Love & Thunder Early Reactions Praise Humor & Christian Bale

Love & Thunder Early Reactions Praise Humor & Christian Bale

Following the world premiere of the MCU Phase 4 movie starring Chris Hemsworth, the first Thor: Love and Thunder early reactions have surfaced online.

The first Thor: Love and Thunder early reactions are in following the world premiere. Chris Hemsworth returns as the god of thunder for his fourth solo film in 2022, with director Taika Waititi after the fresh and comedic redirection he took the character in Thor: Ragnarok. The announcement of Thor: Love and Thunder in 2019 came with the exciting confirmation that Natalie Portman would return as Jane Foster and become Mighty Thor. The movie’s cast grew to include Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the entire Guardians of the Galaxy team, big cameos like Zeus (Russell Crowe), and a powerful villain in Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale).


Thanks to the star power attached and goodwill after Ragnarok, excitement for Thor: Love and Thunder has remained incredibly high. The movie endured multiple delays due to COVID-19, as it was originally set to release in November 2021. Marvel Studios left fans waiting for the start of the film’s marketing campaign too, as the first Thor: Love and Thunder trailer did not release until April 2022. Audiences have since seen an onslaught of footage highlighting the film’s crazy visuals, fun tone, big action, and love story. All of this helped make Thor: Love and Thunder one of the most anticipated movies of 2022.

Ahead of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film releasing in theaters on July 8, 2022, Thor: Love and Thunder early reactions have now made their way online. The social media reaction embargo has been lifted now that the movie’s Hollywood red carpet debut happened on the night of June 23, 2022. The result is a flood of Thor: Love and Thunder reactions to let audiences know just how excited they should be for the Phase 4 movie.

Another classic Thor adventure! #ThorLoveAndThunder is everything I wanted it to be. Big, colorful, weird Guns N’ Roses-fueled battles to go w/ a hopelessly romantic story about discovering love in unexpected places. Christian Bale & Russell Crowe are especially great. And Korg!

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) June 24, 2022

#ThorLoveAndThunder is the funniest film in the MCU. The jokes are excellent as is the cast delivering them.

Christian Bale, obviously, is also terrifying as #Gorr

BUT, the plot felt flat and stakeless. Not sure if that’s a #Thor problem or an MCU-without-a-big-bad problem.

— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) June 24, 2022

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER is a rockin’ great time with electrifying action, lots of laughs (the screaming goats!) & a profound story on absent gods & our desire for love. Natalie Portman makes a mighty return & Christian Bale slays it as the terrifying Gorr. The best Thor film yet!

— Matt Neglia @Tribeca (@NextBestPicture) June 24, 2022

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER is the greatest MCU movie, or, for that matter, any movie ever made because it has a direct reference to COCKTAIL (that part not a joke) and in my own pantheon of references, those are the rules I set long ago so I must abide by them

— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 24, 2022

#ThorLoveAndThunder is predictably hilarious yet unexpectedly personal and heartfelt. Christian Bale and Natalie Portman’s performances truly shine while Waititi delivers an emotional story. I think this may be my favorite Thor movie.

— Richard Nebens – The Direct (@RichardNebens) June 24, 2022

However, you can’t be that breath of fresh air twice, so you need to up the emotional connection to the characters and the plot. See the Guardians movies. #ThorLoveAndThunder tries but can’t quite hit it, and comes across as weirdly restrained, which is a shame.

— Kaitlyn Booth (@katiesmovies) June 24, 2022


Sources: Various [see above]

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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