Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth Thor film, is heading to theaters July 8, aka this Friday. In accordance with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, it is a “wacky romantic comedy set in area.” It seems like you do not actually need to know many Marvel Cinematic Universe specifics earlier than getting in.

However wait… Perhaps try to be primed with a special form of information. Let’s run via the fundamentals first earlier than addressing one of the simplest ways to strategy watching Love and Thunder.

What occurred to Thor earlier than Love and Thunder?

Let’s undergo the important thing takeaways from Marvel films Thor has made appearances in.

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The film that kicked off the adventures of Thor, the god of thunder.

Key takeaways:

  • Astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), her assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) discover Thor when he is exiled on Earth
  • Thor leaves his new love Jane to defeat Loki on Asgard
  • Loki apparently dies after being rejected by his father and deliberately falling into an abyss
  • However psych! Loki seems in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, the place he is within the Tesseract, aka a containment vessel for the Area Stone

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Thor: The Darkish World (2013)

In Thor 2, Jane travels to Asgard and meets the dad and mom.

Key takeaways:

  • Thor’s mom Frigga is fatally stabbed whereas defending Jane from the ruler of the Darkish Elves
  • Loki is killed whereas serving to Thor struggle the Darkish Elves
  • However psych once more! Loki is alive and impersonating his adoptive father Odin, the king of Asgard
  • Thor stays on Earth with Jane till the occasions of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)


The primary Thor film directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

Key takeaways:

  • It is revealed that Jane and Thor have damaged up
  • Odin dies of previous age
  • Hela (Cate Blanchett), the god of dying and Thor’s sister, is killed within the destruction of Asgard
  • Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was one of many warriors despatched by Odin to kill Hela, however all her warrior companions died. Valkyrie is now coping with PTSD

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Avengers: Infinity Struggle (2019)

Thor briefly groups up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and commits his biggest mistake.

Key takeaways:

  • Loki is killed by Thanos (Josh Brolin)
  • The Asgardians, together with Heimdall (Idris Elba), on Thor’s ship are killed
  • Thor is rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Thor creates battle-axe Stormbreaker utilizing a blazing neutron star
  • Thor severely wounds Thanos, however not sufficient to forestall him from utilizing the Infinity Stones and deleting half the inhabitants of the universe

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The film that introduces us to “Dad Bod” Thor.

Key takeaways:

  • Thor lastly takes his revenge on Thanos, decapitating him when the Avengers find him on an uninhabited planet
  • 5 years move and Thor is an alcoholic, consuming and taking part in video video games in New Asgard on Earth
  • After serving to to revive the inhabitants of the universe, Thor appoints Valkyrie as the brand new king of Asgard (she’d already been doing these duties)
  • Struggling a midlife disaster, Thor joins the Guardians. “It is time for me to be who I’m, reasonably than who I am imagined to be.”

And that is the place we discover Thor firstly of Thor: Love and Thunder. His dad and mom, brother and sister useless, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, the primary time in a thousand years he has no path.

Some recommendation on watching Thor: Love and Thunder

In accordance with director Taika Waititi, Thor four is as if “10-year-olds advised us what must be in a film and we stated sure to each single factor.” He additionally stated that, “In case you wrote down all the weather of this movie, it should not make sense.”

Mainly, what’s taking place right here, is that this part is an additional primer for what to anticipate from Thor: Love and Thunder as a Movie (capital “F”).

The recommendation: Do not watch Thor: Ragnarok, the favored third Thor film, earlier than the most recent. Enable your expectations to be free from the affect of nice Movies that got here earlier than.

This is another Waititi quote (by way of Empire) to organize you:

“It is nearly prefer it should not be made. In case you walked right into a room and stated, ‘I would like this and this and this.’ Who’s in it? These individuals. What are you going to name it? Love And Thunder. I imply, you’d by no means work once more. Perhaps I will not after this.”

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