The fourth film in the Thor series has officially kicked off filming in Australia.
Production for Thor: Love and Thunder was supposed to commence back in August, but, like many other productions, was forced to be rescheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Posting to Instagram, Chris Hemsworth uploaded a series of snaps alongside director Taika Waititi, including the pair participating in a traditional Indigenous ceremony.
Hemsworth used the post to not only reveal that production had started but also to educate followers on the significance of the divisive Australia Day/Invasion Day, which takes place on January 26.
"A beautiful start to our shoot today with a Welcome to Country ceremony from the Gamay dancers of the Gadigal and Bidiagal Nation and performance and karakia by Maori dancers from Te Aranganui," Hemsworth wrote.
"Indigenous Australians may be just as proud of this country, but many see January 26th as a date signifying the beginning of dispossession, disease epidemics, frontier violence, destruction of culture, exploitation, abuse, separation of families and subjection to policies of extreme social control.
"Let's begin the healing and stand together in unity and support with our First Nations people with solidarity and compassion.
"Let's find a date where all Australians can celebrate this beautiful country together."
Hemsworth is set to be joined by Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, and Natalie Portman, while Christian Bale will be taking on the role of the villain in the movie.
Thor will also reportedly receive from help from Guardians of the Galaxy members, with Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Sean Gunn all seen heading Down Under ahead of filming.
While MCU fans have bid farewell to the likes of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America), it looks like Hemsworth is sticking around for now.
The Aussie actor told Poland's Elle Man he had no plans to retire from the franchise series just yet.
"Are you crazy?! I'm not going into any retirement period," he said."Thor is way too young for that. I'm only 1,500 years old! It is definitely not a film where I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so."
He seems super stoked about Love and Thunder, promising that the script will blow everyone away.
"After reading the script, I can say that I am very excited. For sure there will be a lot of love and a lot of lightning in this production.
"I'm glad that after all that happened in Avengers: Endgame, I'm still part of the Marvel Universe and we can continue the story of Thor.
"Of course, I can't tell you anything about the plot, but to satisfy your curiosity, I'll say that I had a lot more fun reading the script than on Thor: Ragnarok, and that proves something because that movie was brilliant."
Director of the series, Taika Waititi, told Tessa Thompson (who plays Valkyrie in the MCU) that fans should put their expectations up high for this one.
He said: "It makes Ragnarok feel like a really run-of-the-mill, really safe film.
"This new movie feels like we asked a bunch of 10-year-olds what they wanted to see and then just said yes to every single thing."
Love and Thunder isn't expected to hit cinemas until 2022 so we have a bit of time to wait, but at least we can now get excited as the project gets underway.Featured Image Credit: Disney/Marvel