Spoilers ahead …
By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a lot more interesting—and godly—with “Thor: Love and Thunder,” produced by Palisadian and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. The film hit theaters on Friday, July 8.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, alongside Natalie Portman as she reprises her role as Jane Foster and transforms into the Mighty Thor.
“The film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced—a quest for inner peace,” according to Marvel Studios. “But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who—to Thor’s surprise—inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
A number of stars are featured in the film: Palisadian Chris Pratt appears as Peter Quill with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Russell Crowe is introduced to the MCU as Zeus, Christian Bale—unrecognizably—takes on the role as Gorr, and actor/former Palisadian Matt Damon makes a cameo.
According to Slash Film, Feige said Marvel fans can expect to see more versions of Thor in the future.
“There are these things called comic books that have a lot of stories in them and that’s where all of our stories come from,” Feige said. “And if the question is, ‘Have you told all the great horror stories from the comics and movies?’ The answer is no. There are lots of them … It’s almost entirely about continuing the experience with the actor and being able to see … I think of all of our cast not as their individual characters, but as the Marvel Players, who within that character can grow and evolve and change.”
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is directed by Taika Waititi, who revealed that Feige had the idea to cast “Ted Lasso’s” Brett Goldstein as Hercules—who appears in the end credits.
“I don’t know if that’s to do with Thor, or if it’s to do with how that will develop,” Waititi said to Uproxx. “Because, obviously, Hercules, there’s a character from the books as well … This will be interesting to see because Kevin, he’s obviously the mastermind of all of these threads and how they’ll tie up and how they meet, mix and match. So I’m curious to find out myself.”
“Thor: Love and Thunder”—rated PG-13 with a runtime of one hour and 59 minutes—is currently in theaters.
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