Everything We Learned From Thor: Love & Thunder’s Reviews

CAUTION: Contains Spoilers For Thor: Love & Thunder,While the film doesn’t arrive in theaters until July 8, early 
Thor: Love & Thunder reviews have revealed several key details (and spoilers) ahead of the highly anticipated Taiki Waititi sequel’s official release. Following the events of
Avengers: Endgame, Chris Hemsworth returns as the eponymous Asgardian god Thor in his fourth MCU “solo” adventure. This time he’s flanked by a legion of friends, foes, and new obstacles including the returning Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), new Asgardian King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), his trusted friend Korg (Taika Waititi), the Guardians of the Galaxy, and even the Olympian god Zeus, portrayed for the first time in the MCU by none other than Russel Crowe.,In addition to the many plot details and character specifics that MCU fans have been itching for, early 
Thor: Love & Thunder reviews also provide a solid indication of what fans can expect from the movie’s overall quality. At press time, the movie currently has a 71% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 131 advance reviews. While that score is by no means awful—and there are hundreds of reviews still waiting to be published and tallied—if the number holds Marvel’s 
Thor: Love & Thunder will be the third lowest-rated movie in its series following 
Thor (77%) and 
Thor: Ragnarok (93%), narrowly beating out 
Thor: The Dark World (66%).,Related: All 11 Marvel Movies Releasing After Thor: Love & Thunder (& When),Fans will have to wait until 
Thor: Love & Thunder arrives in theaters for all the major details and hidden secrets to come to light, but early reviews have confirmed quite a few things including Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor origin story, several previously unknown cameos, and whether or not Chris Hemsworth will return as the God of Thunder in future installments of the franchise. Many reviews have also tackled the movie’s complex and often manic tone, the successes and failures of various new and returning characters, and perhaps most importantly, provided first impressions of 
Love & Thunder‘s high-profile villain, Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. Here’s a look at every major detail deduced from early 
Thor: Love & Thunder reviews and what it means for the MCU Phase 4 film.,Marvel Studios is well known for taking the comic book origins of its many characters and adapting the convenient elements to fit its ever-expanding cinematic universe—while also completely ignoring what they don’t need. Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor is no different, as 
Thor: Love & Thunder brings the broad strokes of the comics to the big screen. As expected, Jane Foster takes up the mantle after being diagnosed with stage four cancer and is able to transform into the Mighty Thor with the aid of Thor Odinson’s old hammer Mjolnir, which has been reforged for the film. How this happens is a little unclear. It’s not all good news for the character, as 
Love & Thunder also includes the comic-accurate detail that Jane’s transformation into Mighty Thor is not actually healing her cancer, but rather making it worse. In the comics, the process essentially undid any progress made by her cancer treatments every time she transformed, and that appears to be the case here as well. The MCU likely won’t dive too far into the events of Mighty Thor’s comic arcs, but the general outline of how Jane comes to be a superhero remains intact.,One criticism seemingly present in every 
Thor: Love & Thunder review is that the movie struggles to combine its morbidly serious plotlines with director Taika Waititi’s signature sensory overload of color and comedy. While the movie sets up some truly dire situations like Jane’s stage four cancer and the death of Gorr’s young child fueling his quest for revenge, 
Love & Thunder has been heavily derided for improperly balancing these elements with non-stop gags and references designed to elicit the exact opposite response from audiences. Alonso Duralde of 
The Wrap commented that the movie
“can’t support the weight of [its] serious themes amid all the one-liners and the raised eyebrows.” Mark Kennedy of 
The Associated Press takes it a step further, claiming
“The whipsaw from death and suffering to idiocy is staggering, with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson credited alongside Waititi for a script that seems like it was pasted together after gerbils ripped up a bag of words.” ,While critics have been barred from spoiling most 
Thor: Love & Thunder cameos, there are enough details to piece together some of the bigger names appearing in the film. 
Rolling Stones’ review specifically mentions
“gratuitous glorified cameos”, but appears to be referring specifically to the Guardians of the Galaxy, but other reviews have confirmed 
Thor 4 is set to feature several unexpected guests. Ann Hornaday of 
The Washington Post refers to a
“band of players performing a movie-within-a-play-within-a-movie” that certainly sounds like a follow-up to 
Thor: Ragnarok‘s often referenced play featuring Matt Damon as Loki. 
The AP also confirms that Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky and one of his sons will appear as 
Thor: Love & Thunder cameos, in addition to
“a pretty famous comedienne playing Cate Blanchett’s role from 
Ragnarok.
