The Marvel universe is finally getting a new Thor installment! The last time we saw the God of Thunder, the once-ripped superhero was carrying a little extra weight after losing his home planet Asgard and indulging in too much ale. After saving the universe in Avengers: Endgame, the hammer-wielding specimen took off with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now he’s back.
In the trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder, our hero appears to go on a journey of self-discovery, during which he puts down his new hammer (Stormbreaker) and sets out to uncover his old physique and find peace and purpose in life.
Unlike the first teaser trailer, this version gives a much deeper look at the upcoming film. Clearly, Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) has returned for the fourth film and has hammer-wielding power! Fans will notice that it’s not just any hammer, but Thor’s OG version, Mjolnir.
We also get a good look at the grotesque and terrifying villain, Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. Despite being on sabbatical, Thor rouses support from King Valkyrie, Korg and Jane to stop Gorr, who seeks the extinction of the gods. Also amid the story is the group’s journey to find out what motivation lies behind Gorr’s hatred of the gods.
Many of the film franchise’s actors are returning for the film, including Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Jaimie Alexander, Sean Gunn and Jeff Goldblum. It’s also been noted that Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone will make cameo appearances.
Thor: Love and Thunder is the first time Natalie Portman will return to the Marvel universe since 2013. The film’s director, Taika Waititi, personally convinced her to come back after a previous decision to leave over directorial changes, according to Variety.
The film will be released in theaters on July 8.