With Thor 4, Marvel Studios is putting themselves at risk of using the same MCU multiverse plot point. And they’re doing so in three successive MCU Phase 4 films. The multiverse is a recurring theme in the current MCU phase. The multiverse was first introduced by Loki, and an animated anthology called What If…? followed it up with tales from various alternate realities. After that, Spider-Man: No Way Home brought together all three versions of Spider-Man to demonstrate the infinite universe’s potential. For 20 years, the web crawler has been a part of cinematic history thanks to Loki’s multiverse explosion.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the follow-up to NWH, promises to further explore the concept of the multiverse. This is something that was hinted at in the film’s first trailer. In the trailer, fans saw Stephen Strange meeting two different variants of himself. No Way Home may sound familiar on paper. However, Benedict Cumberbatch playing three different versions of Strange, sets it apart from the Spider-Man MCU movie sequel. Notwithstanding, one of whom is a villain.
Thor: Love and Thunder, on the other hand, runs the risk of exceeding Marvel’s repetition limit. It is based on Jason Aaron’s The God Butcher comic book run, which features three different Thors. A major plot point in three consecutive Phase 4 films if Marvel Studios accurately adapts the God Butcher storyline.
As depicted by Christian Bale in Love and Thunder, Gorr (an alien from an unknown world) is on a mission to annihilate all of the gods in the universe because he believes they are unworthy of our respect. On his journey, he comes into contact with Thor three times. The main timeline Thor calls on is the help of both a younger and older version of himself when Gorr proves to be too powerful to defeat.
For the third time in a row, Marvel Studios could feature three different versions of Thor in a Phase 4 film. This will be noticed by both audiences and critics, and any positive aspects of the film will be overshadowed by complaints about its repetition. Reviews and word-of-mouth will suffer because of this decision, which will have a negative impact on the financial success of Love and Thunder. Even if Marvel Studios are experiencing a creative lull, trying to pull off this tactic for the third time might give the impression that they are.
Marvel Studios appears to have avoided this blunder, based on a few small details. Marvel Studios has avoided mistakes like this in the past because they’re too obvious. Also in Love and Thunder, Jane Foster will take on the role of The Mighty Thor. Rather than using three different variants of Thor Odinson, Marvel may choose to use Hemsworth, Portman, and an Odin variant, or even protagonists like Beta Ray Bill and Hercules. This summer’s Thor: Love and Thunder is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated MCU films of 2022, and it has a lot to unpack for fans to digest.