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Thor: Love & Thunder Sets Up 6 Marvel Movies & MCU Shows

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Thor: Love and Thunder’s ending sets up 6 upcoming Marvel movies and possible MCU TV show spin-offs, but will Chris Hemsworth himself return?

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder sets up at least 6 Marvel movies and MCU TV show spin-offs. So much for Phase 4 being the end for all of Marvel’s original Avengers. Thor: Love and Thunder‘s ending does close out one of Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder stories, but it also kicks off another thanks to a cliffhanger.

Chris Hemsworth as been very open about his willingness to make Thor movies for as long as he is welcome, even if his preference is to work with Taika Waititi. While the Love and Thunder director is very busy and may not have a lot of time to make Thor 5 any time soon, there can be no doubt that it’s coming. A Marvel movie would not simply kill Thor off-screen between movies, after all. But Thor 5 is far from the only upcoming Marvel movie and TV show that Love and Thunder sets up.

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Love and Thunder is the start of a whole new MCU era for Hemsworth’s God of Thunder, as well as introducing his next Marvel enemy. In fact, the future set up by Thor: Love and Thunder potentially includes no fewer than 6 possible spin-offs and sequels. Here’s the 6 Marvel movie and MCU TV show spin-offs set up by Thor: Love and Thunder‘s ending:

  • Thor 5
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3
  • The Avengers 5
  • Young Avengers
  • Hercules
  • Jane Foster’s Own Thor Movie/Show

Thor 5

You’d have to be deluded to question the fact that Thor 5 is happening; it’s really just a question of when it can be made. The final shot of Thor: Love and Thunder promises that “Thor will return” and while it doesn’t specify which Thor, exactly, the set up of Brett Goldstein’s Hercules coming after the God of Thunder is unlikely to lead anywhere but Thor 5 directly. Chris Hemsworth says he’ll be back as long as he’s having fun, which he clearly was with Love and Thunder, despite the incredibly intense preparation required to get into Thor shape. The story for Thor 5 would no doubt focus on the relationship between Thor and Love that’s set up at the end, and thanks to the Thor: Love and Thunder mid-credits scene, it’s clear the story would also include Hercules’ quest to kill Thor and show humanity why superhero worship is so wrong.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3

The Guardians of the Galaxy are barely in Thor: Love and Thunder and feel like an inconvenience that needed to be quickly dealt with, thanks to the change to the Marvel movie release schedule that pushed Thor 4 ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3. Ultimately, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord is key to Thor realizing that he needs to address his own issues and that his place isn’t with the Guardians, but they’re still a bit of a waste. That said, the Guardians leave Thor to help those in need across the universe as a result of Gorr’s God-killing rampage, suggesting they’re more overtly in the hero game. On top of that, Peter Quill mentions losing his love, reminding viewers that Gamora’s missing status will still be a major part of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 story.

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Related: Why The Guardians Are Hardly In Thor: Love & Thunder

The Avengers 5

The biggest unannounced Marvel movie set for the MCU’s future is undoubtedly The Avengers 5. No brand that big or lucrative will ever go on ice for too long, even if Kevin Feige says there won’t be more Avengers movies. And though there is likely to be an entirely new Avengers team for Phase 5, Thor’s continued presence in the MCU after Love and Thunder makes him a viable (and likely) returning Avengers team member. Interestingly, because of Chris Hemsworth’s tenure as Thor, he’d probably be the most likely candidate to replace Robert Downey Jr as the lynchpin of the franchise. Doctor Strange is obviously being positioned as an Avengers figurehead too, and Mark Ruffalo is still around, while Captain Marvel’s powers also push her forward, but none have Hemsworth’s longevity. If he’s still making Thor movies when Avengers 5 is announced, he’ll be in it.


Young Avengers

The MCU’s cast for the inevitable, but unannounced Young Avengers Marvel movie has been taking shape for some time, and there are two characters introduced in Thor: Love and Thunder who could be part of the team. Both Axl Heimdallson and Love (who probably won’t be called Thorsdóttir, given she calls him Uncle Thor) would be incredibly powerful candidates, and having cosmic characters involved would make sense. If either is called up by the Young Avengers, they’d join other potentials Kate Bishop, Harley Keener, Cassie Lang, Ironheart, Ms Marvel and America Chavez, and maybe even Kid Loki. It’s only a matter of time before an MCU Young Avenges is officially announced.


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Hercules

While Thor: Love and Thunder‘s mid-credits scene seems to logically set up the events of Thor 5, with Russell Crowe’s Zeus and his son playing the antagonists, it’s unlike this will be the last we see of Brett Goldstein’s Hercules. He’s a legitimate Avengers candidate, as strong as Thor and Hulk and a long-awaited addition to the MCU. Using him only as a villain in Thor 5 is as illogical as it is unlikely, and Hercules will get his own properties somewhere down the line. Whether that’s a movie or a TV show remains to be seen, but if characters of the level of Ms Marvel, Echo, and Agatha Harkness can have their own shows, Hercules will definitely get a headline opportunity too. Before then, the chance to see two of the strongest ever Avengers fighting for real will be an incredible spectacle for a future Marvel movie.

A Jane Foster Stand-Alone Movie

Thor: Love and Thunder‘s post-credits scene reveals that Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor made it to Valhalla having died after the battle with Gorr, which suggests Jane Foster is dead. But then again, Jane Foster has escaped Valhalla before, in Jason Aaron’s Thor run for Marvel comics – the same run Love and Thunder was inspired by (Aaron is listed as a consultant in the credits). If Natalie Portman wants to return to the MCU and play Jane Foster again, there is precedent in Marvel to suggest how she’d get out (Odin and Thor team up to make it happen), and she could even graduate to her own movie or show, perhaps as the replacement for Valkyrie as the leader of her possibly revived Asgardian warriors, as she was in the comics. The MCU’s King Valkyrie storyline does make room for that, as an alternative to Mighty Thor, even if fan demand calls for her Thor to return after Thor: Love and Thunder.


Related: What Does Jane Whisper To Thor At The End Of Love & Thunder?

Every Marvel Movie Coming After Thor: Love and Thunder

MCU Phase 4 & 5 Confirmed Movies & TV Shows

  • She-Hulk: Attorney At Law — August 17, 2022
  • Untitled Halloween special – October 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — November 11, 2022
  • The Guardian of the Galaxy Holiday Special — December 2022
  • I Am Groot – TBD 2022
  • What If…? Season 2 — TBD 2022
  • Secret Invasion — TBD 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — May 5, 2023
  • The Marvels — July 28, 2023
  • Echo — TBD 2023
  • Blade – TBD
  • Spider-Man: Freshman Year – TBD
  • Fantastic Four — TBD
  • Agatha: House of Harkness – TBD
  • Armor Wars — TBD
  • Ironheart — TBD
  • Untitled Wakanda Series – TBD
  • Marvel Zombies – TBD
  • Daredevil – TBD
  • Deadpool 3 – TBD
  • Shang-Chi 2 – TBD
  • Thunderbolts – TBD

Other Upcoming Marvel Movies & TV Shows

  • Kraven the Hunter – 2023
  • Madame Web – 2023
  • El Muerto – 2024
  • Untitled Venom: Let There Be Carnage sequel – TBD
  • Silk (TV) – TBD
  • Silver & Black (TV) – TBD

Next: Why Mjolnir Chose Jane As The New Thor

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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023


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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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