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Fans of Marvel films can start getting excited after director of Thor, Taika Waititi, has confirmed filming for the next instalment in the Thor story will begin this summer in Australia.
Fans of the superhero story can expect to see film stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman reunite for the fourth film in the franchise as a sequel to Thor: Ragnarok released in 2017.
The plot is still being kept tightly under wraps but fans have speculated that the latest film will see Natalie Portman's character Jane Foster returning as a new Thor.
Also confirmed to be returning is Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.
In a red carpet interview with Variety, Waititi said: "Well, we move down to Sydney around April, I think, maybe. And then we'll start shooting probably around August, I think."
With filming locations planned across Australia, the current bushfire crisis sweeping the country could potentially have an effect on the director and crew's ability to carry out filming.
Speaking about the devastation, Waititi said: "I mean, I don't know. It's insane what's happening down there. I just keep reading about it every day and it seems to be getting worse."
He added: "It's absolute chaos."
Taika Waititi speaks about #Thor4 and the Australia wildfires: "It's absolute chaos" https://t.co/SUepqRWrbK #BAFTATea pic.twitter.com/prM2pfKMBA
- Variety (@Variety) January 5, 2020
Thor: Love and Thunder is expected to pick up where 2017 left off in Thor: Ragnarok, which ends with the destruction of Thor's home planet Asgard.
The last scenes see Thor and his brother Loki lead the evacuation of Asgard onto a large ship and debate where they should take their people to settle. Thor suggests Earth - presumably unaware that his superhero friends are engaged in a civil war.
With filming beginning in the summer, Thor: Love and Thunder is expected to be released to cinemas on 5 November 2021.
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