With the inclusion of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, Thor isn’t the best part of Thor: Love and Thunder.
Even though Thor is in the movie’s title, the most exciting parts of Thor: Love and Thunder have nothing to do with Chris Hemsworth’s character. Thor 4’s story reunites Hemsworth with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Ragnarok is largely recognized for breathing much-needed new life into the Thor franchise, and Waititi and Hemsworth will look to keep that going in the upcoming movie. So far, all indications are that it will be bigger and better, with the first footage highlighting many points of interest.
Though Thor: Love and Thunder won’t hit theaters until July 2022, there have already been tons of enticing updates on the film. Hemsworth has teased that Thor will be his strongest yet in the movie, and the cartoonishly big arms he’s showed off in BTS photos and the official trailer make that statement hard to argue with. Having shed Fat Thor’s emotional and physical weight, the God of Thunder is taking a new approach to life in Thor: Love and Thunder, focusing on self-improvement, peace, and love. While this new direction for Thor should be pretty interesting, there’s plenty more to be excited about.
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Although Thor: Love and Thunder is technically about Thor, the film is packed with so many other compelling points that he might actually take a backseat. Love and Thunder marks the debut of a new Asgardian ruler with a gay storyline, a key villain, a new set of gods, and even a new Thor. Not only that, but natural scene-stealers from past MCU films are also set to make appearances. Given all this, Thor himself could actually be the least exciting part of Thor: Love and Thunder.
Who Will Upstage Thor In Love And Thunder?
Thor: Love and Thunder is packed with characters that might outshine the God of Thunder himself. The Guardians of the Galaxy, who teamed up with Thor to face Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, are slated to make an appearance; Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is set to return as Jane Foster, Thor’s one-time love interest; Russell Crowe will bring a new Marvel Cinematic Universe character, the Olympian Zeus, to life; and Christian Bale is set to play a complex villain, Gorr the God Butcher. In addition to Goldblum possibly returning from Thor: Ragnarok, Matt Damon, who played a thespian portraying Loki in the movie, is also back. In every way, the impressive cast seems to be shoving Thor’s story into the background.
More than twenty films in, it’d be easy for Marvel to simply repeat what’s been working, but Thor: Love and Thunder is giving the MCU the opportunity to break new ground. Portman’s Jane Foster is set to transform into Mighty Thor in the film, possibly overcoming cancer and becoming the first female hero to wield Mjölnir. Beyond that, Tessa Thompson announced at 2019 Comic-Con that her character, Valkyrie, arguably the first LGBTQ hero in the MCU, would be looking for her queen. With LGBTQ+ stories largely existing only between the lines of the MCU thus far, Valkyrie’s storyline could be an important step forward. Bale’s God Butcher shouldn’t be overlooked either. The character, who blames the gods for the loss of his family in the Marvel comics, could bring a whole new element of pathos—and possibly Bale’s signature Batman growl—to the Marvel universe.
At this point, Thor—as well as Hemsworth’s massive arms—don’t seem to have much room left to grow. He’s already gone through a full arc across multiple MCU movies. Thor started out arrogant and entitled in 2011’s Thor, gained some humility in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and passed on the throne of Asgard to Valkyrie in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. The character is still reckless and has an act-first-think-second mentality, but at this point, that’s just who Thor is. It seems that Thor: Love and Thunder will also reveal other characters’ true natures.
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Love And Thunder Provides Two Completely New Thors
As previously mentioned, Thor: Love and Thunder will see the debut of a completely new Thor character: Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, played by returning Thor actress Natalie Portman. While this is one more reason to assume that Thor Odinson will take a backseat in Thor: Love and Thunder, it also indicates the franchise coming full circle, which could actually complement Thor’s own arc nicely.
The other new Thor clearly emphasized in Love and Thunder is Hemsworth’s character himself; having gone through yet another transformation after his time as Fat Thor, Odinson’s new iteration is once again totally different than those that have come before. Not quite Party Thor from What If…?, this new Thor is nonetheless much more casual and at ease, and feels almost like a totally new character. Coupled with the trailer’s opening sequence showing Thor’s different stages of growing up, this seems like a strong indication that Thor: Love and Thunder will bring a meaningful conclusion, or at least good progress, to Thor’s long, fraught MCU arc. Ultimately, then, Thor himself could still be a very compelling element of Thor: Love and Thunder’s story.
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