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.