After a lengthy wait, Marvel Studios has revealed the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited superhero sequel Thor: Love and Thunder, sending the internet into a spin. Released ahead of the film‘s July 7 release date, the new trailer picks up right where Ragnarok left off, loaded with hyper colour aesthetics, out of this world visuals and a killer ’80s soundtrack. However, as much as Thor: Love and Thunder’s first look delivered on all fronts, it did raise an interesting new question. Could this sequel be the end of Chris Hemsworth‘s hammer swinging superhero once and for all?
Chock full of CGI, the latest Marvel trailer is a bit hard to pin down, but that seems to follow a familiar format for writer/director Taika Waititi. When the first images of Ragnarok were released back in 2017, fans were a little apprehensive over the bold new direction. Their fears were unfounded, however, with the film smashing it at the box office and becoming one of the best-loved releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
This time around, Waititi has once again tapped Chris Hemsworth as the muscle-bound Norse God of Thunder, however, he’s also dipped into the archives, bringing Natalie Portman and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Tessa Thompson and Chris Pratt back, while also introducing Russell Crowe as Zeus. There is a distinct lack of Christian Bale in the new Thor: Love and Thunder trailer, however, there are still a lot of juicy tidbits to digest.
According to the official synopsis, the film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — a quest for inner peace. However, the God of Thunder’s retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods.
“These hands were once used for battle, now they’re but humble tools for peace,” Thor says in the trailer, which shows him growing from adolescent to man. “I need to figure out exactly who I am.”
Insert a training montage and meditation scene that mirrors the great ’80s action flicks of old and suddenly, the path is clear. The events of Endgame have changed Thor and he must find greener pastures to thrive. Leaving the settlement of New Asgard in Tønsberg, Norway under the rule of Valkyrie, he heads off on a bizarre intergalactic mission that sees him cross paths with Russell Crowe’s Zeus, who is seen holding a lightning bolt in front of a massive crowd of fans.
But by far the biggest reveal of the new Thor: Love and Thunder trailer comes from a familiar face. Old Flame Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, not only springs up to steal Thor’s heart, she may very well take up his mantle. The clip shows Foster dressed in a winged helmet similar to that sported by the Norse god in Ragnarok, whilst wielding Mjolnir. The cameo has led some fans to suggest that the new film could mark an end to Hemsworth’s multiverse hopping adventures, with Portman set to replace him as Lady Thor. Speaking on the new trailer, Hemsworth took to Instagram to reveal he was immensely proud of the new production.
“All the feels of a classic Thor adventure,” he wrote. “Big, loud and Crazy and full of heart. You’ll laugh you’ll cry, then you’ll laugh so much you’ll cry some more!”
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Marvel Studio’s Kevin Fiege, Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theatres on July 8. You can check out the first official teaser trailer above.