Korg Will Return For ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’, Taika Waititi Confirms

Max JenkinsMax Jenkins in Entertainment, Film
Published 18.10.19

I doubt when Taika Waititi decided to give himself a small speaking role as Korg in Thor: Ragnarok, he realised just how popular his characterisation of the rocky Kronan would be with the audience.

Now he is aware, he has not only agreed to take Thor into his fourth solo adventure, but has also decreed that Korg will return to join the God of Thunder in his next adventure.

Thor 4, known by its complete title as Thor: Love and Thunder, has fed fans some well-timed nibbles since the stunning ending to Avengers: Endgame, which saw Thor abdicate the throne of Asgard to Valkyrie so he could take some well-deserved time adventuring with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We now know that Natalie Portman will be returning to the MCU as Jane Foster and will serve as a female version of Thor, but that she won’t be taking over the role from Hemsworth entirely, instead serving as one of ‘two Thors’ in the movie.

Waititi has explained to any confused fans that the reformation of 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, it’s easy to see how this interesting story can and should be adapted.

Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Waititi confirmed that his own character of Korg would also return to the franchise after a small appearance in Endgame that again left fans wanting more, but did not elaborate on what role Korg might play in the narrative.

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‘My character is coming back, Korg,’ he said.

As the audience erupted in jubilation, the director slipped into character as Korg, adding: ‘Thank you. Thank you so much for that reaction.’

Details of the Thor: Love and Thunder script have so far been kept under wraps, no doubt due to the fact Waititi has only just finished the final draft, but one confirmed storyline will see Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, now King of Asgard, in search of a queen after coming out as the MCU’s first LGBT+ superhero, revealing in a tweet that her Valkyrie is as close to the comic version as can possibly be.

She also told this year’s Comic Con: ‘As New King, she [Valkyrie] needs to find her Queen. That would be her first order of business. And she has some ideas.’

Well, there are a lot of beautiful and fantastic ladies to choose from. Seeing as Thor and Jane are no longer an item, perhaps Thompson’s last sentence hints at a possible romance between Valkyrie and a Thor she actually fancies.

According to Thompson in an interview with Collider, a scene in Ragnarok was filmed in which a woman is seen exiting Valkyrie’s bedroom, thus revealing her sexuality to the audience. However, the scene was cut from the final film as producers argued it ‘distracted from the scene’s vital exposition’.

Marvel producer Kevin Feige was also quick to add to Thompson’s Comic Con statements that Valkyrie’s role in Love and Thunder would expand upon her sexuality, telling io9: ‘How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.’  

Answering as to whether or not Love and Thunder will take place before or after the events of Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed that Love and Thunder will take place in the gap between Infinity War and Endgame so as not to confuse the situation of Thor joining the Guardians.