Thor: Love and Thunder is set to not only bring back Chris Hemsworth’s Son of Odin and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, but also Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who’ll get a major upgrade in the movie, as Thor’s ex will become Thor herself. So, with three Asgardian avengers out to protect the galaxy, it makes sense that a trio of fearsome foes will be waiting for them in Taika Waititi’s follow-up to Thor: Ragnarok as well.
Even before Love and Thunder had officially been announced, We Got This Covered brought you the news that Enchantress would serve as the main villain of Thor 4. We were then informed that Gorr the God Butcher will also feature in the movie as a secondary antagonist. Now, our latest intel points to yet another villain putting in an appearance, in addition to the two we’ve previously reported on.
Specifically, we believe that the pic’s third antagonist might be Mangog. Emphasis on the might, as our source says it’s not set in stone just yet. At the moment, he’s just one possibility to feature alongside Enchantress and Gorr the God Butcher. And given that this is the same source who told us that Ewan McGregor was returning as Obi-Wan, and that an Aladdin sequel is in development, both of which were confirmed this week, we’re inclined to believe them.
For those not familiar with the character, Mangog’s a creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s from 1968 and is such a powerful enemy that he’s actually a living prison for his whole race. As such, he has the strength, endurance and stamina of “a billion, billion beings.”
He would actually make a lot of sense to feature in Love and Thunder for a couple of reasons as well. Firstly, Odin is responsible for creating him, so Mangog would continue the theme of Thor having to clear up his father’s messes that’s run through the franchise. What’s more, the villain appears in Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor run, which Waititi is known to be heavily inspired by for the movie.
In any case, we should start to learn more soon, as Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on November 5th, 2021. With any luck, maybe Marvel will spill something at D23 next weekend? Fingers crossed.