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"To the people who knew them best, they were simply known as Love and Thunder."
Korg

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.

Synopsis

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.[1]

Plot

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Production

On January 11, 2018, Marvel Studios News reported that Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi had talked about a potential sequel to Thor: Ragnarok.[2]

On April 17, 2019, Tessa Thompson revealed that there had been a pitch for a potential sequel to Thor: Ragnarok with Taika Waititi possibly coming back to direct the film.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

On July 26, 2019, it was reported that the film was expected to begin production in March 2020 in Sydney.[6]

On August 7, 2019, Deadline reported that Taika Waititi had already completed the film's script.[7]

On January 4, 2020, in an interview, Taika Waititi revealed that the film was expected to begin production in August.[8]

On January 6, 2020, Collider reported that Christian Bale was in talks to join the cast of the film.[9]

On February 10, 2020, Variety reported that Jennifer Kaytin Robinson would write the script alongside Taika Waititi.[10]

On March 6, 2020, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tessa Thompson revealed that Christian Bale would portray the film's antagonist.[11]

On March 9, 2020, in an interview with Comicbook.com, Vin Diesel revealed that Groot, along with some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, would appear in the film.[12]

On April 3, 2020, it was announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film had been pushed back from its initial release date to February 18, 2022.[13]

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.[14]

On July 25, 2020, Natalie Portman revealed that the film would begin production in Australia at the beginning of 2021.[15]

On October 15, 2020, it was reported that the working title of the film was "The Big Salad".[16]

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.[17]

On November 13, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Chris Pratt would be reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the film.[18]

On November 20, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that due to the film's ensemble cast, it would have "an Avengers 5 feel".[19]

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.[20] The next day, Deadline reported that Jaimie Alexander would be reprising her role as Sif in the film.[21]

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.[22]

On January 17, 2021, it was reported that Matt Damon had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[23]

On January 26, 2021, Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth revealed that the film had started production.[24][25]

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.[26] The next day, it was reported that Sam Neill would be reprising his role as Odin Actor in the film[27], 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.[28]

On March 29, 2021, Deadline reported that Russell Crowe had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[29]

On April 19, 2021, during an interview on the radio show Joy Breakfast with The Murphys, Russell Crowe revealed that he would be portraying Zeus in the film.[30]

On May 10, 2021, it was reported that the film would be doing additional photography in New York City for a week.[31]

On May 28, 2021, Luca Vannella revealed that the film had wrapped production.[32]

On May 31, 2021, Sam Neill revealed that Jenny Morris had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[33]

On June 9, 2021, it was reported that the post-production of the film was expected to be finished by February 2022.[34]

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.[35]

On December 9, 2021, Michael Giacchino revealed that he would be composing the score for the film.[36]

On April 15, 2022, it was reported that Gabriella Wisdom had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[37]

On June 30, 2022, Variety reported that Lena Headey had an undisclosed role in the film that was ultimately cut.[38]

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Song title Artist Location(s)
Sweet Child o' Mine Guns N' Roses
  • Teaser trailer
  • End credits
Only Time Enya
Welcome To The Jungle Guns N' Roses
Paradise City Guns N' Roses
Our Last Summer ABBA
Family Affair Mary J. Blige
Goodies Ciara
November Rain Guns N' Roses
Rainbow in the Dark Dio
  • End credits

References

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  3. Tessa Thompson Has Heard About a Fourth Thor Movie Pitch
  4. Taika Waititi to Direct 'Thor 4' (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
  5. SDCC 2019: All of the Marvel Studios News Coming Out of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con
  6. ‘Thor 4’ and ‘Shang-Chi’ to Shoot in Australia; Filming Dates Revealed
  7. Taika Waititi’s Fox Searchlight Project Will Be ‘Next Goal Wins’, Details Revealed
  8. Variety on Twitter - January 4, 2020
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  10. ‘Thor’ Sequel Writing Staff Recruits ‘Someone Great’s’ Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (EXCLUSIVE)
  11. Tessa Thompson Confirms Christian Bale Will Play the Villain in 'Thor: Love and Thunder' (Exclusive)
  12. Thor 4 to Feature the Guardians of the Galaxy
  13. The Walt Disney Studios Announces Updated Release Schedule
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  15. Serena Williams & Natalie Portman discuss their new NWSL team they will bring to L.A.
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  19. Marvel's 'Black Panther' Sequel Shoot to Begin in July (Exclusive)
  20. Christian Bale Joins Cast of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ As Gorr the God Butcher
  21. Sif Returns To The MCU: Jaimie Alexander To Reprise Role In ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’
  22. EXCLUSIVE: Chris Pratt lands in Australia and heads to a mandatory quarantine hotel in Sydney with his co-stars ahead of production for the new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder
  23. Matt Damon lands in Sydney for Thor: Love and Thunder role
  24. Taika Waititi on Twitter - January 26, 2021
  25. Chris Hemsworth on Instagram - January 26, 2021
  26. Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth Return as Fake Loki and Fake Thor
  27. Matt Damon dons a flowing black wig as he joins Luke Hemsworth and Sam Neill on elaborate theatre-style set for Thor: Love and Thunder in Sydney
  28. EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy sports a huge green headpiece as she transforms into Hela with Luke Hemsworth and husband Ben Falcone as they begin filming Thor: Love And Thunder in Sydney after superfan couple said they were 'desperate' for roles
  29. ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’: Russell Crowe Lands Role In Sequel
  30. Russell Crowe shares some awesome moments with The Murphys!
  31. ‘THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER’ HEADED TO NEW YORK FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
  32. Luca Vannella on Instagram - May 28, 2021
  33. Sam Neill admits he doesn’t understand his own role in Thor: Love and Thunder
  34. ‘In the world of the internet, everything goes away pretty quick’: Taika Waititi
  35. UPDATE: Marvel Studios Upcoming Films Release Dates
  36. Michael Giacchino on Twitter - December 9, 2021
  37. Actress Gabriella Wisdom Has A Minor Role in Marvel Studios ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  38. Lena Headey Sued for $1.5 Million Over Cut ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Role and More

External Links

Phase Four Films Black WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsEternalsSpider-Man: No Way HomeDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThor: Love and ThunderBlack 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: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3The MarvelsBladeCaptain America: New World OrderThunderbolts
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)
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