A couple of weeks back Marvel Studios dropped a teaser for the next lucrative installment in their ever-growing cinematic universe, “Thor: Love and Thunder”. Now they have released their first full trailer which (as expected) sent MCU fandom into the stratosphere. The teaser left me with several worries, namely it’s jarring tone, the question of how a dark character like Gorr the God Butcher would fit, and it being yet another story of Thor setting out to find himself. Unfortunately the new trailer does little to cure my concerns.
The trailer shows the same playful lightweight tone with director Taiki Waititi once again infusing as much comedy into his story as drama. This time around we don’t see much of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Instead it reveals more of Thor’s inner circle. Hemsworth once again embodies the character despite the material making him look like a clown at times. We get more of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie gets a few more lines, and we get a glimpse of Russell Crowe’s Zeus in a weird final scene that really sees the film stretching itself.
The biggest treat of the trailer is Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. He looks absolutely terrifying and he’s the kind of villain who could (and frankly should) have a big impact. That said, the dark and sinister shots with Gorr clash hard with the silly tone of most of the trailer leaving me still wondering how it all will play out. Even more, will Gorr end up a casualty of the movie’s more comedic ambitions?
“Thor: Love and Thunder” hits theaters July 8th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.
I’m loving that the music is an orchestral slow down of Guns n Roses Sweet Child of Mine!
I still haven’t quite figured that one out yet. LOL
Sounded great. I wish they didn’t funny-up Thor so much, I still think they got it right when he was in his first avengers movie. Not sure how Jane becomes a lady Thor as I’ve not read the comics. Seems weird.
They haven’t explained much of anything about Jane becoming Lady Thor. And you hit on my biggest concern. I don’t like how Thor has become such a punchline.
I watched it last night live on ABC but it was better on the YouTube version as the last bit with Russell Crowe as Zeus was fucking hilarious. Taika definitely understands that if you’re going to put asses in the seats. You have to give the ladies and the boys something to watch. He sort of got Mark Ruffalo to get butt-naked in Ragnarok. Seeing those ladies and guys faint over the sight of Thor’s… hammer killed me as was the chemistry between Tessa and Natalie.
Honestly, did you see the guns those 2 ladies are packing? They got fuckin’ ripped! They make Cunt Hogan’s 24-inch pythons look like zits. Shit, they’d squeeze the life out of that racist, grand-standin’, hot-doggin’ piece of shit and make him cry like a bitch. Plus…. you know… the truth about what he did…. to MISS ELIZABETH!!!!!! HE WAS LUSTIN’ AFTER HER!!!!!! NO WONDER RANDY SAVAGE WENT NUTS!!!!
Still, I fucking enjoyed the trailer as to see Natalie with the Mjolnir and kicking some ass while Christian Bale looks fucking insane as Gorr. Yeah, I’m there opening weekend. Get ready to blast some 80s rock as it’s not just GNR they’re going to feature but also the late, great Ronnie James Dio! \_/
I wish I was more confident in it. I guess it all comes down to what you want from it. I love Hems, Portman, Crowe, and Bale. But this looks more like a farce. And I’m really afraid that Gorr (who is a dark and sinister villain) is going to be the biggest casualty of the film’s intentionally goofy tone.
I enjoyed the trailer, and as expected, it’s full of director Taika Waititi’s trademark wacky humor. But the preview makes it look more like a superhero comedy than an MCU extravaganza. Ragnarok had that quirky tone, but it was balanced out by some dramatic beats and a compelling plot that kept you engaged. But you are right; Christian Bale looks very creepy!
I’m with you. I really do hope this doesn’t go too hard for the laughs. That would really be disappointing for me. I need those dramatic beats you mention.
Waititi directs??? How could I resist Christian Bale as the villain. I’m so there.
Oh yes. He directed the last Thor movie as well. I love Waititi’s original stuff, but I’m a little mixed on his MCU run.
I’m excited to see if Portman and Bale will have any scenes together. They previously co-starred in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” (2015). The comedic vibe here is actually a draw for me. Maybe it’s bc This isn’t my fav Marvel series, so I’m okay with the risk of it detracting from the characters and story.
For me it has been how the comedic vision made the characters (namely Thor and Hulk) clash with the versions of them we’ve seen in the other films. I do love Waititi, but I like him doing original projects most of all.