‘Bring Thor home to the Queensland'

BRING the God of Thunder back down under.

That's the message from movie industry and political leaders who plan to lobby entertainment giant Marvel Studios to make the next Thor film here on the Gold Coast.

They argue that securing the blockbuster would deliver thousands of jobs for the Coast's growing movie industry and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefit.

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Marvel announced over the weekend it would release Thor: Love and Thunder in late 2021, bringing back local superstar Chris Hemsworth in the title role and direct Taika Waititi.

The pair headlined the Gold Coast-shot 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok, a global smash hit which generated more than $854 million to the global box.

Now the push is on to bring its sequel to the Coast, something industry bosses say will create thousands of jobs and pour millions into the economy.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson of Marvel Studios' 'Thor: Love and Thunder' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson of Marvel Studios' 'Thor: Love and Thunder' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Screen Queensland chief executive Tracey Vieira said Thor: Ragnarok and delivered 1800 jobs to the region and injected $145 million into the local economy

"Screen Queensland is thrilled to hear the news regarding a fourth instalment of Thor," she said.

"We look forward to building on our strong relationships fostered with Marvel for the filming of Thor: Ragnarok and hope to attract this major feature film to Queensland.

"Attracting films of this size and scale to Queensland delivers strong community, economic, employment, industry and tourism outcomes for the state.

"It also is an opportunity to showcase our stunning Queensland locations to global audiences who will be inspired to book their next holiday to the home of Thor, Queensland."

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Director Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Director Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Thor: Ragnarok was filmed at Village Roadshow's Oxenford studios in 2016, with location shooting occurring in Tamborine National Park and Brisbane.

Its Australian premier was held on the Gold Coast, with Hemsworth, a Byron Bay resident, attending.

Industry sources have told the Bulletin that Hemsworth was keen to shoot the film locally after enjoying his experiences on the previous film.

Mayor Tom Tate backed the push.

"We love our sunshine on the Gold Coast but I am happy for the God of Thunder to make an appearance again," he said.

"Thor: Ragnarok was a huge success and I am confident we can deliver another box-office hit made right here on the Gold Coast."

Thor: Love and Thunder will also bring back Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Thor's love interest who will gain the powers of the Norse god in the new film.

 

Chris Hemsworth (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Chris Hemsworth (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)