Details about Crowe’s role are being kept under wraps on New Asgard. Marvel declined to comment.
Taika Waititi — who took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit” — will return to write and direct. The filmmaker directed the third film in the installment, “Thor: Ragnarok,” which was written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost. Waititi also portrayed Korg in “Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
The plot remains under wraps, but at the end of “Avengers: Endgame,” Thor left New Asgard on Earth and hitched a ride to parts unknown with the Guardians of the Galaxy. As they got ready to depart, Thor jokingly referred to the group as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” leading to a funny exchange with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) (aka Star Lord) about who really leads the team.
While the name “Asgardians of the Galaxy” in “Avengers: Endgame” mainly served as a fun pun — and probably also to set up Thor as a full-on Guardian in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” — in the comics, it’s actually an existing superhero team, and the reference could be hinting at a fun new expansion of the Guardians. The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after “Avengers: Endgame” is a great big mystery — and we’ve been having fun making guesses about what the “Black Widow” movie might be about.
“Thor: Ragnarok” grossed $854 million at the worldwide box office since its November 2017 release, and scored rave reviews from critics, achieving a 93% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an “A” CinemaScore.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” will be released on Feb. 11, 2022.
Russell Crowe most recently starred in 2020’s “Unhinged.”
Deadline confirmed the news of Crowe’s casting.