Chris Hemsworth’s Thor gets a shot at redemption in Avengers: Endgame after his colossal mistake at the end of Avengers: Infinity War led to Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) success. The God of Thunder has recently gone through a series of losses with the death of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as the killing of half of the remaining Asgardians at the start of Infinity War. With not much left to lose, he’s expected to give it his all to ensure that the Mad Titan pays for his sins which include the heartbreaking murder of Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Dubbed to be one of the best characters in Infinity War, Thor spent most of the film separated from the core Avengers, as he went on a mission with Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and a teenage Groot (Vin Diesel). Together, they visited Nidavellir where he got a brand new weapon, the Stormbreaker, created by the Eitri (Peter Dinklage) – the same blacksmith who made Mjolnir and Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet. Equipped with the Thanos-killing-kind of weapon, the God of Thunder, unfortunately, let his emotions get the best of him during his final confrontation with the Mad Titan, giving the villain a split-second to snap his finger and execute genocide. This has left Thor understandably frustrated at no one else but himself.
Fortunately, Thor still has another chance in making amends with the original six Avengers re-assembling to take down Thanos once and for all, which was briefly hinted at in the first Avengers: Endgame trailer. Taking everything into account, here’s everything we know about Thor’s role in this year’s Avengers: Endgame.
THOR HAS A BIG MISSION IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME
In 2017, Marvel Studios headed to Durham Cathedral in the U.K. to shoot some key scenes as revealed by images featuring a stand-in for Rocket and one from directors Joe and Anthony Russo themselves in the same location. Hemsworth was confirmed to be in the area around the same time as well, but he was previously spotted with Ruffalo in Edinburgh (just hours away from Durham), where Tessa Thompson was also reportedly seen. At this point in time, filming was still underway for Infinity War, but since no scene set in the World Heritage Site or Scotland that featured any of the aforementioned characters was in the film (though Vision and Scarlet Witch were in Edinburgh in Infinity War), there’s a good chance that they’re being saved for Avengers: Endgame instead.
So what’s this mysterious scene all about? Considering the people involved, it’s safe to say that it’ll be part of a brand new quest for Thor. Before the events of Infinity War rolled out, he was already digging up information about the Infinity Stones prompted by an ominous vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since they failed to keep Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones, it makes sense that Thor would continue his journey in learning more about them in the hopes of finding a way to possibly defeat the villain who’s equipped with a completed gauntlet. Plus, as one of the final superheroes left in the universe, Thor has a responsibility to fight alongside his fellow Avengers one more time to save… everyone.
VALKYRIE RETURNS IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME
After sitting Infinity War out, Valkyrie, who was just introduced in Thor: Ragnarok, will be back in action for Avengers: Endgame. A member of Odin’s elite task force who took on Hela (Cate Blanchett), MCU’s newest female warrior has quickly become a fan-favorite making her impending return much-anticipated. As mentioned, Thompson was previously spotted in Scotland during Infinity War’s production, but since she didn’t appear in that film, those scenes are mostly being saved for Avengers: Endgame as well. Furthermore, Thompson also appeared in Atlanta during the Avengers 4 reshoots last year. She, alongside Hemsworth, flew in from London (where they were shooting Men in Black International) to Atlanta presumably for a quick filming session.
Valkyrie, alongside half of the Asgardians, escaped the refugee ship they were boarding at the end of Thor: Ragnarok after Thanos and the Black Order hijacked it in search of the Tesseract/Space Stone, which Loki had. Their whereabouts are currently unknown, but she’s confirmed to have survived The Decimation. Wherever Valkyrie is, she’s tipped to reunite with Thor in Avengers: Endgame, perhaps to join him in his brand new mission as part of their goal to take down Thanos.
MJOLNIR MAY BE IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Destroyed by Hela at the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor had to go through the whole film without the Mjolnir. But knowing what he’s up to with Thanos in Infinity War, the God of Thunder sought the help of Eitri to craft a new weapon that could defeat the Mad Titan – the Stormbreaker. However, thanks to an Infinity War set photo, which was previously shared by the Russo Brothers in the middle of filming at Durham Cathedral, Marvel fans spotted a priest holding Mjolnir. So, it looks like Thor’s legendary hammer may reappear in Avengers: Endgame.
The photo itself poses a lot of questions – the biggest of them all, however, is how the Mjolnir was pieced back together after Hela obliterated it. One possibility is that the scene in-discussion is a flashback. We know that Avengers: Endgame will dabble in time travel one way or another, as the heroes revisit key moments in the MCU that have a direct link to the Infinity Stones and Thanos’ quest to collect all of them. And since most of the God of Thunder’s adventures also featured his trusted hammer, it makes sense that it’ll also pop out in pivotal moments in the past that involved its owner. Of course, another possibility is that Thor returns to Nidavellir and requests Eitri to recreate Mjolnir for him, but that’s another gamble for the Odinson.
Unlike his fellow MCU Phase 1 heroes, such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor mostly stuck with his old Asgardian armor with very subtle alterations in its design, particularly in its chest piece, as well as the addition/removal of the sleeves. It wasn’t until Thor: Ragnarok that he significantly changed his suit (and even got his comic book helmet) in preparation for his gladiator battle with the Hulk in Sakaar. He reverted to a more Asgardian-looking armor in Infinity War, which is aptly more battle-appropriate. His signature red cape also gets a bi-color upgrade with a darker inner panel. It’ll be interesting to see him wear a drastically different armor in Avengers: Endgame.
As it turns out, Thor will get a matching white suit upgrade with the rest of the surviving heroes. Thor was actually one of the first characters to be rumored to wear the said costume after promo art from an Avengers 4 toy box revealed him and Rocket sporting similar suits. Since then, a string of leaked concept art featuring the same armor worn by all surviving heroes made its way online. It’s unknown where the suits will be used, but considering how they look like the Quantum Realm suit Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) wore when he rescued Janet Van Dyne (Michell Pfeiffer) in the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man & The Wasp, they are believed to be the suits that the Avengers will use to time travel.
IS THIS THOR’S LAST MCU MOVIE ?
Much has been said about the possibility that Avengers: Endgame is the final outing for most of MCU’s main heroes, including Thor. Chris Evans revealed that he, alongside Downey and Hemsworth, will be done with the MCU after Avengers 4, thus meaning that either their heroes retire or die in the final bout against Thanos. Either way, unless there are new contract negotiations, fans should prepare themselves to say goodbye to these characters after Avengers: Endgame.
But while Endgame could be the perfect swan song to Iron Man and Captain America, it doesn’t feel the same with Thor. Unlike his fellow Phase 1 heroes, Marvel Studios only recently got Thor’s depiction right (at least in the eyes of the general public), and it seems like there are still many stories left to be told with the God of Thunder. It will be a wasted opportunity for them to not capitalize on Thor’s newfound popularity (perhaps in Thor: Ragnarok 2?), especially after Infinity War. Depending on how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wants to handle the film series moving forward, Thor, who’s now the King of Asgard, can rebuild the kingdom on Earth, just like in the comics. Otherwise, he can just stick around for more adventures.
However things pan out in Avengers: Endgame, Thor is expected to give it his all as the remaining heroes go up against Thanos in an effort to restore order in the universe. Perhaps third time’s a charm for the God of Thunder after he suffered major losses the first two times he went up against the Mad Titan.