What's next for Chris Hemsworth's Thor in the MCU?

Avengers: Endgame dir. Anthony and Joe Russo 2019

Chis Hemsworth continues to impress audiences as Thor, but what's in store for phase four?

* *WARNING: AVENGERS: ENDGAME SPOILERS* *

Chris Hemsworth is one of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood at the moment and none of his characters has proven more crowd-pleasing than Thor, God of Thunder. He first appeared in MCU's phase one back in 2011, receiving his own solo-effort - Kenneth Branagh's Thor - back before The Avengers had been released. During this time, it was all about establishing the heroes, and fortunately, Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger proved to be significant successes. However, Thor is still generally considered the least satisfying origin story of the central Avengers cast.

With Thor, it took a while to settle on a preferred tone. The 2013 sequel - Thor: The Dark World - felt like only a slight improvement on the first, and the series was in dire need to reevaluation. Fortunately, Marvel Studios took a chance on Taika Waititi - the director of Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople - and the character and his world's true potential were wholeheartedly explored. Since Thor: Ragnarok, he has been a hilarious and fond favourite, also providing one of the most satisfying turns in Avengers: Endgame. So, what's next?

In the first act of Avengers: Endgame, Thor was wracked with guilt, blaming Thanos' triumph solely upon his own failure to beat him in battle. Hellbent on revenge, he is the one to decapitate the mad titan when they descend upon his farm, which of course, brings him no joy or closure.

Five years into the future and he's become a heavy-drinking, shut-away slob; his perspective and laid-back attitude providing the film with much of its comedic tone. However, he also undergoes a transformation, and in wake of the final act, it's clear that Thor possesses the most potential for the MCU's comedic direction. 

We bid our farewell to him as he boards Rocket's ship with the Guardians of the Galaxy gang. Following a humorous exchange between him and Star-Lord as they bicker concerning who's in charge, it becomes apparent that the studios must be way too tempted to have Thor join Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Narrative details haven't been provided yet, but after that, it looks like he'll be a crew member in the upcoming sequel, and a very welcome one too.

As for Thor 4, it was revealed just before Avengers: Endgame that it had been pitched with Waititi at the helm. The news came from Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), so let's just hope that both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Thor 4 deliver for fans of the hilarious God of Thunder. Phase four is incoming. 

In other news, check out our spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame.

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