It’s been three long years since we saw Chris Hemworth’s Thor take to the stars with the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, and now, we’re finally seeing where they went. Disney just released the trailer for the fourth Thor film, Thor: Love And Thunder, and we see the God of Thunder figuring out what to do with himself in a post-Thanos universe. We see a lot of Thor doing cosmic stuff with the Guardians, and also working off the weight he gained in Endgame; we also see him with his pal Korg, who he met in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok (and who is played by Thor director Taika Waititi). We hear him say, “My superheroing days are over,” over Guns N Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.” But what is he going to do next? A heart to heart with Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill might give him a hint. And the last scene is a pretty great reveal, we won’t spoil it for you.
Since we know you want to know: we also see Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, presumably running Earth’s New Asgard. Watch the trailer below. Thor: Love And Thunder is due out July 8, 2022.
Marvel/Netflix Characters We Want To See In The MCU
We won't dunk on Finn Jones -- he was great as Loras Tyrell in "Game Of Thrones" -- but he just wasn't the right pick for Danny Rand, and he was a controversial choice from the get-go. "Iron Fist" just didn't work. We got one great character out of this series, but sadly, it wasn't Danny Rand.
It seemed like the "Jessica Jones" team never really knew what to do with Trish, although they seemed to be leaning towards making her the Hellcat from the comics. But towards the end of the second and final "JJ" season, we were just tired of her.
Both characters were great villains in the "Luke Cage" series, but both met their demise. Which is convenient, since Mahershala Ali has since been cast as Blade in the vampire killer's upcoming MCU film. Woodard, meanwhile, has also appeared in the MCU - she had a cameo as Miriam Sharpe in "Captain America: Civil War" -- she's the woman who confronted Tony Stark at the elevator. Her casting for that small role demonstrated the lack of communication between Marvel's film division and their Netflix division. On the other hand: the more Alfre Woodard, the better! But RIP to both of these characters.
Matt Murdock's bestie -- unless they're on the outs. Foggy is also a solid lawyer and someone Marvel could slip into the "She-Hulk" series, since Jennifer (She-Hulk) Walters is also a lawyer.
A high powered lawyer who often hires Jessica Jones (she also appeared on Daredevil, Iron Fist and the Defenders). But she and Jessica had a very on/off relationship. Moss was excellent in every scene. She was also Marvel's first openly LGBT character, years before Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos in "The Eternals." Moss is back in the limelight now thanks to her role as Trinity in the new 'Matrix" film, this is the perfect time to bring her back (and "She-Hulk" Jennifer Walters is also a New York based lawyer, it would be a great to see them clash in court).
Marvel will always have cosmic level threats, like Thanos, Loki, and the Kree. But the thing that has always grounded it has been the gritty tales of the criminal underworld. "Shades" from the "Luke Cage" series is now incarcerated, but we'd love to see Rossi's character in more of the street-level Marvel shows and movies.
She's died at least once, and maybe twice, in the Netflix universe. But if Matt Murdock survived the end of the Defenders, it's reasonable to think that Elektra may be out there somewhere. However, Yung is now starring as the lead character in Fox's "The Cleaning Lady" so the odds of her being available any time soon seems slim. Still, Elektra is a major part of the Daredevil mythos, and Yung did an incredible job with the role.
A main character in both Daredevil and Punisher. Woll is currently revisiting an earlier franchise: she and Kristin Bauer are now co-hosting the 'Truest Blood' podcast. She was iconic in 'True Blood' as Jessica Hamby, but she's also the only person who should play Karen Page.
She's the best thing to come out of the Iron Fist series. Jessica Henwick has a geektastic resume: she's played roles in other series, including 'Star Wars' (she played Jessika Pava, a pilot who was a part of the Resistance in 'The Force Awakens') and 'Game Of Thrones' (she was one of the Sand Snakes). And she's also in 'Matrix: Revolutions.' But we want to see more of Colleen Wing in the MCU (preferably teamed with Misty Knight).
