Academy Award winner Christian Bale is in talks to join the MCU with a top-secret potential role in Thor Love and Thunder. According to Collider, Bale is in advanced talks to sign up for Taika Waititi's highly anticipated sequel in an as-yet-unspecified role, but it is believed he could be in line to play the main villain of the movie. 

Bale is no stranger to starring in superhero movies having led Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, arguably a film franchise that forever changed the superhero genre. Should the talks go well, Bale will join the growing list of actors who have appeared in both DC and Marvel-based projects. He'll also be the second former Batman after Michael Keaton to shift gears to take on a villainous role for Marvel. 

The existence of a fourth Thor movie is still something of an unexpected gift; the Marvel template has not deviated from a trilogy for solo franchises before, and they were absolutely right to make Thor the exception. Aside from the fact that Thor The Dark World is deeply underwhelming, Ragnorak showed there was so much more to be done with the character. Thor went on quite the journey of self-discovery across Ragnorak, Infinity War, and Endgame. The now-former King of Asgard's future remained uncertain, but the tease of him joining the Guardians of the Galaxy sent Marvel fans wild with the possibilities. We're still none the wiser as to a possible appearance from Chris Hemsworth in the delayed Guardians Vol.3, or when it will land in cinemas. 

James Gunn is currently directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros/DC and production on Guardians Vol.3 isn't expected to start for at least another year. To round off this piece with a little speculation, it is entirely plausible that the Guardians will feature in Thor Love and Thunder in some capacity. Before he returns to the MCU Taika Waititi is already hard at work on his next film Next Goal Wins. Based on the documentary of the same name, Next Goal Win is set to arrive lat this year and stars Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss.

Thor Love and Thunder is set for release November 5, 2021.