Butchering Gods and Finding Love: 'Thor: Love and Thunder' Preview

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Quite a bit has happened over the past five years. We all bought Nintendo Switches, became obsessed with Baby Yoda, saw Frances McDormand take home two Oscars for Best Actress (okay, maybe I'm the only one who cares about that), and developed Achilles tendinitis (okay, that's another Me Problem.) We also watched a new rover land on Mars and became collectively addicted to a word game. Oh, and we even journeyed through a worldwide pandemic.

The one thing we didn't get? A new Thor movie.

Five years after Thor: Ragnarok was released, we're finally getting that coveted sequel: Thor: Love and Thunder. Brought to us by the same man behind Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi, this film has already garnered an insane amount of hype, and rightfully so.

Without revealing too much about the specific plot details, Thor: Love and Thunder takes place after Thor's stint as an honorary Guardian of the Galaxy and the events of Avengers: Endgame. With all that mess behind him, Thor's looking for a change of pace, so he sets off on a solo quest to reach an elevated state of tranquility and peace. However, that peace doesn't last too long as Gorr, the God Butcher decides to continue on his mission of eliminating every god from the universe.

A little out of shape, Thor needs a couple of helping hands to put an end to Gorr, which includes Korg (Taika Waititi), King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and the Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman).

The Mighty Thor

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I mean, it is called Love and Thunder, after all, so there's got to be some love in this one, namely between Thor and Dr. Jane Foster, (an astrophysicist also known as the Mighty Thor), who's portrayed by Natalie Portman.

The pair's relationship goes way back, as Jane is Thor's ex-girlfriend whom he met first in New Mexico after he landed there following his exile from Asgard by his father. She played a much larger role in Thor: The Dark World, as she became intertwined in a major mess in another world with Thor, Loki, and Malekith.

This time around, she'll be fully joining forces with Thor not as an astrophysicist, but as the Mighty Thor, and a major force to be reckoned with.

Gorr, the God Butcher

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On the "thunder" side of things, our buddy Thor is having to go up against Gorr, the God Butcher, portrayed by Christian Bale. The character first appeared in Thor: God of Thunder #2, which was published in 2013; basically, he lost all of the hope he had in the gods above after his son, Agar, was killed, leaving him to take on this new identity as the God Butcher (very aptly named). Gorr's mission in life is to destroy all gods as they betrayed him and his son—so, in other words, he's a cheap date: all he wants to do is murder some gods.

Thor: Love and Thunder will be Gorr's first live-action appearance as he has only appeared in various comics since 2013; though he doesn't possess any of the same superhuman capabilities as the Avengers we know and love, he has a casual 3,000 years of fighting experience under his belt. So, yeah, he's not going to be an easy foe.

Thor: Love and Thunder will premiere in theaters on July 8, 2022.

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