Thor: Love and Thunder made its world premiere last night in the US, giving fans and critics a first look at Chris Hemsworth’s latest take on the Norse god.
Initial reactions to the superhero sequel have been overwhelmingly positive, with many critics calling the film the culmination of the MCU’s Phase 4.
The film, which is set to premiere in the UK on July 8, is also Taika Waititi’s second Thor film as a director following its huge success Thor: Ragnarok.
The film also sees the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and the Mighty Thor for the first time in the MCU since 2013 Thor: The Dark World.
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Joining the blockbuster is Christian Bale as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher in his first superhero role since The dark knight returns.
The synopsis for the film reads: After the events of Avengers: EndgameThor tries to find inner peace but must spring back into action and recruit Valkyrie, Korg and Jane Foster – who has become the powerful Thor – to stop Gorr the Godslayer from eliminating all the gods.
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Erik Davis from Fandango said: “Another classic Thor adventure! Thor: Love and Thunder is all I wanted. Big, colorful, weird Guns N’ Roses-fueled battles with a hopelessly romantic tale of finding love in unexpected places. Christian Bale & Russell Crowe are particularly great. And Korg!”
critic Matt Neglia was also effusive with his praise: “Thor: Love and Thunder is a rocking, great time with electrifying action, lots of laughter (the screaming goats!) and a profound story about absent gods and our craving for love. Natalie Portman makes a powerful return and Christian Bale kills her as a fearsome Gorr. The best Thor movie yet!”
Richard Nebens had similar thoughts about the film: “Thor: Love and Thunder is predictably hilarious, but unexpectedly personal and heartfelt. Christian Bale and Natalie Portman’s performances really shine, while Waititi delivers an emotional story. I think this might be my favorite Thor movie.”
Jacob Kleinman praised the film but said it wasn’t as good as Thor: Ragnarok: “I saw Thor: Love and Thunder. It doesn’t quite live up to the visual or comedic bombast of Ragnarok, but Taika Waititi makes up for it with an emotionally mature Marvel film. It’s also very funny (Natalie has jokes) and features one of the most stunning visual sequences in MCU history.”
That feeling was echoed by Joey Magidson: “Thor: Love and Thunder is an entertaining, tight, and largely standalone Marvel adventure. Though not quite as surprising as Ragnarok, this is further proof that Taika Waititi knows how to make Thor a blast. heart/humor mix again to make for a really good time.”
Thor: Love and Thunder Launches July 8th at IMAX and in theaters.
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