On Thursday, July 7, “Thor: Love and Thunder” arrives in theaters, the Marvel Studios movie that promises to surprise fans with a new story focused on everyone’s favorite Asgardian. In the film, the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself on a journey unlike anything he has faced in the past: a search for inner peace.
Their retreat, however, is interrupted by a galaxy-spanning assassin known as Gorr, the Butcher of Gods (Christian Bale), whose mission is the extinction of the gods. With the help of the Valkyrie King (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Thor embarks on a cosmic adventure to stop the unlikely villain.
These are five essential facts to understand how Thor is and what can be expected of him within this new history.
A milestone within the MCU
The premiere of “Thor: Love and Thunder” marks a milestone in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for its acronym in English). With the film, Thor becomes the first character to lead four franchise films, after “Thor”, “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok”. For fans around the world, Chris Hemsworth is Thor, and the actor still feels committed to exploring and evolving his role. “I felt enormous pressure. For now, Thor is the only character to lead a fourth movie, and he wanted to do something different. I always want to do my best for the character,” confesses Hemsworth.
Cracks in the armor
Since his introduction to the MCU in 2011, Marvel’s creative team has had the opportunity to show the character of Thor in multiple facets. He was once an arrogant and impulsive prince banished from Asgard by his father Odin, and has experienced growth and loss ever since. In “Avengers: Endgame,” Thor’s last appearance so far, audiences began to see some cracks in the God of Thunder’s mighty armor. “In ‘Avengers: Endgame’ we see a very confused and lost version of Thor. He’s certainly better off at the end of the movie than he was at the beginning, but he still doesn’t really know who he is or what his place is in the universe. And he decides that he needs to seek out and take some time for himself,” explains Hemsworth. That, then, is the starting point of “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
Love love love
The filmmakers agree that the new film is, at its core, a love story. “Most people trying to find themselves are running from something. What Thor is running from is love because, in his experience, everyone he loves dies. Whether he can articulate it or not, he thinks he’s cursed,” comments producer Brad Winderbaum, adding, “Thor is a very existential character, and one of the things audiences will see in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is that he is not just a funny hero, who gets out of situations using his wit and charisma, but a guy who feels very deeply.”
In the story, Thor is reunited with Jane, an event that brings new revelations about the nature of the relationship they shared and their eventual breakup.
A villain never seen before
“Thor: Love and Thunder” also finds Thor facing a new challenge that takes him completely by surprise. In the film, the protagonist faces the most fearsome enemy he has ever met. Throughout his history within the MCU, he has come face to face with multiple rivals —from Laufey, the king of the ice giants, to his own sister Hela and Thanos—, but this time, the filmmakers have doubled the bet. “We needed to go a step further from Hela and find an even more imposing villain, and we found him in Gorr, played by the remarkable Christian Bale,” says director Taika Waititi.
Without a doubt, “Thor: Love and Thunder” places the God of Thunder at the center of one of the most extraordinary adventures of his life. If “Thor: Ragnarok” embarked him on a cosmic journey that somehow reinvented the character and allowed fans to connect with him in a new way, the new story takes him to even more amazing worlds. Says Waititi: “‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is similar to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in terms of tone and style, but we wanted to duplicate how vibrant and crazy the worlds and situations are that we put Thor in. When you’re dealing with a Viking in outer space, if you run and accept that incredible combination as the one that drives the story, you’re only really limited by your imagination.”
“Thor: Love and Thunder” opens on Thursday, July 7 in theaters in Chile.