7 Ways Thor: Love And Thunder Sets Up The Future Of The MCU

WARNING! The article contains SPOILERS for Thor: Love and Thunder.

The release of Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8th, 2022, continued the story of the titular protagonist, as he teamed with Jane Foster to stop Gorr the God Butcher. While director Taika Waititi has only hinted at a potential Thor 5, there are plenty of seeds planted in Love and Thunder for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to expand upon.

These range from the reveal of larger MCU lore like the pantheon of gods in Omnipotent City to Thor’s newfound responsibilities as Love’s guardian. There’s a good chance that most of these will show up in Thor 5, but movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are the best candidates for some points to immediately take shape and form.

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7 Jane's Experiences In Valhalla

Jane Foster holding Mjolnir in Thor Love and Thunder

Jane once again proved herself to be the bravest MCU love interest so far by giving her life to save Thor. Her bonding with Mjolnir changed her physiology into an Asgardian and she died by proving herself as a worthy member of the species. Jane eventually woke up to find Heimdall greeting her in Valhalla.

With the realm now officially part of the MCU, there’s a good chance that Jane’s experience in the Asgardian afterlife will be detailed. The fact that Heimdall was well aware of the events of Love and Thunder while in Valhalla means that Jane will know of Thor’s adventures despite passing away. It can also be a setup for Thor to reunite with Jane in Valhalla eventually.

6 Valkyrie's Expansion Of New Asgard

Valkyrie in a chair in Thor Love and Thunder

Valkyrie quickly became one of the best characters in the Thor series upon introduction and her story continued with Love and Thunder. The movie only scratched the surface with Valkyrie’s tenure as New Asgard’s ruler, although her activities to extend its reach were shown.

Now that New Asgard has been fully introduced, future movies and TV shows can depict her ruling in greater detail. This ranges from Valkyrie’s liaisons with other countries on Earth and the challenges she faces in establishing New Asgard further. A Disney+ series dedicated to New Asgard with Valkyrie at the forefront remains a good possibility.

5 The Strengthening Of The Guardians' Relationship

Guardians Of The Galaxy bidding Thor goodbye in Love and Thunder

While there’s no doubt that the Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the MCU’s best characters, they have always been depicted as being a dysfunctional group. Star-Lord’s speech to Thor before their farewell signaled a turn from this dynamic, as he openly talked about being around the people he loved.

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set to follow immediately after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder, the film can show the titular group now having found a place where they can be happy around each other. It will be a big change from earlier Guardians of the Galaxy entries, so their appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder can serve as a bridge for their improved relationship.

4 Flashbacks To Thor's Time With The Guardians

Thor walking through a flame with the Guardians of the Galaxy in Love and Thunder

The beginning of Thor: Love and Thunder alluded to an extended time the titular protagonist spent with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It appeared that Thor had been with the group for at least several months, during which he had many adventures across different planets.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can bring Thor back for flashback sequences to bring fans up to speed over their activities from the time they left Earth in Avengers: Endgame. Since Gamora’s whereabouts will also be revealed, it will help viewers fill in the gaps in chronology for the montage depicted in Thor: Love and Thunder to be elaborated upon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

3 Lady Sif And Valkyrie's Training Of The Asgardian Children

Featured Jaimie Alexander Lady Sif Return In Thor Love And Thunder

A potential spin-off about Valkyrie and Sif can be on the cards for the MCU if their ending in Thor: Love and Thunder is anything to go by. Sif found a new purpose in life when she arrived in New Asgard, where she began training the Asgardian children in the ways of the warrior.

Valkyrie was shown working in tandem with Sif, implying that the new generation will be carrying on the legacy of the original Asgard. The training under the watch of Valkyrie and Sif can pay off in future MCU works that require large team-ups, similar to when the universe’s heroes banded together in Avengers: Endgame.

2 Thor's Relationship With Love As Her Father

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Love and Thunder with Stormbreaker

The end screen of Thor: Love and Thunder promised that the titular protagonist will return in a future movie. The easiest setup for this to happen is to depict his relationship with Love, whom he officially adopted after promising Gorr and Jane that he would look after her.

Although their bickering was played for laughs in the climax, Thor’s challenges in raising a child will be a big part of how his character is shaped in the future. Moreover, it opens up Thor’s struggles to live up to the standard set by his parents, along with training Love to be a warrior just like him. All of this has the potential to be shown in full during Thor 5.

1 Thor And Hercules' Inevitable Clash

Thor Love and Thunder Chris Hemsworth Zeus Scene

Although most fans were hoping for another Loki appearance in the MCU, Thor: Love and Thunder opted to expand the series’ lore by presenting other gods. Zeus turned out to be a major jerk who had no intentions to help the heroes and Thor ended up becoming an enemy by attacking the Olympian God to steal his lighting.

Zeus ordered his son Hercules to hunt Thor in the end credit scene of Thor: Love and Thunder, which is the most concrete piece of the story that alludes to a sequel. Hercules appears to be the equal of Thor in terms of age, physical attributes, and power, so their clash should be an event for either Thor 5 or a major movie.

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