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Thor: Love and Thunder: Everything you need to know before watching the film

he release date of Thor: Love and Thunder, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is finally upon us. The film marks the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and the return of director Taika Waititi, who made his Marvel debut with Thor: Ragnarok, a stylized romp that radically changed the tone of the superhero’s storyline. It will also see Tessa Thompson making a comeback as Valkyrie and Christian Bale joining the MCU as the much-talked-about villain Gorr the God Butcher. But most importantly, it will feature Natalie Portman’s Dr. Jane Foster in a brand new avatar as Mighty Thor. You can scream now.

A lot has changed since we first met Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, the “strongest Avenger” in the 2011 film. For starters, the Asgardian prince has left his violent ways and is prepared for a change. With everything else going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the eighth MCU film to feature the character arriving on the big screen, it can be hard to keep track of all the details. One could use a quick reminder of where the movies left off.

Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Watching Thor: Love And Thunder:

What Is The Plot Of Thor : Love And Thunder?

A part of the answer to that question lies in the trailer of the film. We see Thor reflecting on his choices as he says, “These hands were once used for battle. Now they’re but humble tools for peace,” and declares, “I need to figure out exactly who I am.” That’s precisely what we’re about to witness in the upcoming film. Thor in search of a new purpose. It is quite a fitting premise for the God of Thunder, who has gone through quite a character development through the course of the films he has appeared in. He was introduced as an arrogant, war-thirsty prince and has since then gone from proving himself to be worthy of Mjölnir to going up against Thanos to save Earth. Along the way, Thor faced many losses, including his mother, father, and brother Loki (while a variant of the demigod is out in the multiverse, he died in Thor’s timeline). It was enough to push him into darkness during the events of Endgame, where we see him drinking, playing video games, and gaining a dad bod. Cut to Thor: Love and Thunder. Thor goes through a transformation and is back in shape. New adventures await as he embarks on a new journey, one that involves connecting with his roots and bumping into his ex-girlfriend.

Thor Gave Up His Crown, And Valkyrie Is The King Of New Asgard

Fans will remember that, in Thor: Ragnarok, Asgard was destroyed after Thor went up against his sister Hela. Asgardians who survived the catastrophe have now formed a kingdom on Earth called New Asgard. Thor, who has been doubting his leadership abilities since Thor: The Dark World, finally gives up on the title. That’s where Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie steps in as the King of Asgard. Love and Thunder will take us into New Asgard and even see Valkyrie as a modern-day diplomat, as teased in the trailer. With a new threat on the horizon courtesy of Gorr the God Butcher, we’ll see her back in her armor.

Jane Foster Is Mighty Thor And Worthy Of The Hammer

Thor is without his first weapon, Mjolnir, and wields the Stormbreaker instead. In Thor: Love and Thunder, Jane Foster will prove to be worthy of Mjolnir. In the trailer, we see her summon it as it whizzes past Thor. This part is a little tricky, as fans will remember that Mjölnir was destroyed by Hela. It is important to note that the hammer Jane holds is a broken or at least cracked version. One of the biggest questions going into the film is how the weapon appears again in the film.

In a 2014 comic book run by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman, Jane becomes Mighty Thor (not female Thor, capisce?). In the storyline, Jane suffers from breast cancer. While using her powers as the Goddess of Thunder, her illness seems to be gone temporarily, but her health gets worse every time she transforms. So her powers come at a rather bleak personal cost. While Natalie Portman has talked about wanting to play the part after reading about Jane’s struggles in the comics, the star and director Taika Waititi have not confirmed if Jane’s cancer arc will be a part of the film.

Loki Dies, But His Variant Exists In The Multiverse

Among all the losses Thor has faced, Loki’s death is the one that hit the hardest. The demigod has faked his death before, but he did die when Thanos snapped his neck and tossed him at Thor’s feet. In Avengers: Endgame, Loki makes an appearance when the Avengers time travel and he escapes with the Tesseract. In Loki, the MCU series, that variant of the God of Mischief exists, and he unleashes some multiversal chaos of his own. While fans have been speculating that the character will appear in Love and Thunder, the chances appear slim.

Thor Hangs Out With The Guardians Of The Galaxy

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor, freshly rid of his title, joins the Guardians of the Galaxy and embarks on a space adventure with them. While it isn’t clear where they were headed, the upcoming film will provide some answers. The trailer did offer a look at Thor and Starlord’s hilarious dynamic, so we can look forward to their banter.

Thor hangouts with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gorr, The God Butcher, Is Coming! 

Christian Bale’s most notable role in a superhero movie is as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s iconic trilogy, but he’s all set to make his MCU debut with Thor: Love and Thunder. He will play the most intriguing villain by far—Gorr the God Butcher. In the trailer, Gorr says, “The world will be better without gods.” He clearly has it out for the gods. For context, Gorr was born on a planet in harsh conditions. When he loses his family members who believed in God, his resentment turns him into a non-believer, and he ultimately seeks vengeance upon the gods. The makers of Love and Thunder have made changes to the character, including his look. It will be interesting to watch Bale’s MCU stint.

By Tanzim Pardiwalla

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