Taika Waititi stokes rumours that 'Thor 4' will bring a MCU character back from the dead

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31:  Taika Waititi attends the Build Series to discuss the new film 'Thor: Ragnarok' at Build Studio on October 31, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
Taika Waititi attends the Build Series to discuss the new film 'Thor: Ragnarok'. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

As we saw last week, Chris Hemsworth is already limbering up for Thor: Love and Thunder, which is set to roll cameras after Christmas.

He was spotted lifting heavy things, having shifted his 'Bro Thor' timber from Avengers: Endgame.

But someone else might be limbering up for the movie too, which is no mean feat when you're supposed to be dead.

Director Taika Waititi posted a shot to his Instagram of a trip to visit the All Blacks rugby team last week, and he's got a pal with him.

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“Me and @idriselba visited the @allblacks last week and I think we can all agree that's what inspired last night's win,” he captioned.

While we're quite sure that Waititi and Elba are very good pals once the cameras stop rolling, this does seem in rather close proximity to the pre-production of the latest in Marvel's Thor series.

Elba, of course, played the all-seeing, all-knowing Heimdall, protector of the Bifröst, in 2011's Thor, 2013's Thor: The Dark World, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2017's Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

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The only problem with all this is that he got a bit stabbed by Thanos in Infinity War, and then died.

But as we all know, no one is too dead to be brought back to life somehow in the Marvel universe. Other than Tony Stark, perhaps.

<p>It looks as though Heimdall will finally get rid of that silly helmet… and with a new, rugged look he looks cooler than ever. But things haven’t exactly been going well for the Asgardian warrior. The former protector of the Bifrost Bridge, has gone missing in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – at least, that’s what we hear. How he plays into the larger story is unknown, but it doesn’t sound good.<br /> (Picture Credit: Marvel) </p>
Idris Elba's Thor: Ragnarok poster. (Picture Credit: Marvel)

But it's not inconceivable that Heimdall, who is a deity after all, could return to the action somehow.

In an interview last year, Elba seemed very open to returning indeed.

“Of course,” he told We Got This Covered. “Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So you know, he essentially could be alive. I'm just saying! I'm just putting it out there.

“The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology. And I'm sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course I would. Yes.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03:  Actor Idris Elba and Director Taika Waititi attend the Skream 4 Rhonda event at Sound Nightclub on March 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
Idris Elba and Director Taika Waititi attend the Skream 4 Rhonda event, 2017. (Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)

The plot for Love and Thunder remains a mystery too, though we do know that Natalie Portman's Jane Foster is returning, and may take up the mantle and powers of Thor.

The movie, part of Marvel's Phase Four and also featuring Chris Pratt returning as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, is set for release on 11 February, 2022.

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