New Thor: Love and Thunder Photo Confirms Major Black Panther 2 Connection

Thor: Love and Thunder is the next film on the release slate for Marvel Studios, and the House of Mouse is hard at work making sure theaters are backed for the picture. Monday, a new still from the Taika Waititi film made its way online, showing a convening of the gods, likely addressing a big problem at hand: the arrival of Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher. While the inclusion of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman) in the image isn't all too surprising, the appearance of another god ties the film simultaneously to both Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Moon Knight.

Below the Asgardians appears to sit Bast, the god worshipped by Wakandans in Black Panther, confirming earlier rumors the character would appear thanks to a portrayal by Akosia Sabet. In Ryan Coogler's initial film, the goddess never appeared in the flesh, only is a vision during an opening exposition dump explaining the country and its traditions. The character was also reference in Moon Knight as a member of the Egyptian Ennead. See the pic for yourself below.

Though Bast never appeared in Moon Knight, the show's head writer Jeremy Slater previously told us he thought those gods could appear in the flick as a cameo role. After all, we know the Greek Pantheon is appearing in addition to the Asgardians from Norse mythology and Bast from Egyptian mythology.

"Oh, God. I don't know," Slater replied when asked if any of the Moon Knight gods might show up in Thor: Love and Thunder. "Honestly, I don't know. If so, my guess is it's sort of a background cameo thing, but I really don't know the answer to that. That be cool if it did. Make me very happy, I'd love to see Taweret it in there somewhere, as long as she's not someone who's getting butchered by Gorr." Slater added, "If they kill Taweret, I'm done. I am officially retired. I will not recover from that personally. A hippo means more to me than most of the people I know in real life. Yes."

Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok, returns to direct Thor: Love and Thunder. He also co-wrote the film's screenplay with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The film and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Jeff Goldblum, and Vin Diesel.

Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters on July 8th.

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