In the first trailer for “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Natalie Portman returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, looking more strong than ever.
Taika Waititi, who directed the critically acclaimed “Thor: Ragnarok,” will direct the fourth installment in the “Thor” franchise. The film follows “Avengers: Endgame,” which ended with Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) stranded on Earth alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy after his kingdom Asgard was destroyed. Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel are expected to reprise their roles in the teaser, which begins with him as a member of the squad. Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi, who plays the rock gladiator Korg in the MCU, will both return for the film, but the teaser’s most exciting moment comes in the last seconds, when Portman’s Jane Foster is unveiled as the new Mighty Thor.
Set to the music of Guns N’ Roses Thor embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the trailer “Sweet Child ‘O Mine.” “These hands were once employed for battle, but now they’re nothing more than modest tools for peace,” he says as he sets down his new hammer Stormbreaker and gazes out across the galaxy. “Now I just have to figure out who I am.”
Thor departs from the Guardians of the Galaxy after a weight-loss training montage and a new suit to pursue his own path. He declares that his superhero days are finished and embarks on a journey throughout the cosmos with Korg. The trailer shows Thor on a pirate ship kissing an unknown woman, Thompson’s Valkyrie ruling over New Asgard as its king, a lightning-bolt wielding guy who is most likely Russell Crowe as the Greek god Zeus, and a lightning-bolt wielding man who is most likely Russell Crowe as the Greek god Zeus. Portman finishes the teaser by summoning Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, which has been magically reassembled, and revealing her comic-accurate Mighty Thor suit.
The story synopsis identifies Christian Bale’s nemesis, Gorr the God Butcher, as a killer seeking the extermination of the gods, yet there’s no mention of him in the trailer. Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane will have to work together on “a perilous cosmic quest to unravel the secret of the God Butcher’s revenge and stop him before it’s too late.”
“Love and Thunder” is based on Jason Aaron’s critically acclaimed run on the comic book “The Mighty Thor,” in which Jane Foster, who dated and broke up with Thor, assumed the superhero’s mantle when the sacred hammer Mjolnir considered him unworthy and robbed him of his powers. Foster’s newfound power, however, comes at a high price in the comics: every time she wields the hammer, her breast cancer worsens. However, it’s unclear whether the film will follow the same plot.
Jane is played by Portman again after her last appearance in 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World.” She is said to have quit the series because she was dissatisfied with the picture, particularly with the replacement of original director Patty Jenkins with Alan Taylor. Waititi, on the other hand, is said to have persuaded Portman to return to the MCU for the project.
Along with familiar faces, “Love and Thunder” will bring new characters to the franchise. Gorr the God Butcher, played by Bale, is a relatively modern Marvel character, having been developed by Aaron and Esad Ribic in 2013. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are reportedly likely to feature in cameo roles. Jenny Morris and Simon Russell Beale have been cast in the film in roles that have yet to be revealed. In addition, Jaimie Alexander, Sean Gunn, and Jeff Goldblum will reprise their MCU roles.
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and Taika Waititi collaborated on the film’s script. Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum are producing the film. Marvel Studios is in charge of the production. After being continuously postponed owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, the film was finally shot in Sydney, Australia last year.
The film “Thor: Love and Thunder” will be released in theaters on July 8