Despite the overwhelmingly positive response to Taika Watiti’s comedic and colorful Thor: Ragnarok, we may never see Thor in a fourth solo movie. With Avengers: Endgame promising to start over the MCU fresh with a new batch of heroes, effectively ending the 11-year journey of the O.G. Avengers like Iron Man, Cap, and yes, Thor.
Whether he’ll actually die in the movie remains to be seen, but Chris Hemsworth has strongly hinted that he wants to jump ship from the MCU after the newest Avengers movie. Still, never say never. Here are 10 Thor Stories We’d Love To See In A Possible Thor 4.
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10 Thor: Ages of Thunder
After Avengers: Endgame likely changes the face of the Avengers team forever, Thor will either die or take a step back to live his own life for a while. Thor: Ages of Thunder actually tells stories from Thor’s youth as he irresponsibly battled his way through Vikings, Enchantresses, and Frost Giants.
Given how Taika Watiti recharacterized Thor as a wild, fun-loving, humorous guy who likes to get into danger, fight his way out, and look good doing it, this could be the perfect way for Thor’s character to leave the MCU – on his own terms, having a blast, saving Asgard.
Thor had to sit out Captain America: Civil War due to his character arc taking him to rediscover himself and eventually get spit out of a wormhole on Sakaar. To make up for that, he could get his own solo movie that acts as a semi-Avengers movie. In Siege, Thor has to defend Asgard from the arrival of Norman Osborn (a.k.a. the Green Goblin, Spider-Man’s most famous foe) and his team of Dark Avengers.
Loki makes the ultimate sacrifice (depending on whether or not he’s actually dead in the MCU, this could make it to the movie, too) and Captain America shows up to help Thor protect his homeworld. Maybe this is what Joe Russo meant when he said Chris Evans “isn’t done” with the role of Cap.
8 The Unworthy Thor
The Unworthy Thor sees a disgraced Thor losing the ability to wield his hammer Mjolnir (in the MCU, this would be his axe Stormbreaker instead). He’s deemed unfit to wield it anymore and someone else gets a hold of his iconic weapon instead. This sends Thor on a dark journey that takes him outside the universe itself, where he discovers another Mjolnir!
It would be great to have Thor wielding a hammer in the MCU again, and this would also be a fantastic way to advance his character development as he slips up and we realize he isn’t the stalwart hero we thought he was. Plus, more Hela!
7 “Whom the Gods Would Destroy” (Thor #126-128)
This Stan Lee storyline from the Silver Age would have to be tweaked in order to fit into the MCU, since it heavily involves Odin, but the crux of its dramatic backbone would make an interesting setup for a solo movie. With Odin angry that Thor has revealed his identity as a Norse god to Jane Foster, he takes away half his power – just as he happens to be battling Hercules and, after losing half his abilities, also loses the fight.
After that, Hercules becomes a celebrity and Thor becomes a has-been who has to claw his way back. Peter Parker loses his powers in Spider-Man 2 and that’s regarded as the greatest superhero movie ever made, so there must be some merit to it as a plot point.
6 Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Roger Langridge’s eight-part limited series Thor: The Mighty Avenger is very much in line with the MCU in terms of its tone, style, and characterization of Thor. The series portrays him as a goofy, yet lovable fish out of water who is banished to Earth (specifically, Oklahoma) where he rekindles his relationship with Jane Foster.
Thor’s relationship with Jane is great in the comics – particularly in this one – and it’s a shame that the movies haven’t made it work yet, as Natalie Portman’s Jane remains one of the MCU’s most-hated characters. An adaptation of this series could be the way to finally do her justice.
5 “Thor Disassembled” (Thor Vol. 2 #80-85)
This one could easily tie into Avengers: Endgame, which some fans predict will involve traveling to Asgard. After “Avengers Disassembled” brought the devastation to Asgard, Thor had to face Ragnarok once again in the “Thor Disassembled” storyline. Yes, Ragnarok was already covered in Thor: Ragnarok, but in the comics, Thor has been faced with a few different Ragnaroks.
There have been a bunch of times that he’s had to prepare for a prophecy that warns about the end of the world. And in this one, the story was actually quite self-aware in its handling of the seemingly endless cycle of Ragnaroks. Thor was given the chance to stop the Ragnaroks once and for all and begin his eternal slumber (which would give Chris Hemsworth an out after doing one last MCU movie).
4 Loki: Agent of Asgard
Loki has always been a fan-favorite character in the MCU (and the comics, frankly), so hardly anyone would object to him getting a larger role in Thor 4. In Loki: Agent of Asgard, Loki finally grows up and uses his trickery for good. Thor would have to be added into the story for a movie version, but that would be easy enough. It would essentially be a spy movie that explores the brothers’ complicated relationship.
Okay, Loki was killed off in Avengers: Infinity War, but based on the fact he used the wrong hand to stab Thanos, most fans believe this was just a projection by the God of Mischief and that he’s actually still alive. If Avengers: Endgame proves this to be true, then maybe we could see an adaptation of Loki: Agent of Asgard in the future.
3 The Eternals Saga
In The Eternals Saga, some of the newer Marvel writers attempted to bring Jack Kirby’s Eternal and Celestial characters out of their own universe and into the broader world of Marvel Comics. Thor and Asgard were integral to integrating these new beings into the wider Marvel-verse.
Marvel Studios announced recently that they were developing an Eternals movie and courting Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani (has there ever been a more eclectic pairing in movie history?) to star. So, pairing Thor with the Eternals could be a great way to usher in the new heroes of the MCU while fazing out the old ones.
2 “The Midgard Serpent” (Thor #380)
After Hela summoned Surtur and brought about Ragnarok, destroying Asgard in the process, the fourth Thor movie will have to go even bigger, and “The Midgard Serpent” could be the way to go about it. In the storyline, Thor has to take on Jörmungandr, a gigantic snake also known as the Midgard Serpent.
Conveniently, the Midgard Serpent comes after him right after a curse is placed on him by Hel that weakens his bone structure. He’s already the size of a thumbtack compared to the Midgard Serpent, so his chances of defeating the snake are very slim. It would be incredibly cinematic if it were portrayed on the silver screen.
1 Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher
One of the most beloved Thor storylines of all time, Jason Aaron’s “The God Butcher” arc would be the perfect way to follow up Thor’s story after Avengers: Endgame. It’s been all but confirmed that the plot of Endgame will heavily involve the use of time travel in Earth’s mightiest heroes’ attempts to defeat Thanos.
In Aaron’s storyline, three different versions of Thor from three different periods of time team up to take on Goor the God Butcher, perhaps the Norse god’s most infamous foe of all time. It would take the MCU to dark places, but maybe that’s what Phase Four will be all about.