Thor: Love and Thunder is a 2022 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The film is a sequel to Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. It is the twenty-ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the twelfth installment of Phase Four. The film was released on July 8, 2022.
The film is written and directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, Tessa Thompson as Brunnhilde/King Valkyrie, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Taika Waititi as Korg, with Russell Crowe as Zeus, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor.
The film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — a quest for inner peace. 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, Mjølnir, 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.
Gorr, the last of his people, spends his days striving to survive on a barren desert with his daughter. He prays to his god Rapu for help, but his daughter soon dies of starvation. Just as he begins to hear a voice calling out to him in the distance, Gorr discovers an oasis where he finds Rapu, who had killed the latest wielder of an ancient weapon known as All-Black the Necrosword. Rapu makes fun of Gorr for his helplessness and refuses to provide any assistance. Feeling betrayed, Gorr claims the Necrosword and beheads him, and vows for the elimination of all gods.
Thor continues his adventures with the Guardians of the Galaxy, responding to distress calls across the universe while working to get back in shape. However, Thor remains discontent with where he is in life, and intends to retire. An influx of distress calls regarding Gorr emerge, one of them being from Sif, who had hunted him down. Thor and Korg respond to Sif's call, parting ways with the Guardians who leave to respond to the others. They find a defeated Sif with her arm severed, who warns them that Gorr will attack New Asgard next.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jane Foster undergoes treatment for stage IV cancer. Efforts to research for a cure prove futile and she beings to lose hope, but Foster becomes inspired to travel to New Asgard in hopes that their magic can help eliminate the cancer. As Thor has unknowingly enchanted it to protect Foster while they were together, Mjølnir becomes drawn to her presence, fusing itself back together and imbuing her with the powers of the Mighty Thor.
That night, Gorr uses the Necrosword to swarm New Asgard with shadow monsters. Thor, Korg, and Sif arrive to confront them, as does King Valkyrie and Foster, who Thor is surprised to see. While they were able to repel the monsters, Gorr escapes with Asgard's children, including Heimdall's son Axl. Thor communicates with Axl and deduces that the children are in the Shadow Realm. Knowing that Gorr's strength would be at its peak there, Thor, Foster, Valkyrie, and Korg travel to Omnipotence City to warn Zeus of Gorr and ask for an army to help fight him.
Unconvinced that Gorr is a threat to Omnipotence City, Zeus instead has Thor captured, forcing the others to intervene and fend off Zeus' men. In the scuffle, Zeus uses his Thunderbolt to destroy Korg's body; only his face remains intact (although this is enough for him to survive). Enraged, Thor uses the Thunderbolt to impale Zeus in the chest, which Valkyrie steals as the group escapes to confront Gorr in the Shadow Realm. On the way, Thor learns of Foster's cancer diagnosis, and the two rekindle their relationship.
Upon arrival, they attempt to locate the children, only to realize that they had fallen for a trap. Gorr intended to take Stormbreaker in order to utilize the Bifrost Bridge to access Eternity, where he can wish for the extinction of the gods. They battle Gorr and his shadow monsters once more, but are forced to flee back to New Asgard once Valkyrie and Foster are weakened; Before Stormbreaker can be transported across the Bifrost, Gorr steals it. Thor is informed that the effects of Mjølnir are aggravating Foster's cancer, and he urges her to stay behind to recover. Valkyrie is also unable to continue fighting, leaving the Thunderbolt in Thor's possession so that he can fight Gorr again.
At the center of the universe, Gorr begins opening Eternity's gate with Stormbreaker. Thor arrives using Thunderbolt and imbues the children with the power of Thor, giving them enough strength to overcome the remaining shadow monsters. Gorr gains the upper hand against Thor. Having sensed his distress, Foster decides to wield Mjølnir again despite her weakened condition and joins the fight through using Valkyrie's winged horse. Thor gives Foster ample time to use Mjølnir to shatter the Necrosword into pieces, dooming herself and Gorr. Thor recovers Stormbreaker and has the children use it to return home, but they could not stop Gorr from entering Eternity.