Damon reprising his role as Loki has already been confirmed, as has Melissa McCarthy appearing at some point in the film, potentially pointing towards her spoofing the role of Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death.,Related: Why Hulk’s Phase 4 Changes Could Redeem The Fat Thor Storyline,With Natalie Portman taking up the mantle as Mighty Thor in 
Love & Thunder, it has been understandably speculated that this could be Chris Hemsworth’s last MCU movie. While Portman does indeed join the cast as Mighty Thor, it has been inferred my multiple 
Thor: Love & Thunder reviews that this will not be the final MCU movie for Hemsworth’s long-running God of Thunder. Leah Greenblatt of 
Entertainment Weekly writes,
“Even in Valhalla or Paradise City, though, there is still love and loss; Thor dutifully delivers both, and catharsis in a climax that inevitably doubles as a setup for the next installment.” While 
Rolling Stone‘s review does tease
“a farewell for someone who may or may not still be back whenever convenience deems it so,” the same review also clarifies that
“we’re given set-ups for future installments” and that
“this franchise isn’t going away any time soon.” Hemsworth himself has said that he plans on continuing to play Thor until Marvel Studios makes him stop, so it would appear that fans are in for at least one more MCU movie featuring the OG Avenger.,Christian Bale’s return to comic book movies as Gorr the God Butcher has been praised by numerous critics, but unfortunately, it appears that 
Thor: Love & Thunder‘s script doesn’t always do justice to the actor’s stand-out performance. 
“Christian Bale delivers a genuinely skin-crawling turn as a zombified villain,” writes Justin Chang of the 
LA Times. USA Today also heralded the character as
“a top-notch new villain”, claiming that
“Bale is outstanding as Gorr, joining Thanos and Killmonger among the best of MCU’s rogues gallery.” High praise, to be certain.,Elements of Gorr’s backstory have been equally praised, as he is another MCU villain who actually makes a decent, albeit misguided point—his child dies because the god he worshipped didn’t care enough to intervene—sending him on a revenge quest to slaughter all the gods. The disconnect seems to come down to Waititi not giving Bale, a seasoned character actor, enough challenging material to really set 
Thor: Love & Th
under above other MCU movies. 
Entertainment Weekly writes,
“Bale is appropriately ghoulish and sepulchral, though the difficult-setting on this part seems low for an actor of his caliber; mostly, he just has to snarl from dark corners and not lose too much squid-ink spittle when he talks.” ,When Thor took off with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of 
Avengers: Endgame, excitement about potential cross-over stories immediately began to swirl. Hemsworth’s chemistry with the Guardians throughout 
Endgame is undeniable—unfortunately, their time spent together in 
Thor: Love & Thunder looks to be a relatively minor part of the upcoming MCU Phase 4 film. 
Love & Thunder picks up with the God of Thunder already disillusioned by his travels with the Guardians. In his
Love & Thunder review 
Screen Rant‘s Ben Kendrick warns that
“moviegoers hoping for extensive screen time from the Guardians of the Galaxy should temper their expectations.” Meanwhile, the 
LA Times referred to the film’s opening sequences as
“perfunctory, poorly executed scenes of Thor tagging along with the Guardians of the Galaxy, allowing Chris Pratt, David Bautista, Karen Gillan and others to cash a quick paycheck.” ,Related: Will Jane Foster’s Thor Have A Future After Love & Thunder?,While many of the early 
Thor: Love & Thunder reviews are admittedly negative when discussing the film’s unbalanced tone and script issues, and some might take issue with the use (or lack thereof) of certain characters, the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman is nearly universally praised.
USA Today‘s review states that
“Portman finally gets a lot to do in a Thor movie”, adding that
“[Waititi] also allows Hemsworth and Portman to discover a fun chemistry not seen previously: For the first time, you understand why Thor and Jane fell in and out of love.” Caitlin Chappel of CBR.com adds, ”
Major credit to the writing of this film for giving Jane the story she deserves and making her a hero so many can relate to and look up to.” ,A common element among the many early 
Thor: Love & Thunder reviews is a breakdown of the current state of MCU movies, as Waititi’s frantic brand of non-stop comedic gags seem to have worn thin on many critics after more than 14 years of feature films and a growing library of Disney+ streaming shows. 
Entertainment Weekly’s 
Thor: Love & Thunder review compares the MCU to a ”
mood ring for its various directors”, and claims the
“cinematic universe feels simultaneously too big to fail and too wide to support the weight of its own endless machinations.”,Marvel Studios’ apparent inability to get through a deadly serious scene without breaking the tension with unnecessary comedy has been a point of frustration for many people—not just critics—for quite some time. That said, the franchise’s continued success at the box office indicates that, despite all its flaws, fans are not sick of MCU movies quite yet. The current fatigue is more than likely due to the MCU Phase 4’s current lack of cohesion and a firm direction, which only seem to be getting worse with each installment. However, just a short time ago
Spider-Man: No Way Home received an incredible response from millions of fans and hundreds of critics from all around the world. It’s clear that while the franchise’s lows are beginning to grind on an overexposed audience, the MCU machine itself is still very much alive.,Next: Why Every Worthy Original Avenger But Thor Is Gone By Phase 4