Chris Pratt won’t definitively say if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While Thor spent some time with the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War, it wasn’t until the next installment that fans began to wonder if he could join the team of misfits. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor decides to give up his title as King of Asgard and travel the galaxy with the Guardians. He even jokes that they can now be considered the “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” much to the displeasure of Pratt’s Star Lord.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3′s journey through development has been quite lengthy, thanks largely in part to director James Gunn’s firing and rehiring. Currently, Gunn is shooting The Suicide Squad for the DCEU, and most recently said Vol. 3 won’t head into production until after The Suicide Squad wraps up. Vol. 3 has yet to score an official release date, but based on Marvel’s current release calendar, it likely won’t come until 2022 at the earliest. With very few plot details being known at this time, fans have been speculating about what will happen in Vol. 3, as well as who could appear.
While speaking to IGN at the premiere for his new Pixar film Onward, Pratt remained coy on the subject of whether the God of Thunder could join the Guardians. When asked why Thor isn’t in Vol. 3, Pratt immediately asked “How do you know that Thor’s not in Guardians 3? We haven’t shot it yet.” Pratt then continued by playfully saying, “He might be in Guardians 3. We don’t know, there’s no definitive yes or no on that.”
For his part, Gunn previously stated that the events of Endgame won’t effect Vol. 3‘s script because he already knew what would happen in Endgame while working on it. This could suggest he already wrote a part for Thor in Vol. 3, or he could just be hinting that Vol. 3 will deal with Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) death in Infinity War. Additionally, Gunn later said he hopes to wrap up the stories he began in the first Guardians of the Galaxy with Vol. 3.
Another thing leading fans to wonder if Thor will truly appear in Vol. 3 is his fourth solo movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. Thor was last seen jetting off into space with the Guardians, but something clearly makes him leave them behind. Could he return to the Guardians after Love and Thunder? Possibly, but if Gunn wants to spend Vol. 3 focusing purely on the Guardians and wrapping up their trilogy-spanning storylines, it might be hard to fit Thor in. Perhaps Thor will just be given a quick cameo. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 still so far away, it’s only speculation at this point. Hopefully it won’t be long before a definitive answer is given.