James Gunn has confirmed that he joined forces with Taika Waititi to discuss MCU characters before work began on the Thor: Love and Thunder script.
Taking to Twitter, Gunn replied to a fan who asked about his level of input with the fourth Thor movie. In response, the director explained that he didn’t have “much input,” though he admitted that he and Waititi teamed up to exchange ideas on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Thor: Love and Thunder. He said that they both swapped scripts to figure out “where the characters are and where they’re going.”
Not much, & @TaikaWaititi is doing a great job – the script is amazing. We talked before he started writing it about where the characters are & where they’re going & he read the script for Vol 3 & then I read his script & shared my thoughts.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 5, 2021
It was previously reported that Chris Pratt, who leads the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, had joined the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder to reprise his role as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. In the same report, it was implied that other Guardians characters could potentially make an appearance in the Waititi-directed sequel also, which would further explain their potential need for collaboration.
Peter Quill and Thor enjoyed a friendly rivalry in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which saw the heavyset Bro Thor leave his fellow Asgardians behind on Earth whilst he joined the Guardians in space. It now sounds like the two characters could be reuniting on the big screen again in Thor 4, a movie described as having an “Avengers 5 feel” due to its large cast.
The all-star ensemble features the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher. Waititi will also once again voice Thor’s alien pal Korg in the movie, which is currently slated for release on May 6, 2022. It will follow Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and many more in the MCU’s Phase 4.
For more on the studio’s future slate of projects and releases, read our breakdown of the biggest and most noteworthy developments in the MCU, on Disney+ and in Marvel’s comics this year.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.