Marvel fans were treated to the long wait for Thor: Love and Thunder when it finally dropped during Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, expanding Natalie Portman’s return as Jane Foster. No longer just a human, Jane Foster’s role in Thor’s story is elevated with the reveal that not only is she worthy to wield Mjolnir, but she is also worthy to carry the title, the Mighty Thor.
In the trailer, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor finally sheds off the weight he gained over 2019’s Endgame as Korg (Waititi) tells his tale as the God of Thunder to some curious listeners. The arrival of Jane Foster’s Thor throws the God of Thunder into a mixed bag of emotions with surprise that not only did she return, but she did so with his old weapon.
Apart from Natalie Portman’s return, fans were finally treated to the first look of Christian Bale’s Gorr the God-Butcher, the threat that Thor and his friends must overcome as Gorr has taken it upon himself to end all gods for their selfishness. Russell Crowe also makes a better appearance as Zeus (as his back was on the camera for the first trailer). Readers of the comic will be excited to see seasoned actor Christian Bale as Gorr, especially with the sword featured in the trailer, a weapon that has ties with Venom and the Celestials.
The second trailer featured everything that excited fans and casual watchers of the Thor movies – flashy colors, good humor, and vintage rock music (this time, Guns n’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine). While characters of the Thor comics are featured prominently, Thor: Love and Thunder will also include the Guardians of the Galaxy minus Gamora, making for another star-studded Marvel movie.
“The film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace,” wrote Marvel’s official synopsis. “But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit the theaters on July 8.