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Taika Waititi’s comedic masterpiece Thor: Ragnarok was a film that trimmed down everything that wasn’t working for the Thor franchise. Thor was totally redefined in every way, he lost his friends, his father, his hair, his hammer and most importantly his planet! Asgard is all gone, but since it is a people and not a place, Asgard is now 75% gone! But still, we know that some Asgardians did escape and could be headed to Earth being led by Valkyrie.
So just like in the comics, Earth could very well become the new home for the refugee Asgardians. They could set up their own place probably in Norway. Given that Thor has saved the planet time and time again, the people of Earth will surely accept the Asgardians that are clearly in need of help. Well, we could actually have humans blending in with the Asgardians, or vice versa. How that could happen was actually teased in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In the first solo Spider-Man film, we heard Happy throw in a reference to Thor’s Magic Belt. Asgardian weapons have usually proven to be immensely powerful. The likes of Mjolnir and Stormbreaker cannot be wielded by mere mortal humans as those weapons are made out of Uru metal. The Powers of those weapons will push the minds of humans into the eternal abyss. But not all Asgardian Weapons fall into that category. Marvel comics have proven that there are some Asgardian Artefacts and weapons that can be wielded by humans.
With these Artifacts, humans actually get Asgardian magical powers and become as Mighty as the God of Thunder. This is how Thor’s magic belt referenced in Homecoming ties in. Known as the Megingjörð in Norse Mythology, the name of this Asgardian Artefact translates to “power belt,” and as the name suggests, it gives the wearer even double the strength that Thor has. Not just that, the Megingjörð even gave an unworthy human the power to lift Mjolnir. To prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, Odin actually stored it in his vault while Thor wasn’t using it.
The Megingjörð actually provides various story adaptations that could be brought to the big screen. One of the most popular ones was when the magic belt gave the Earthling, Eric Masterson the power to wield a weapon called Thunderstrike. He eventually adopted the name of this weapon and event went as Thor for a little while. So this is how the Thor franchise could continue after Thor 4.
It has been teased multiple times that Taika Waititi could return for a Thor 4, so don’t be surprised if it gets announced after Avengers: Endgame comes out. Don’t expect Megingjörð to be featured in Endgame as that could be a set up for the future. The funny thing is that we have already seen a human wield an Asgardian weapon in the MCU. Agents of SHIELD brought the Berserker Staff into the picture, and we saw that the human wielding it was granted with enhanced strength. As the name suggests, it does that by forcing its bearer to face all their greatest pain, breaking the person into a berserker rage. Imagine if Hulk somehow got his hands on that. It would be the end of worlds.
Nevertheless, the point being made here is that humans could actually get Asgardian powers, and blend in with them, instead of the opposite happening when they arrive on Earth.
It would be interesting to see where Taika Waititi takes the franchise if Thor 4 gets greenlit. It may or may not be a space adventure like the previous movie was, since Asgard is deemed to exist on Earth now. Whatever happens, we know that Thor 4 will be in great hands once it gets announced. Also, we’d surely wanna see the Hulk return in the franchise as well. Hopefully, Thor and Hulk survive the Endgame for that to happen.