Seems like Taika Waititi’s direction style could influence Christian Bale’s choice of villain in Thor: Love and Thunder and it’s closer to his portrayal of Batman’s alter ego, but as per Marvel’s stylebook.
After a long period of speculation, earlier this year, it was finally confirmed that Christian Bale would be starring in Thor: Love and Thunder. Even before Marvel Studios had a chance to confirm his involvement, the buzz had already gone out the roof.
Watch: Christian Bale Officially Confirmed For Thor Love And Thunder
Bale: The Mystery Villain Of The MCU
Christian Bale redefined the superhero genre with his brilliant portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Batman Trilogy. But more importantly, he has a knack for bringing a high level of intensity to every role he plays. Bale is known for epic body transformations to fit the roles he plays; a skill that’s part of the dedication that has won him several accolades.
Since the news broke, fans have been trying to theorize which Thor villain would be perfect for the dexterous actor. Marvel has been tight-lipped about the movie’s plot as expected, with only Director Taika Waititi offering a hint when he spoke to Metro. He told,
“It’s going to be bigger and louder and more bombastic. It’s only interesting to me if we’re doubling down on how nuts Ragnarok was.”
It seems the news of Bale’s involvement even has the cast excited, as Tessa Thompson couldn’t help herself when she spoke to Entertainment Tonight. “Christian Bale is going to play our villain, which is going to be fantastic”, she said. “I’ve read the script. I can’t tell you much. Lots of exciting text messages exchanged between Natalie [Portman] and I. Taika [Waititi] is writing and directing. Some familiar faces. Some new people coming into the mix.”
Watch: Breaking Down Taika Waititi’s Love And Thunder Clues
From what we know, Waititi likes to infuse good doses of comedy and satire into serious plots and we love him all the more for it. His style brought a much-needed spice to the Thor franchise in Ragnarok. Not only breathing new fire in the character but also making it the third highest-grossing Marvel movie. There is a possibility that Waititi’s style could also influence the MCU’s choice of role for Christian Bale.
By The Grace Of Dark Gods
According to Marvel Studios, ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ is going to be a mix of romance, comedy and unhinged action. From a New Asgardian ruler to a new Thor, the possibilities on how the movie could play out are endless. It seems Dario Agger – aka the Minotaur – is likely Christian Bale’s choice of villain in Thor: Love & Thunder.
The character’s foreshadowing has been long done with Easter eggs. Agger is the CEO of Roxxon Corporation. In the trailer for the Loki series, we see a bus with the description “Roxxon Evacuation Shuttle” in the background, which confirms the corporation’s existence in the MCU.
Watch: Marvel Comics Dario Agger Origins
In the comics, Agger makes a pact with the dark Gods that give him the ability to turn into a Minotaur. A billionaire with endless resources at his beck and call, he is known to be a ruthless exploiter. Further, Agger and his company are heavily involved in the events that introduce Jane as Lady Thor.
Bale seems like the perfect casting for this one. He fits the bill. We have seen him playing the anti-hero billionaire Bruce Wayne whose whole character arc is based on revenge and personal loss like Agger. Jason Aaron, the writer of one of the most famous comic issues of Thor, has also confidently speculated that Bale would most likely be playing the billionaire role, except as a villain this time.
The movie slated for a November 2021 release will see the return of Portman for the first time since her appearance in 2013 Thor. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, now monarch of the new Asgard following Thor’s retirement would be keen to “seek her queen”. This, of course, means that Valkyrie would be the first LGBTQ+ superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Love and Thunder is said to draw inspiration from Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s comics run on The Mighty Thor. In that series, Foster inherits the powers of Thor and is able to wield the legendary hammer Mjolnir. With Valkyrie anointed the new leader of Asgard and Thor somewhat adrift after the events of Avengers: Endgame, it will be interesting to see how Bale’s villain and Portman’s new Thor factor into the story.