Thor: Love and Thunder is almost here, featuring the return of Taika Waititi as director and voicing the large Thor pal Korg, plus the long-awaited scene of Chris Hemsworth′s Thor and his hammer Mjolnir passing him over for Natalie Portman′s Jane Foster to become the next Thor, as envisioned in the 1970s by Donald Glut and Rick Hoberg in the pages of What If…? and re-introduced only recently by writer Jason Aaron in the monthly Thor comics.   As we saw at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is the new King of Asgard.  In this trailer she looks… bored with that.  And Thor, sans eye patch, is trying to find himself, looking like he’s ready to drift off into the sunset.  Feels like a bit of a downer.  But it’s just a trailer.  It does have swashbuckling Ravager pirate Thor flying a Viking Tours longboat led by goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, with a cocktail bar complete with neon sign, and his blue-haired girlfriend (is that Sif?).

It doesn’t give us a look at the villain Gorr played by Christian Bale yet, but here it is, the first trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder:

When we first heard about it at San Diego Comic-Con back in July 2019, Thor: Love and Thunder was intended for a November 2021 release and appeared to be the final movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase IV.  So, all things considered, its release date hasn’t been pushed that far off–to this coming July.  Yep, it sneaked up on us.  Remember this big map?

Blade was supposed to be the beginning of Phase V–and still is, because since 2019 Marvel added to Phase IV five movies: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11, 2022), The Marvels (February 17, 2023), Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023), Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (July 28, 2023), and another Fantastic Four reboot, this time within the MCU.

Will this movie replace the Asgardians of the Galaxy movie we were expecting with Guardians 3?  Because of Doctor Strange and Spider-Man messing with the Multiverse, will that mean Jane Foster is only Thor in some other timeline or is she the only future Thor in the prime MCU timeline and is Hemsworth following Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. out of the MCU?  Lots of questions to be answered for MCU fans in the coming years, and what will surely be the big movie of the summer.

Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theaters July 8.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg