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Taika Waititi Confirms Chris Hemsworth Is Still The Star Of Thor: Love And Thunder

So the bros can relax now.

In case you were nervous that Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor would be the main character of Thor: Love and Thunder, you have nothing to worry about because director Taika Waititi has confirmed Chris Hemsworth is still going to be the movie’s star.

Waititi’s return to the Thor series was announced just a few days before the San Diego Comic-Con with the confirmation that Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson would return taking place at the event.

It was also announced, in what was possibly the biggest surprise of the event, that Natalie Portman would also be returning to the series as Jane Foster, who will become Mighty Thor.

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This caused a lot of speculation about what would happen to Hemsworth’s Thor, who suffered from depression following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and became Bro Thor in Avengers: Endgame.

In an interview with MTV News, Waititi was asked who was the star of the film – Chris or Natalie – to which the director responded, “It’s Chris. It’s a Thor film. He is Thor, it’s a Thor film. She’s in it.”

He was also asked how the script for the film was coming along and in classic Waititi style, he said he was on page seven. It might be a joke, it might not be, but we do know Waititi is a busy guy nowadays so we’re just happy he’s returning to the Thor series at all.

There are many rumours at this stage about how Jane Foster becomes Mighty Thor, with some reports the female Thor will be Jane Foster from another timeline.

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While many fans were excited to hear of the inclusion of Mighty Thor, others were worried about what it meant for Hemsworth’s Thor. At this stage, it isn’t known whether the Aussie actor has signed a new contract following Endgame or if he’s working with Marvel on a film-to-film basis.

Endgame’s final moments seemed to indicate Thor would be teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy so there’s an opportunity for Hemsworth to star in the third Guardians film as well.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set for release on November 5, 2021.

A Deleted Iron Man Scene Proves The MCU Always Had Big Plans For Spider-Man And The X-Men

Very interesting!

A deleted scene from the first Iron Man movie proves Marvel always had big plans for the X-Men and Spider-Man long before their partnership with Sony and Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox.

While being presented with the first-ever Stan Lee World Builder Award at the 45th Annual Saturn Awards, Kevin Feige revealed a deleted post-credits scene from Iron Man showing Nick Fury referencing both Spider-Man and the X-Men without actually naming them – as they weren’t Marvel properties at the time.

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Feige told the audience, “We pulled some things out of that vault that we said, ‘We’ll never show this to anybody, put it away.'”

“We’re bringing them out, we’re putting them on this disc, and I’m about to show you a deleted scene that has never been seen by anyone before right now.”

The clip shows Fury approaching Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) at the end of Iron Man, about the Avenger Initiative – similar to the actual post-credit scene that ended up in the film.

But in this version, Fury talks about “gamma accidents, radioactive bug bits and assorted mutants” and complains about how he has to “deal with a spoiled brat who doesn’t play well with others and wants to keep all his toys to himself”, referencing Tony.

Watch the scene here:

It’s a short scene, but it’s pretty clear from that one line that Marvel had big plans for those characters to exist in the MCU.

It’s been more than a decade since the first Iron Man movie was released and Marvel has yet to include the X-Men, while Spider-Man appeared in five movies during the Sony/Marvel partnership, only for the agreement to breakdown following the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

We still have no word on exactly when the X-Men will appear in the MCU, but rumour has it Marvel will wait until Phase 6 before including them. And given how poorly Dark Phoenix was received by fans, it’s probably a good thing we’ll have to wait a while for the reboot.

Feige revealed that the Iron Man scene will be released in the upcoming Infinity Saga box set. No doubt there’ll be plenty more secret deleted scenes to come!

Joe Russo Says Sony Made A 'Tragic Mistake' By Taking Spider-Man Out Of The MCU

And we totally agree.

Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has opened up about how he really feels about Sony taking Spider-Man out of the MCU, and, spoiler alert, he thinks it was a terrible decision. Now that Spider-Man doesn’t have a place in the MCU, Russo believes the character will suffer.

Joe and his brother Anthony Russo, directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, so it’s pretty obvious they know how to make good superhero movies and their opinion is pretty important.

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Talks recently fell apart between Sony and Marvel over-sharing Tom Holland’s Spidey with Sony’s CEO saying the door is closed, for now. It’s reported that the talks broke down over a co-financing agreement and following the split, Marvel’s Kevin Feige will no longer produce the Spider-Man films.

The Russo brothers previously said they weren’t surprised about how the deal fell apart and Joe has now told the Toronto Sun how he really feels about the split.

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

Joe believes Sony is underestimating how much work Feige put into the films and was a huge factor in how successful the first two standalone Spider-Man films were.

To be honest, we have to agree, surely Sony has to consider why this version of Spider-Man has been the most successful?

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Anthony also told the publication how difficult it was to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War in the first place and was impressed that Feige was able to pull it off. He added that they had a “wonderful experience” sharing Spidey with Sony for the three films they had with the character.

When news first broke about the Sony/Marvel split, Feige told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers.

“It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

Holland gave his own statement to EW, saying he had the time of his life working with Marvel on the previous films, but believes the next standalone films “will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

We’ll believe it when we see it!

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