Matt Damon to Return for Thor: Love and Thunder
You like space apples? According to a report from The New Zealand Herald, actor Matt Damon is currently in COVID-19 quarantine in Sydney, Australia. Recently, after spending time with his bestie, Ben Affleck, in Los Angeles, California, Damon landed in the Land Down Under ahead of production for the upcoming fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor series, Thor: Love and Thunder.
After the actor’s awesome cameo in the last Thor movie, the news leaves me wanting more. How do you like them space apples?
Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Love and Thunder will be written and directed by Taika Waititi, who also wrote and directed the third movie in the series, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok – which is one of the BEST MCU movies to date, at least in this humble reporter’s opinion.
Matt Damon first appeared in the MCU in Ragnarok, thanks to a brief cameo. Damon portrays a stage actor in the role of a lifetime, Loki, for an in-universe play that is being produced by the God of Mischief himself (hence the stunt casting of movie star Damon as Loki).
The scene includes several other meta-jokes in its casting, as the stage role of Thor is played by Thor Odinson actor Chris Hemsworth’s real-world older brother, Luke Hemsworth, and Sam Neill (who previously worked with Waititi on the 2016 movie The Hunt for the Wilderpeople) portrays the in-universe actor playing the Asgardian patriarch, Odin (whose real-self was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the MCU).
What Does Damon’s Return to Thor EVEN Mean??????
Just what Damon’s return in Thor: Love and Thunder might imply remains to be seen. While the MCU’s legitimate Loki, played by Tom Hiddleson, died in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, a splinter-timeline in which the God of Mischief survives is being explored in the upcoming Disney+ series, Loki, although it is unclear what connection (if any) exists between the streaming Disney+ series and the upcoming movie.
Thor: Love and Thunder will feature Natalie Portman in the role of Jane Foster, who will be picking up Mjonir and claiming the mantel of “Thor” herself in the fourth movie. Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson will be returning as Valkyrie, the King of Asgard. And hopefully, the two female warriors will be joined by Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif, who is also returning for the film.
The last time we saw Hemsworth’s Odinson at the end of Endgame, he was heading off with the Guardians of the Galaxy – which is likely why Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Sean Gunn (Rocket’s body double/Kraglin), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis) are also appearing in the movie. And on top of all that star power, Christian Bale will be making his MCU debut as the movie’s villain.