Some Marvel fans loved Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, some fans hated it, and judging how much we know Marvel fans by now, we can expect the same thing will happen with Thor: Love and Thunder, the upcoming 29th MCU entry for which the official trailer has been recently released, and oh boy, there is a lot to talk about.
Thor: Love and Thunder got its teaser trailer last month and gave us a first glimpse at Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Thor gave up on his title as King of Asgard and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy in their adventures across the universe. Thor will get back in shape, get his famous abs back, and prepare for another interesting chapter of his MCU journey.
The official trailer which was recently released showed us more about Thor getting back into shape, but also gave us better looks at Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster/Mighty Thor, Russell Crowe’s Zeus, and the first legit look at the main villain Gorr, the God Butcher, who is portrayed by The Dark Knight star Christian Bale.
Post-Endgame Thor, Meeting Jane again
Jane and Thor haven’t seen each other since Thor: The Dark World, but now they will meet again, and Jane won’t be a mere love interest this time. It’s been known since the movie was announced that Jane will wield the power of Mjolnir and become Mighty Thor. There’s a whole comic book storyline on how she achieves that, but it’s unknown how much will the movie follow the source material. Still, Thor is definitely surprised to see her, and Mjolnir, as well. That could explain the word Love in the movie’s title. Also, Thor and Jane’s meeting also gave us a first glimpse at their new suits and helmets, as well as the first scenes of seeing Jane in combat. We dig it.
First look at Christian Bale as Gorr, the God Butcher
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Wow, Harvey Dent was a true prognosticator back in 2008’s The Dark Knight. Christian Bale, who played the titular superhero in that movie now joins Marvel to play Gorr, the God Butcher, the main villain of this upcoming MCU flick. Gorr is known as the villain who wants to kill all gods using his Necrosword. One interesting thing though, Necrosword was created by Knull, another supervillain who is associated with Venom and Carnage, which are part of Sony’s Marvel Universe. It will be interesting to see how will they explain Gorr’s story and the story of his weapon. Some quick scenes in the trailer gave us a glimpse of Thor fighting Gorr, but Valkyrie will have one round against this powerful villain. We can’t wait to see that on the big screen.
MCU movies are known for outstanding CGI and visual effects, and Love and Thunder certainly won’t be any different. The movie is promising to show us many visually stunning and colorful locations, especially since most of the movie will be about gods. There will not be a planet full of trash like Sakaar was in Thor: Ragnarok, and the kingdoms we’re going to visit through this movie look even more delightful than the original Asgard once was before Surtur blew it to hell.
Russell Crowe as Zeus
Russell Crowe, a veteran actor known for playing Maximus in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and Jor-El in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel now joins MCU as Zeus. You thought that only Norse gods are a thing in MCU? Think again. This movie will meet us with Greek gods and their Kingdom the same way DC’s Aquaman met us with Atlantis. Crowe seems like a really good choice for the role, although we don’t know how big of the role he’ll have. Maybe he’ll have a role similar to Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok, considering he’s the leader of a place that the main characters are visiting. We hoped he wouldn’t be made so humorous, but that last scene in the trailer, about which we’ll talk later, kinda proved us otherwise.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, the fans expected that Thor will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but that was before Love and Thunder was even announced. It turned out it will be the other way around, Guardians will be in the next Thor movie before they move on to their third solo movie. The trailer gave us a glimpse at Guardians as Thor is traveling with them through space. Maybe we’ll finally find out who’s in charge, Thor or Star-Lord. A quick scene in the trailer showed us Guardians in the action, but to be honest, we’re hoping that the role of Guardians won’t be too big, because this is still a Thor movie, and we’re hoping the movie will keep its focus on him and the supporting characters associated with him, while we wait for the next adventure of Guardians this year in their Holliday Special, and next year in their third, and presumably final movie.
The movie’s humor and… that last scene
One thing we have already gotten used to from the MCU movies, they will take any opportunity to either make us laugh, or make us cringe sometimes, and we’re not entirely sure what they tried to achieve with that last scene of the trailer. It’s known that Taika Waititi is a comedian director, a great comedian director to be clear, we loved his work on Jojo Rabbit, and we can see this movie will continue to follow Waititi’s style that was also present in Thor: Ragnarok. Some fans loved it, some fans hated it, and the same thing will most likely happen here again. Still, we can’t shake the feeling that Ragnarok was overhumored sometimes, and we’re getting the same vibe here. It’s okay to put humor in the movie, but maybe they could try to lower the dosage. Still, we know how much Marvel loves to show the muscles and abs of its main stars (and we won’t lie, if anyone has perfect abs, that’s Chris Hemsworth), but this time, did they take it maybe too far? We’ll leave you to make your judgment on that.
When we put it all together, we’re expecting that Thor: Love and Thunder will be as MCU movie as it gets. Tons of great visuals, charismatic actors, loveable characters, and everything we love from Marvel. Yes, there will be a lot of humor as well, and some of it is kinda cringeworthy, but it depends on how much each fan is ready to deal with it. The main villain looks amazing, and he’s played by one of the best actors of the generation, so when we put it all together, there are more reasons to be excited about this movie than reasons to be skeptical about it. We cannot wait for July 8, and of course, you can expect our review as soon as the movie hits theaters.
Co-written and directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released on July 8, 2022.