It had been rumored the the 4th Thor film Love & Thunder would be the character’s last but actor Chris Hemsworth says otherwise.
In an interview with Elle Man, Chris Hemsworth was asked about Thor: Love and Thunder and how he feels about shooting would begin next year. (Note: This interview was transcribed in Polish, so these quotes have been translated using Google Translate and thus may not be entirely accurate to what was said)
“After reading the script, I can say that I am very excited. For sure there will be a lot of love and a lot of lightning in this production (laughs). I’m glad that after all that happened in Avengers: Endgame, I’m still part of the Marvel Universe and we can continue the story of Thor. Of course, I can’t tell you anything about the plot, but to satisfy your curiosity, I’ll say that I had a lot more fun reading the script than on “Thor Ragnarok”, and that proves something, because this movie was brilliant.”
The interviewer also brings up the topic of Thor potentially retiring as a character and passing on the title and hammer to another actor. In a surprise bit of bluntness, Chris Hemsworth denies that this will be his last outing as Thor in the MCU.
Are you crazy ?! I’m not going into any retirement period (laughs). Thor is way too young for that. He is only 1500 years old! It is definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so.
It would seem that previous rumors of Thor: Love and Thunder being the last hurrah for Chris Hemsworth as the titular character were wrong. So, it seems unlikely that either Beta Ray Bill or Jane Foster will be replacing him as the God (or Goddess) of Thunder.
While Hemsworth seems to stipulate this claim with “At least I hope so,” it’s clear that Thor won’t be written out of the MCU by the end of Thor: Love and Thunder. This does bring up the interesting prospect of Thor sticking around after his forth movie and where his character could go next.
If Thor: Love and Thunder is successful enough, will Chris Hemsworth star in another movie directed by Taika Waititi? Or would he simply remain a prominent fixture of the MCU as a recurring supporting character throughout until Hemsworth deems it his time to leave? Hemsworth hasn’t exactly found his next franchise to hang his hat on yet but when he does I think the Hammer will at that point find its new owner.