The recent Marvel Studios trend of uniting merch characters in one hero’s solo sequel continues with Thor 4. The most recent example of this was in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange appeared. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will join Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange 2 next month, continuing the trend.
This is a method that has been used before in the Thor movies as well. After Hawkeye and Captain America appeared in the first two films as cameos, Thor: Ragnarok introduced Hulk as a prominent supporting actor.
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, the sequel Thor: Love and Thunder will pick up where that film left off with the title character, which means Chris Hemsworth and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast will appear alongside him. It was a surprise to the man in charge when Thor hinted that he was going to be an “Asgardian” in Endgame.
Thor 4’s God of Thunder appears to be more integrated into the Guardians of the Galaxy merch than previously thought, even if it has taken some time for Bro-Thor to get back into shape.
Thor: Love and Thunder will feature a “Ravager Thor” version of Chris Hemsworth’s Marvel hero, as revealed by a new Hasbro figure.
It wasn’t long before the two groups reunited at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that they had fought against each other. In 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill betrayed the Ravagers in search of the Power Stone’s containment unit, the Orb.
In the final battle of that film, the two groups would form a common enemy alliance. However, they would remain on opposing sides at the end of Vol. 1. When Yondu and the Guardians became friends in Vol. 2, it caused a rift among the Ravagers. They put aside their differences to attend the funeral of the whistling warrior after that mini-civil war and Yondu’s subsequent sacrifice. However, in Avengers: Endgame, both the Guardians and the Ravagers briefly shared the battlefield against Thanos.
If the Ravagers count Thor as one of their own, it’s safe to assume that they have good relations with the Guardians of the Galaxy. At times, the two factions have fought, but have always put their differences to one side in the service of the greater good.
When it comes to Love and Thunder, the presence of “Ravager” Thor makes peace between the Guardians and the Ravagers more likely. This is so given that the film’s beginning is likely to be at the beginning.
As a result, the fact that Thor is now being referred to as a “Ravager” rather than a “Guardian” is jarring. That’s not to say that Star-Lord and the Mighty One didn’t have their moments of arguing in Avengers: Infinity War. This product suggests that the two sides will unite rather than come to terms.
We already have several factions within the Ravager Clan, and it may be time to include the Guardians. It’s possible that the God of Thunder could play a role in bringing all of the parties together.