James Gunn, director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films, has debunked rumors that the third film in the series was at one point set to feature Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.
Thor was seen setting off into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame, paving the way for the Asgardian to share some more adventures with the band of galactic misfits.
Ultimately, Thor’s time with the Guardians was glimpsed in the opening scenes of Thor: Love and Thunder, though some fans thought Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder was originally due to join the Guardians in their own franchise.
In 2018, James Gunn was fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 during a controversy involving a series of his old tweets. He was eventually rehired by Marvel in 2019, though some fans have questioned the impact his temporary firing had on Guardians Vol. 3.
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Guardians of the Galaxy was ultimately delayed after James Gunn accepted a role directing The Suicide Squad for DC once he was fired from Marvel. Some fans have assumed this led to changes in how the story of Thor and the Guardians played out in the MCU.
Speaking about Thor: Love and Thunder on the podcast My Mom’s Basement with Robbie fox, podcast guest Clem shared his frustration that James Gunn’s temporary firing had robbed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 of a Thor appearance. However, Gunn took to Twitter to dispel this rumor.
Responding to the segment in which the supposed plans to feature Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 were being discussed, James Gunn revealed “Thor was never going to be in Vol. 3.”
Interestingly, this suggests that Thor: Love and Thunder was always due to be released prior to the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, with Thor’s time with the Guardians always due to come to an end in that film.
Some fans have expressed disappointment over just how little screentime the Guardians had in Love and Thunder. However, it appears it was never Marvel’s intention to have the Asgardian Avenger joining their ranks for long.
Here is the synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
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