Let’s just say if I had to put money on a fight between a naked chainsaw-wielding Christian Bale and a jacked-up hammer-wielding Chris Hemsworth (or Natalie Portman for that matter), I’d but put my money on Christian – I’d be too afraid not to.
The guy historically knows how to play an appealing, appeasing and downright sexy silver screen villain, so I doubt fans have much to worry about here, tbh. Thor, ‘female Thor’ and Valkyrie might, though.
Tessa Thompson, who plays fan-fave Valkyrie (MCU’s first openly LGBTQ+ character) in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, recently spilled the beans to Entertainment Tonight in a recent red-carpet interview:
The 36-year-old Westworld actor said:
“Some new people [are being brought] into the mix.”
“Christian Bale’s going to play our villain, which is going be fantastic.
Thompson made the remark uber casually, though, so I can’t help but feel this was probably pre-arranged between Disney/Marvel and Entertainment Tonight – but still, I’m glad we know, ’cause if there’s one thing that Bale brings to any mix, it’s f*cking INTENSITY.
Again, my money’s on you, Christian – don’t hurt me.
Tessa also revealed that there have been “lots of exciting text messages between Natalie [Portman]“ and herself – which for a gay geek like me is too much excitement to digest this early on in a hungover Saturday.
Rumours of 46-year-old Christian Bale’s inclusion in Thor: Love And Thunder, the sequel to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, have been floating around the Marvel fan forums since January, but Thompson’s comments have officially confirmed it (#queen). Bale will join franchise regulars Chris Hemsworth as Thor and the painfully cool Taika Waititi as Korg (also director and screenwriter for the film, FYI), as well Natalie Portman who is returning as MCU icon Jane Foster (and ‘female Thor’).
Jane’s character as a ‘female Thor’ is based on a storyline from the comics called The Goddess of Thunder, in which a cancer-stricken Jane is chosen by the gods to replace Thor after they deem him unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. Given the ending of Endgame (oh, leave off, it was months ago), it’s easy to see how this interesting story can and should be adapted for the big screen.
Not much, I’m afraid. We have a long wait ahead.
That being said, we do know that Thompson’s Valkyrie is officially MCU’s first openly LGBTQ+ and that in Thor: Love and Thunder, she will be very clearly and openly bisexual. One confirmed storyline will see Valkyrie, now King of Asgard, in search of a queen.
Although, Thompson did just jokingly tell ET:
“If she can’t find her queen [in Thor: Love And Thunder], she’ll just be king and queen at the same time.”
F*ck, this film is slaying me SLOWLY.
No utterances yet from Mr Bale regarding his involvement in Thor: Love And Thunder, but now Tessa’s let the cat out the bag, no doubt Disney will spill the beans soon.
But they need to bring in someone (actor and Marvel Comics character) pretty bad-ass to try and out-villain Cate Blanchett playing the Goddess of Death, don’t they?
And as per the rules of franchise making, technically, Bale’s Big Bad is going to have be bigger and badder than f*cking Thanos. IJS.
And he clicked the world away.
Thor: Love and Thunder storms into UK cinemas 5th November 2021.
I bet Bale’s in character already *SWOON*.
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Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow