Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi’s follow-up to Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is in the process of picking up some potentially intriguing storylines based on the early looks and trailers we’ve seen so far.
Since Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder debut in 2011 as one of the original six Avengers in the marvel‘s Cinematic Universe, it has undergone a significant amount of character development.
Jane Foster, who last starred in the first two films, returns in a role that seems far more significant this time.
The unexpected performance of Christian Bale as the main antagonist Gorr adds to the Marvel sequel’s already strong appeal to its dedicated fans.
After the final
Fans saw a very disorganized Thor during Marvel Studios’ huge crossover event, Avengers: Endgame, as he coped with a tremendous amount of guilt over what he believed to be a failure to stop Thanos.
Thor embarked on a galactic journey with the Guardians of the Galaxy, leaving Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie in charge of New Asgard. It’s a fitting way for Thor to reflect on his life after shouldering the tremendous burden of succeeding his late father Odin as avenger. Thor: Love and Thunder gives the impression that his time with the Guardians of the Galaxy was just a brief build-up before the main storyline began.
After all the Avengers-level upheaval, this film will continue Thor’s quest for inner peace and a renewed sense of self.
The Rise of the New Thor
Foster’s return to the limelight after two stunning performances in the first film and Thor: The Dark World is undoubtedly one of the best-selling aspects of this fourth film. She will appear in Thor: Love and Thunder as Mighty Thor, which is the most spectacular comeback imaginable.
She and Valkyrie will join forces with Thor to battle a new threat, but Mighty Thor’s involvement will also point directly to one of their favorite comic book plots.
Jason Aaron’s appearance in the Mighty Thor series, in which Jane takes on the heroic role while coping with a cancer diagnosis and her treatments, is partially adapted by Waititi.
Since the events of the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, Thor seems to have transitioned to using his Stormbreaker ax as his signature weapon, while Mighty Thor still uses a more advanced version of his old hammer, Mjolnir. Jane’s new outfit, which includes the Norse-inspired helmet, is a fantastic recreation of her comic book alter ego.
Bales God Butcher
Arguably the next most exciting aspect of Love and Thunder is Christian Bale’s entry into this cinematic world as villain Gorr the God Butcher, now that Portman has returned to the MCU and her role is bigger than ever. This will mark the British actor’s first appearance in the comic/superhero genre since completing his acclaimed run as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.
A relatively new addition to Thor’s rogues gallery, Gorr the God Butcher made his comic book debut in 2013’s Thor: God of Thunder #2, thanks to writers Aaron and artist Esad Ribi. Gorr, as his name and the title of the book imply, harbors a longstanding animosity towards the gods of the cosmos, believing them to be self-centered and deserving of being banished from existence.
Gorr embarked on a genocide-inspired hunt for all gods after losing his mother, lover, and children, which ultimately pitted him against Thor. He takes All-Black the Necrosword, a sword that belonged to Knull, the first symbiote (Venom, Carnage, etc.), although it’s unclear if that sword will have any connection to that part of the Marvel Universe.
Bale is known for his exceptional acting skills as well as occasionally taking on literally transformative roles. It seems Bale poured his talent into this villain in Love and Thunder and it should be amazing to watch him bring this comic book character to life.