Last we saw Thor, we jumped onboard the Benatar with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We thought that Thor was going to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But that got pushed back and Thor 4 got greenlit instead. So it was kind of obvious that Thor: Love And Thunder will involve the Guardians of the Galaxy in some way. The involvement has now been confirmed, although there seems to be a twist.
In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Vin Diesel was asked about the next adventure of the Guardians, i.e. their involvement in Thor 4 before the eventual Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He said:
“I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park. He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it. Thor will also– the director talked to me about how Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be very interesting. Nobody knows– maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”
Diesel has clearly spoken to director Taika Waititi about Thor 4. But we have to focus upon what he said. Maybe he has spoiled a bit of the plot for Love & Thunder, but we can’t really say for sure. Vin D said, “how Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy”. He didn’t say all of them. This could mean two things:
All the Guardians, but…
Marvel has the chance to give us the Asgardians of the Galaxy, so why not!! Maybe, the movie could start with a space action sequence similar to the one we saw in the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But this time, Thor will be involved. Then, The Guardians might split up with Thor. Rocket & Groot could continue to hang out with Thor for the entire film, but the rest of the Guardians may go on their own quest, to find Gamora. Rocket & Groot hung out with Thor in Infinity War, so it would make sense. The rest of the team may or may not return for the final action sequence. Because it is a Thor movie, we cannot expect the Guardians be around for the entire film.
Only Rocket & Groot
Another angle that Taika could explore is just involving Rocket & Groot. As we’ve mentioned, it would make sense for these two to hang out with Thor. So the film could straightaway start with Rocket, Groot & Thor being separated from the Guardians. Vin Diesel has spoken to Taika, so Groot would definitely be in Thor 4. He talked about Groot’s future by saying “Alpha Groot”. This could mean that Rocket, Groot & Thor might travel to Groot’s home world. Since Thor can speak the Groot language, it could make sense. Somehow through the film, we might get to see King Groot (Alpha Groot). Anyway, this arc cannot be very long since we also need time for Jane Foster’s the Mighty Thor, and King Valkyrie’s wedding.
We hope that the movie involves all of the Guardians. They did get along with Thor for a reason. Maybe that was because Christian Bale is playing Adam Warlock. But let’s see what happens.
Black Widow is going to kick off the future Marvel slate on May 1. Here’s how the rest of the Phase 4 slate looks like – The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in August 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, WandaVision in December 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, Ms. Marvel in 2021, What If? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021. Following these are Moon Knight and She-Hulk. Black Panther 2 has been scheduled for May 6, 2022. And 7 other unannounced films have release dates for 2022 & 2023.