Taika Waititi Confirms He'll Reprise Korg In Thor: Love And Thunder

Taika Waititi's Korg in Thor: Ragnarok

In addition to directing Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi also contributed to the movie by playing Korg, the soft-spoken Kronan gladiator who showed Thor the ropes around Sakaar. Because Waititi has returned to write and direct Thor: Love and Thunder, naturally this prompted speculation about if this meant Korg will be back as well. Sure enough, that will indeed be the case.

Take Waititi confirmed that Korg will appear in Thor: Love and Thunder while promoting his latest movie, Jojo Rabbit, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and when the studio audience cheered at the news, Waititi turned on his Korg voice and said:

Thank you, thank you so much for that reaction.

If he was already going to be working behind the camera, then it makes sense for Taika Waititi to also spend some of his time on Thor: Love and Thunder bringing Korg back to life, especially since he’s one of the God of Thunder’s closest allies now following the events of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. And since Korg is back, that hopefully means his mute, larva-like pal Miek will also be by his side again.

After making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Thor: Ragnarok, Korg cameoed in Avengers: Endgame, where he and Miek were shown to still be alive post-Decimation and were keeping Thor company in New Asgard. Both of them returned to aid Thor and all the other major Marvel heroes in the climactic battle against Thanos and his army on the wreckage of the New Avengers base, with Korg specifically being seen fighting Cull Obsidian, a member of the Black Order.

Because Thor left Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame, we haven’t learned what happened to Korg after that battle, but at least now we can rest easy knowing he’ll be back on the big screen. That said, it would be nice to learn before Thor: Love and Thunder’s release if Korg and Miek stuck around on Earth or if the duo hitched a separate ride to a different corner of the galaxy.

Korg is the fourth confirmed character to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder, behind Thor Odinson (duh!), Jane Foster and Valkyrie. Unofficially, it’s been rumored the alternate version of Loki introduced in Avengers: Endgame could also show up after the events of his Disney+ series are over.

Take Waititi also mentioned during his Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance that he’s “just finished a couple of drafts” on Thor: Love and Thunder. No specific story details have been revealed yet other than the fact that Natalie Portman’s Jame Foster will follow in her comic book counterpart’s footsteps and somehow transform into The Mighty Thor.

Thor: Love and Thunder will work its magic in theaters on November 5, 2021, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for updates on how it’s coming along. In the meantime, keep track of all the other Marvel movies scheduled and in development with our comprehensive guide.

Adam Holmes
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