The long-awaited Thor: Love and Thunder trailer finally arrived last month. After nearly 5 years, we finally get to see our favorite Asgardian in his own space, and it looks like he’s taking time to figure himself out. Thor’s been through a lot since the last time we saw him in his own standalone film, Thor: Ragnarok.
He lost his father, his home planet was absolutely crushed and destroyed by Ragnarok, the majority of his people were slaughtered when Thanos almost immediately boarded their refugee ship, he patched up his relationship with Loki (only to watch him die again), he didn’t go for Thanos’ head, subsequently blamed himself for The Blip, became a hermit, picked himself back up and fought to bring his friends back from The Blip, and now we are left with a Thor that has tagged along with the Guardians of the Galaxy and is experiencing a full existential crisis.
The trailer starts off with Thor saying, “These hands were once used for battle, now they’re but humble tools for peace.”
Although Love and Thunder still very much maintains the same ’80s glam rock vibes as Ragnarok, something feels different. We see a whole new side to Thor that we’ve never encountered before. In the three previous films, Thor sought to prove his worthiness—not only to himself, but ultimately to his father, Odin.
Now that Odin has passed and so many life-changing events have transpired, Thor is finally in a place where he gets to decide what he wants and what is best for him. Of course, bestowing the title of “Your Majesty” to Valkyrie at the end of Avengers: Endgame was certainly a necessary weight to be lifted off his shoulders.
Following the passing of the royal baton, we see Valkyrie looking very unamused and bored as she is dressed in a suit and attends what looks like a meeting with the UN. During her goodbye to Thor at the conclusion of Endgame, she says to Thor, “You know I’d make a lot of changes around here.” One can assume that New Asgard (Tønsberg, Norway) could be following the lead of Wakanda, and opening itself up to the rest of the world.
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