Joining the podcast this week is Justin Soderberg’s wife, Taylor, to discuss the film. Taylor has become a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past four years and is happy to add her input to the review.
Thor: Love and Thunder originally released in theaters on July 8, 2022 as the fourth Thor solo film, direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the 29th film in the MCU. Love and Thunder is the sixth film in phase four and the Multiverse Saga. Only Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remains for phase four movies, before Ant-Man: Quantumania kicks off phase five in 2023.
The film was directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Waititi also directed Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Giacchino and Nami Melumad handled the score. Thor: Love and Thunder has totaled $755.2 million in the box office as of this episode on a $250 million budget. The film received praise from critics for its light-hearted nature and Bale’s performance, while criticism was aimed at the screenplay and tonal inconsistency, with many critics deeming the film inferior to Ragnarok.
Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Christian Bale as Gorr The God Butcher, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jaimie Alexander as Lady Siff, Waititi as Korg, Russell Crowe as Zeus, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster / The Mighty Thor.
The fourth Thor film was definitely not Ragnarok, but has multiple great qualities including the stellar performance of Bale as Gorr The God Butcher. This film is definitely not the worst Thor movie in the MCU, by far.