Christian Bale in Talks to Join Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Actor last wore superhero spandex in DC’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy

Last Updated: January 6, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Christian Bale is in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and join Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” TheWrap has confirmed.

Bale last wore superhero spandex in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy.

Taika Waititi 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 in “Avengers: Endgame,” as the film is wrapping up, one moment of sorely-needed levity after so many gut-punches comes when Thor leaves New Asgard on Earth and hitches a ride to parts unknown with the Guardians of the Galaxy. As they get ready to depart, Thor jokingly refers to the group as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” leading to a funny exchange with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) about who really leads the team. So we know at least where Thor might be when he returns.

“Thor: Ragnarok” grossed $854 million at the worldwide box office since its debut in November of 2017, and scored rave reviews from critics, achieving a 93 percent “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an “A” CinemaScore.

A four time Oscar nominee who won a best supporting actor Oscar for 2010’s “The Fighter,” Bale can currently be seen in “Ford v Ferrari.” Bale is repped by WME.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” will hit theaters Nov. 2021.

Marvel had no comment.

Collider first reported the news.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” will hit theaters Nov. 2021.

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