This year’s release of Love & Thunder would not have been possible if Captain America and Vision hadn’t been involved. This will be Thor’s fourth solo film, the most of any Marvel Comics character. It would perfectly complement his status as a legendary god. This may be true. However, it doesn’t alter the fact that this fourth movie would have been impossible without the help of two former Avengers teammates.
With the character evidently abandoned after the second film in the collection, Thor: The Dark World, Jane Foster will be reintroduced in Love & Thunder. As a result of some issues with how her character was managed and a few disagreements with Marvel Studios, Natalie Portman has decided not only to return but also to do so as Mjolnir, the god of thunder.
In order to make this storyline possible, both Vision and Cap had previously used the magical weapon. Even in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where the hammer was handed to him by Vision without any thought to how it would make Thor feel, the character proved himself worthy of Mjolnir. Captain America then famously used Mjolnir to fight Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. This had been teased since he nudged the hammer back in Ultron.
To a large extent, Thor’s storyline in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established him as a smug brat. He was proud of his strength and felt powerful because of Mjolnir’s ability to wield it. Thor has had to face himself multiple times without the hammer and power, creating a truly complicated character. Thor and the Avengers were left speechless by Vision’s handling of Mjolnir. After this, the character was forced to look at himself in the mirror when someone else was holding the hammer.
When Captain America uses Mjolnir years later, Thor smiles and says, “I knew it”. Mjolnir doesn’t define him as he grows from a selfish and arrogant heir to a self-assured hero. Ultimately, it is because of Jane’s growth throughout the series that she is able to assume leadership in Love & Thunder.
Since the beginning of the MCU, Thor has been one of the most well-rounded characters. Because he is constantly challenged and grows as a character in each film, he never has a single epiphanic moment where he becomes the ideal hero. In Thor: Love & Thunder, the hero’s learned self-assurance finally allowed him to share the spotlight.