Thor calls out to Gorr and pleads for him to choose love over death as he rushes to Foster's side. Their love reminded him of the love he had for his daughter, thus deciding to use his wish to resurrect her. Foster soon succumbs to the cancer, vanishing into Valhalla. Thor accepts Gorr's request to take custody of his daughter before he dies from the Necrosword's curse.
In the aftermath, a statue of Foster as the Mighty Thor was erected in New Asgard. Sif and Valkyrie begin training the children in combat, while Korg's body fully regenerates as he seeks to produce an offspring. Thor starts to raise Gorr's daughter as his own, entrusting her with Stormbreaker while he wields Mjølnir into battle. The two begin travelling the galaxy offering assistance to whomever needs it, becoming known as Love and Thunder. In the meanwhile, Zeus begins to recover from his injuries as he sends out his son Hercules to kill Thor. Foster encounters Heimdall in Valhalla, who welcomes her to the afterlife.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor
- Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher
- Tessa Thompson as Brunnhilde/King Valkyrie
- Taika Waititi as Korg / Ninny of the Nonnie / Surtur (archive footage; uncredited)
- Russell Crowe as Zeus
- Jaimie Alexander as Sif
- Idris Elba as Heimdall (post-credits scene)
- Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
- Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
- Karen Gillan as Nebula
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis
- Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri / Rocket Raccoon (motion capture)
- Vin Diesel as Groot (voice)
- Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon (voice)
- Carly Rees as Miek
- Kat Dennings as Doctor Darcy Lewis
- Brett Goldstein as Hercules (mid-credits scene)
- Stellan Skarsgård as Doctor Erik Selvig
- Luke Hemsworth as Thor Actor
- Matt Damon as Loki Actor
- Sam Neill as Odin Actor
- Melissa McCarthy as Hela Actress
- Ben Falcone as Asgardian Stage Manager
- Stephen Curry as King Yakan
- Bobby Holland Hanton as Habooska the Horrible
- Daley Pearson as Darryl Jacobson
- Kieron L. Dyer as Astrid/Axl
- India Rose Hemsworth as Love
- Simon Russell Beale as Dionysus
- Jonny Brugh as Rapu
- Chanique Greyling as Young Frigga
- Eliza Matengu as Grace
- Simona Paparelli as Bao (voice)
- Carmen Foon as Minerva
- Priscilla Doueihy as Artemis
- Chloé Gouneau as Elaine Foster
- Brooke Satchwell as Glenda
- Dave Cory as Dwayne
- Akosia Sabet as Bast (uncredited)
- Elsa Pataky as Wolf Woman (uncredited)
- Devin the Goat as Tanngrisnir/Toothgnasher (uncredited)
- Unknown Actor as Tanngnjóstr/Toothgrinder (uncredited)
- Anthony Hopkins as Odin (archive footage; uncredited)
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki (archive footage; uncredited)
- Ray Stevenson as Volstagg (archive footage; uncredited)
- Zachary Levi as Fandral (archive footage; uncredited)
- Tadanobu Asano as Hogun (archive footage; uncredited)
- Josh Brolin as Thanos (archive footage; uncredited)
- Rapu's Planet
- New Asgard, Norway
- United States of America
- London, England (flashback)
- Italy (flag)
- China (flag)
- Jamaica (flag)
- New Zealand (flag)
- Galactic Frontier
- Shadow Realm
- Omnipotence City
- Golden Temple
- Well of Eternity
- Asgard (flashback)
- Svartalfheim (flashback)
- Nidavellir (mentioned)
- Olympus (mentioned)
- Hel (mentioned)
- Battle of Indigarr
- Gorr's Vow Against Gods
- Duel at the Rainbow Bridge (flashback)
- Second Dark Elf Conflict (flashback)
- Ragnarök (flashback)
- Infinity War (flashback)
- Snap (mentioned)
- Blip (indirectly mentioned)
- Time Heist (indirectly mentioned)
- Sacrifice of Natasha Romanoff (mentioned)
- Battle of Earth (mentioned)
- Massacre of the Valkyrie (mentioned)
- Thor's Prosthetic Eye
- Asgardian Armor
- Winged Helmet
- Quad Blasters
- Translator Implant
- Drax the Destroyer's Knives
- Yaka Arrow Controller
- All-Black the Necrosword
- Bifrost Bridge
- The Foster Theory of Space and Time Travel
- Universal Neural Teleportation Network
- Wormhole (mentioned)
- Horned Helmet (depiction)
- Hela's Helmet (costume)
- Infinity Stones (replicas)
- Elixir (mentioned)
- Flora colossus
- Falligar the Behemoth (corpse)
- Cosmic Entities
- Watchers (statue)
- The Watcher (statue)
- Frost Giants (flashback)
- Vanir (flashback)
- Fire Demons (flashback)
- Wolf People (flashback)
- Titans (flashback)
- Zombies (mentioned)
- Demons (mentioned)
