even working to become King Valkyrie’s queen.

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Lady Sif. Image: screenrant.com

Nick Fury

If Thor: Love and Thunder is going to have an Avengers feel to it, then it only looks sensible for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to appear. He has acted in every official Avengers movie with some entity. He has also featured in solo films for Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man. Although, Fury has never spent a lot of time with Thor. That could change now that Fury seems to be keeping his eyes on space and forming SWORD.

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Nick Fury. Image: movieweb.com

Eitri

Thor: Love and Thunder could also be a place for Peter Dinklage to come back as Eitri. He joined the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War and helped Thor develop his new favorite weapon Stormbreaker. Fans had expected Eitri’s return in Avengers: Endgame but that didn’t happen. With the probability of Mjolnir returning, Eitri could return in Thor 4 to recreate the hammer or build another powerful weapon for Thor to use.

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Eitri. Image: cbr.com