Thor: Love and Thunder will demonstrate how far the Norse God has progressed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Thor thundered his way back into our good graces in Taiki Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, after two underwhelming solo films — the less said about The Dark World, the better –
The third Thor picture was a breath of new air for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s no surprise that the New Zealand native was selected to helm Thor’s next standalone adventure. On the surface, it appears to be such. The second Marvel film in 2022 will be a bigger ensemble event than previous Thor films, but it will center on the title character.
While some of the founding Avengers have since left the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, Thor remains an important character in the MCU. Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the Asgardian God in Thor: Love and Thunder, following three solo films and four Avengers flicks.
The first Thor film was released in 2011 when the MCU was still establishing its footing. Thor was a key character in 2012’s enormously popular The Avengers, but many fans were let down by his subsequent appearance, the confused Thor: The Dark World. It wasn’t until the advent of famed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi for 2017’s Thor Ragnarok that this ludicrous character’s potential was realized, as Waititi delivered a humorous, surreal, intergalactic heartfelt performance.
Avengers: Endgame concluded with Thor in the company of Marvel’s most adored gang of jerks. So, in the fourth Thor film, Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Vin Diesel (Groot), and Sean Gunn (Kraglin) are all back in action. Surprisingly, no news on whether Bradley Cooper’s Rocket will make an appearance, but we assume he will.
Loki is one Thor regular who will not be returning to create havoc. The trickster god died in Avengers: Infinity War, but as we saw in Endgame and Loki’s own TV program, he’s theoretically back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or, more precisely, the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.
Thor: Love and Thunder were first announced in 2019 and will be released this year. With an amazing ensemble and Waititi returning to the director’s chair, there’s every chance it’ll be something genuinely exceptional. So he’s everything we’ve learned about Thor so far: Love and Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder have set itself to be released on July 8, 2022. It was scheduled to be released on November 5, 2021, but, like so many other theatre releases, it was postponed owing to the ongoing epidemic. It was then scheduled to be released in May 2022, but after Marvel Studios announced that it would be delaying all of their planned films, the date was pushed back again.
It will also be released exclusively in cinemas before being released on Disney Plus. Given that Shang-Chi and Eternals didn’t get on the streaming platform until 55 days after their initial release, it’ll be a surprise.
Not yet, but according to one Marvel movie leaker, that might change shortly. According to Brandon Matthews, the first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder were nearly finished in mid-January. Given the passage of time, it’s probable that the film’s trailer may be released shortly.
Is it possible to view it at this year’s Super Bowl? Unlikely, given that Marvel is apparently launching new TV advertisements for Moon Knight and Doctor Strange 2. Still, perhaps we won’t have to wait long to see any video.
The plot of the film is unknown. Given the secrecy surrounding Marvel films these days, no one should be surprised. However, because we don’t have an official synopsis yet, we can’t even speculate on what that teases. Thor: Love and Thunder is expected to pick up where we left off with the god of thunder at the end of Avengers: Endgame — that is, overweight and teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Because Thor 4 will be released before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, we expect that narrative element to be addressed.
Exploring the comics to learn more about the narrative of Thor: Love and Thunder, we discover that it was influenced by the Mighty Thor comics, which were written by Jason Aaron. During the course of that series, Thor loses his ability to carry Mjolnir, and Jane Foster takes up his mantle while fighting cancer in her human form.
“When we were shooting Ragnarok, I was reading one of Jason Aaron’s storylines, The Mighty Thor,” Taika Waititi stated onstage at San Diego Comic-Con 2020. (per Deadline). “And for those of you who are familiar with that plot, it’s wonderful; it’s full of emotion, love, and thunder, and it introduces female Thor for the first time.”
Cast of Thor: Love and Thunder
As confirmed we know that Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth. Valkyrie by Tessa Thompson, Doctor Natalie Portman The Mighty Thor/Jane Foster, Gorr the God Butcher by Christian Bale, Chris Pratt in the role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Drax by Dave Bautista, Nebula by Karen Gillan, Mantis by Pom Klementieff, Groot by Vin Diesel, The Grandmaster by Jeff Goldblum, Sif by Jaime Alexander, Taika Waititi stars as Korg, Kraglin by Sean Gunn, Zeus by Russell Crowe, Matt Damon, Loki Thor is played by Liam Hemsworth, Odin by Sam Neill.
And finally, Hela is played by Melissa McCarthy.
Director of Thor: Love and Thunder
Producers of Thor: Love and Thunder
Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Kevin Feige and Todd Hallowell