It is also the second MCU film directed by Taika Waititi after Thor: Ragnarok, and the first to feature Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) ascendant as the new King of Asgard.
Love and Thunder will also be the movie where we see Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) become a new version of Thor — and the film’s first official trailer gives us our long-awaited first look at Portman as thunder god
The upcoming film is clearly inspired by the 2014-2018 Thor comics by writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman that saw Foster take up Mjolnir after the Odinson became unworthy. The opening shot of the trailer, which shifts between three different phases in the life of Hemsworth’s Thor, also reflects the influence of Aaron’s comics, which often did the same kind of time-shifting storytelling — although so far there’s no sign of old white-haired King Thor at the end of time on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Apparently, we’ll have to wait and see if that stage of the character’s life makes it into the movie. No sign of Christian Bale as Aaron’s creation Gorr the God-Butcher either, although we do get a glimpse (from behind) of Russell Crowe as Zeus.
In a tweet, Hemsworth described the new film as “a classic Thor adventure” that’s “big, loud, crazy, and full of heart.”
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8.