Missick's "Misty" Knight was a great character... with or without her arm (which she lost in the Defenders series). Danny Rand ended up funding a bionic arm for her, and all signs led to her and "Iron Fist" character Colleen Wing becoming their own team, based on the "Daughters of the Dragon" series. It would be cool to see her replace her Rand Corporation arm with one loaded with Stark Technology. Missick, however, is still starring in the TV drama "All Rise," which was canceled by CBS but has since been picked up by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN); the third season is scheduled to start in 2022.
Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson have all played Frank Castle... and all of them did a terrible job. Bernthal, best known for playing Shane from 'The Walking Dead' at the time, just nailed it. But Netflix allowed for more rated-R interpretations of the Marvel characters, and it's hard to see Bernthal's version of the Punisher (or really any version) working in a MCU film or on a Disney+ show. As Bernthal told The Hollywood Reporter, "It needs to [have] a level of darkness. I think if there’s any let up on that character, you do a disservice to the character, to every iteration of the character, to every comic book that’s come before, and to all of the unbelievable fans of the character. This character means so much to people in the military... it’s not about whether you do the character; it’s about whether you can do it right, and I’m only interested in doing it right.” And hey, Marvel's 'Modok' animated series airs on Hulu, since it's not really appropriate for Disney+. So, what's to say that they couldn't put the Punisher on Hulu? Here's hoping that they do.
OK, spoiler alert: as of this writing, we know that D'Onofrio's Fisk **is** in the MCU, after his brief appearance in episode 5 of Disney+'s 'Hawkeye.' He had been hinted at, but a photo of Fisk (and D'Onofrio's name in the credits) gave us the MCU's very first acknowledgement of any Netflix character. Is this the same Kingpin from the Netflix shows, or was that a variant? We'll probably find out soon. But Wilson Fisk is a great earth-bound villain and we're curious to see what he did during the Blip.
From the music to the villains to supporting cast to (especially) Mike Colter as Luke Cage, this series really worked. Lots of credit here goes to the showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. We wish Dr. Strange and Wong could have summoned Cage for the final battle in Avengers' 'Endgame' - he could go toe-to-toe with any of the strongest and toughest Avengers. Colter is currently starring in Paramount+'s 'Evil,' but has said he's open to returning to the role. And Marvel boss Kevin Feige has said that he's interested in having Colter play the Hero for Hire again. Here's hoping it happens. At the end of the series finale of Luke Cage, he was looking like a bad guy, and that was cemented with his cameo in the final episode of 'Jessica Jones.' Would they pick up this storyline, or would they just retcon it? Either way, we'd be glad to see Cage in the MCU, played by Colter.
As with the Punisher, it's hard to imagine a Jessica Jones movie or TV show on Disney+. She's inherently a rated R character. She had her own comic book on Marvel's adult-leaning MAX imprint from 2001 - 2004. But when they moved her to the mainstream universe, she just lost what made her so special. Ritter has said she'd be happy to return to the role: "" would absolutely just die to play Jessica again. I had the best time doing it and I just love her so much. I'm so proud of that character. Not only because it was like a great role and she's such a badass, but that character has really resonated with people in a way that I don't know who else has. Really, really resonated with women and girls, trauma survivors. It's just so, so big and such a thing I'm so grateful to have been a part of. So if there's ever an opportunity for me to put on those boots, I will be there in a flash." Hulu - the home of 'Handmaid's Tale' would be a perfect home for a new JJ show. Meanwhile, she's also rumored to be in the upcoming "She-Hulk" series.
Second spoiler alert: Murdock appeared -- all too briefly -- in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.' We just saw him as Peter Parker's lawyer, he wore his suit but not his costume. But we -- and Parker -- realized that the blind lawyer has enhanced abilities. We can't wait to see where they take this.
Based on the Marvel character the "Night Nurse," Temple was a nurse who helped Murdock, Jones, Cage and Rand in their respective series, and -- like Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in the early MCU films -- connected all of those series. Dawson was perfectly cast, and she's already on Disney+'s payroll: she played Ahsoka in the Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' and is getting her own spinoff. But we can definitely see how she could pop up in future Spider-Man films, or other New York based shows and movies. She's our favorite Netflix/Marvel character, and we really hope to see her again.