Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fourth Thor movie. Reuniting old cast members and a returning director, the movie is very much a sequel to 2017's over-the-top Thor: Ragnarok. Combining cosmic mythology with '80s cheese and whimsy, the film is definitely a spectacle that begs to be seen on the big screen.
The first MCU film in months to not deal with the concept of the Multiverse, Love and Thunder instead chooses to expand the universe's roster of gods, namely gods of thunder. Drawing from a recent comic book storyline and giving audiences two Thors for the price of one, the movie is a hotly anticipated comeback tour for the self-proclaimed strongest Avenger. Here's what fans should know before they go thundering into theaters to see it.
The fact that Thor wears a version of the Thunderstrike costume has had many fans curious as to whether he assumes that identity or if Eric Masterson will be hinted at for future films. Another concern among the fandom was that Jane might replace Thor as the God of Thunder, truly signaling the end of an era for the original Avengers roster. The aforementioned Necrosword raised all sorts of questions on how, if at all, it could be tied to the symbiotes, the rights to which are owned by Sony for its cinematic Spider-Man Universe. The post-credits scenes, however, do set up more gods to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film is now playing in theaters everywhere, making it the second MCU film to premiere this year, following Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness. It premiered with an impressive opening weekend box office but also received even more mixed reviews than Doctor Strange 2, namely due to its inconsistent use of comedy and brisk pace. This definitely has had an effect on the box office haul going forward, with the movie having a heavy second-weekend drop, despite no real competition.