- Dwarves (deleted scenes)
- Indigarrian Goats
- Valkyrie Steeds
- Shadow Monsters
- Space Dolphins
- Giant Wolves (flashback)
- Krakens (flashback)
- Ravens (mentioned)
- Hugin and Munin (mentioned)
- Snakes (mentioned)
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Council of Godheads
- New Asgard Tours
- New Asgard Kings (logo)
- Warriors Three (flashback and mentioned)
- Avengers (mentioned)
- Valkyries (mentioned)
- Gods of Emotions (mentioned)
- Nick Fury
- Iron Man
- Sequoia Queen (corpse; on screen)
- Oaken King (corpse; on screen)
- Gamora (indirectly)
- Natasha Romanoff
- Jane Fonda
- Guns N' Roses
- Jodie Foster
- Event Horizon
- The Phantom of the Opera (poster)
On July 16, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a sequel to Thor: Ragnarok was in development at Marvel Studios and that Taika Waititi would return as the director and that he would also write the script.
On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige revealed that the title of the film would be Thor: Love and Thunder and that it was scheduled to hit theaters on November 5, 2021. It was also announced that Tessa Thompson would be reprising her role of Valkyrie and that Natalie Portman would return as Jane Foster, who was set to become the goddess of Thunder, Mighty Thor, in the film.
On August 7, 2019, Deadline reported that Taika Waititi had already completed the film's script.
On January 4, 2020, in an interview, Taika Waititi revealed that the film was expected to begin production in August.
On March 6, 2020, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tessa Thompson revealed that Christian Bale would portray the film's antagonist.
On April 24, 2020, it was announced that the film had been pushed up a week from its February 18, 2022 release date to February 11, 2022.
On October 15, 2020, it was reported that the working title of the film was "The Big Salad".
On October 18, 2020, in an interview, Chris Hemsworth revealed that the film would begin production in January 2021 and that Taika Waititi was currently finishing up the script.
On November 20, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that due to the film's ensemble cast, it would have "an Avengers 5 feel".
On December 10, 2020, during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige announced that Christian Bale would portray Gorr the God Butcher in the film and that the film would be released on May 6, 2022. The next day, Deadline reported that Jaimie Alexander would be reprising her role as Sif in the film.
On January 8, 2021, The Daily Mail reported that Karen Gillan and Dave Bautista would be reprising their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles of Nebula and Drax the Destroyer, respectively, in the film.
On March 1, 2021, it was reported that Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth would be reprising their roles as Loki Actor and Thor Actor, respectively, in the film. The next day, it was reported that Sam Neill would be reprising his role as Odin Actor in the film, that Melissa McCarthy had joined the cast of the film and that she would portray Hela Actress, and that Ben Falcone had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.
On June 9, 2021, it was reported that the post-production of the film was expected to be finished by February 2022.
On October 18, 2021, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its May 6, 2022 release date to July 8, 2022.
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|Phase Four||Films||Black Widow • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings • Eternals • Spider-Man: No Way Home • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness • Thor: Love and Thunder • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever|
|TV Series||WandaVision (Season One) • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Season One) • Loki (Season One) • Hawkeye (Season One) • Moon Knight (Season One) • Ms. Marvel (Season One) • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Season One)|
|Phase Five||Films||Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 • The Marvels • Blade • Captain America: New World Order • Thunderbolts|
|TV Series||Secret Invasion (Season One) • Echo (Season One) • Loki (Season Two) • Ironheart (Season One) • Agatha: Coven of Chaos (Season One) • Daredevil: Born Again (Season One)|
|Phase Six||Films||Fantastic Four • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty • Avengers: Secret Wars|