“Thor: Love and Thunder” Synopsis Reveals Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor & Christian Bale’s Brutal Villain Gorr

We have, at long last, seen the first teaser for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder and now have the official synopsis, revealing the insanity that Waititi has been promising since he first finished the script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The teaser had some of the greatest goofball energy we’ve felt since Thor (Chris Hemsworth) showed up in Avengers: Endgame looking like Jeff Lebowski.

Incredibly, Hemsworth’s Thor is now the first Marvel superhero to get four standalone films, and that’s in large part thanks to the invigorating, hilarious direction that Waititi took the character in Thor: Ragnarok, turning the once dour Asgardian God of Thunder into arguably the funniest, loosest Avenger of them all. In Love and Thunder, Thor is searching for a new path and an end to his superhero’ing days. The God of Thunder is looking for some quiet time to reflect. It won’t last long.

While the teaser offered the inherent comedy of watching this insanely powerful superhero try to shrug off a lifetime of battling for more Zen approach to life, it ended with an epic hammer blow. That would be the arrival of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), now transformed into Mighty Thor, wielding Thor’s very own magical hammer, Mjolnir. The synopsis puts a bit more meat on the bone of this story, revealing that Thor’s retirement is cut short when a psychopath called Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) shows up on the scene looking to drive the gods to extinction. He sounds nice.

Thor: Love and Thunder is based on Jason Aaron’s comic book run of “The Mighty Thor,” which had Jane Foster taking up the title, and Mjolnir, after Thor himself was deemed unworthy. That comic book run had a dark side to Jane’s transformation into the Mighty Thor—every time she wielded the hammer, her breast cancer became worse. It’s unclear whether that portion of the storyline will make it into the film, but what is clear is that Portman’s return is exciting. She left the MCU back in 2013 after Thor: The Dark World, but was convinced to return by Waititi himself.

We highly recommend you re-watch the teaser, and read the full synopsis below. There’s a reason this is one of 2022’s most highly-anticipated films. Thor: Love and Thunder arrives on July 8.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder” finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But Thor’s retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. Directed by Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit”) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, “Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in U.S. theaters July 8, 2022.

For more on Thor: Love and Thunder, check out these stories:

First “Thor: Love and Thunder” Teaser Reveals the God of Thunder’s Groovy New Path

Expect Insanity in “Thor: Love and Thunder” Says MCU Artist Andy Park

Taika Waititi Talks “Thor: Love and Thunder” & His “Star Wars” Movie

“Thor: Love and Thunder” Wraps Filming as Taika Waititi Promises It’s Craziest Film He’s Ever Done

Featured image: THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Courtesy Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios


The Credits

The Credits is an online magazine that tells the story behind the story to celebrate our large and diverse creative community. Focusing on profiles of below-the-line filmmakers, The Credits celebrates the often uncelebrated individuals who are indispensable to the films and TV shows we love.