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Love and Thunder
Director: Taika Waititi
Staring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi
Korg (voice), Russell Crowe
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes Rated: PG-13
Where we are now n the MCU
So, here we are, with Thor the first Marvel character to receive a fourth solo MCU movie. (Before you object, try to remember that all 10 of the X-Men films as well as the first five Spider-Man movies were produced by Sony (and not part of the MCU), only the last three Spidey flics, were combined projects with Sony/Marvel Studios co-producing, and thus part of the MCU, and the four Avenger films included everyone, and thus not solo films!) From this one could assume that he is the most popular of the MCU characters, but the hard, sad, (actual) truth is that Chris Hemsworth is the only major MCU actor who is still under contract to the studio.
Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder | Official Trailer
Taking a pause
But I digress.
Thor across the galaxy!
When we last saw Thor (in Endgame) he was about 50 lbs, overweight, sporting a sizable beer gut which he acquired while wallowing in his own misery in New Asgard. We are re-introduced to Thor in this film by the dulcet tones of Korg, as he relates the tale of a revitalized God of Thunder who whips himself back into shape and hooks up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to trapse across the great expanse in search of adventure. Well, it goes without saying that all the morose feelings that post-snap Thor had during Endgame are gone and he is, once again, back to his entitled, frat-boy self, believing that he is the absolute center of all existence (not that that’s entirely a bad thing).
Thor & The Guardians of the Galaxy
The rise of the god-killer
However, before we get there, we are first introduced to the alien, Gorr, and his daughter, wandering aimlessly in the dessert of some alien world. Unfortunately, Gorr’s daughter, Love (India Rose Hemsworth), dies from exposure, dehydration, and malnourishment. After burying her, he spots an Oasis and heads towards it. Upon reaching it, he happens across his (and some other) gods. Gorr pleads for the life of his daughter, but is mocked by his god, for his very belief in the deity’s ability to even care in the slightest about his worshipers wants or needs. Enraged, Goor then gets his hands on the god-killer sword, and proceeds to kill not only his deity, but all the others in the oasis.
Birth of the god-killer
First, kill all the gods!
Realizing his newfound power/curse, Gorr sets out on a quest to kill all the gods across the multiverse, which naturally brings him into contact with the Asgardian pantheon, and ultimately, Thor. To combat the threat of Gorr the God Butcher, Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and, ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who - much to Thor’s surprise - wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor (and no, this is NOT a spoiler as that much has already been revealed in the many trailers leading up to the film, as well as in the Marvel comics themselves).
Kill all the gods!
And now, a new Thor!
As an unavoidable aside, to those of you who may object to a female Thor, know that in the actual Norse Mythology, the gender of some of the gods was gender fluid; especially Loki who in that mythology, not only disguised himself as a female horse, but wound up pregnant as well, not to forget that we have already been introduced to a female (as well as a reptilian) Loki in his eponymous Disney+ TV show
Consider the Myths
Needless to say, having said all of that, it is important to note two very important things, First, as previously mentioned, any character development that Thor experienced in Endgame has simply been discarded for this film, and he is back to his “I’m so cool and everything is about me” persona that we have experienced through his first three films, the second being that this film is, well, more of a comedy road pic than an action/adventure film – not that either of those things are essentially bad in and of themselves – it’s just that know both could possibly alter your understanding and/or enjoyment of the film itself.
Meet Jane Foster
Tikki Wakiki as director
Another important fact to recall about this film is that its director is Tikki Wakiki, who very famously gave us both Deadpool movies, as well as Jojo Rabbit; so, you should know going in that Tikiki has a very engaging sense of the absurd, which plays itself out in this film. So, while there is action/adventure aplenty in this film, there is also great big gobos of humor as well. (Truth to tell, while we surely did enjoy this film, we did find it just a tad too jokey for us – your milage may differ.) Still, you shouldn’t let any of that dissuade you from checking it out, as it is thoroughly enjoyable.
Tikki Wakiki as Korg
It's all about the children
As for the story itself it really is an epic adventure as Thor and his rag-tag band of heroes hunts down Goor as he has not only kidnapped all of the Asgardian children but is on his own quest to hunt down and slay Eternity, thus forcing Thor to not only remember his own heroic nature, but to acknowledge his responsibilities, and to recognize his need for love, thus giving him a new story arc.
Teach your children
In my house there are many gods
An important element of this particular film is the inclusion of various other Pantheons, including the Greco-Roman House of Zeus (and helps to usher in yet another important long-established Marvel character – no hints, but you should be able to figure it out even before you get to the second post-credit trailer).
Zeus is in the house!
In conclusion, we hope you enjoy this film
Still, perhaps the best part of this film is that while it still holds up the Marvel cinematic production values, and dedication to the backstories of the actual comics on which the films are based, it also very clearly demonstrates that not all comicbook films (or comics) have to be alike to be enjoyable. So we want to say that we certainly enjoyed the film for what it was, and we certainly hope you will as well.
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