We got a first taste of Thor: Love and Thunder on Monday, as the movie’s teaser trailer offered a glimpse of what the Asgardian Avenger has been up to in the wake of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. The Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure, from director Taika Waititi, is scheduled to hit theaters July 8.
Set to Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 song Sweet Child O’ Mine, the trailer shows Thor getting back into shape after his “Bro Thor” phase in Endgame, and hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy (and undermining Peter Quill’s leadership like a big jerk). It also hints at Russell Crowe’s Zeus and ends with the reveal of Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir as the new Thor.
Thor: Love and Thunder also got its first poster on Monday. It features OG Thor holding his magical ax Stormbreaker above his head, looking pretty darn magnificent with the caption “The one and only.” However, actor Natalie Portman on Wednesday posted a new version of the poster on her Instagram, featuring Jane’s version of Thor holding Mjolnir above her head, looking even more epic with the caption “The one is not the only.”
It’s unclear if this is the same Jane we know from previous Thor movies or a version from a parallel reality — her last live-action MCU appearance was in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, but Portman voiced a variant of the character in last year’s animated series What If…?
In the comics, Mjolnir sought out Jane after Thor was deemed unworthy and she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. He gave her his blessing to use his name and went by “Odinson” to avoid confusion.
It’ll be actor Chris Hemsworth’s fourth turn in a standalone Thor movie and director Waititi’s second Thor movie, having helmed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok (he also plays rocky goofball Korg).
Other familiar faces will include Tessa Thompson as Asgardian King Valkyrie, and Portman as Jane and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill to name a few. Joining the cast is Crowe as Zeus and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. Marvel showcased a bunch of merchandise on Wednesday, showing us Gorr and revealing that the official name for Jane’s heroic persona is “The Mighty Thor.”
However, there’s still plenty of MCU action for fans to consume before Thor: Love and Thunder comes out. Moon Knight is currently airing on Disney Plus, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6 and Ms. Marvel kicks off on Disney’s streaming service on June 8.
On Tuesday, Square Enix revealed that Jane’s Thor will be the next playable hero to join the 2020 Avengers game. It’s unclear exactly when she’ll be added.
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