The Thor: Love and Thunder Trailer is Pure Joy

Think about something for us. If we—collectively, as a society—started every Monday by listening to a snippet of “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” wouldn’t the world be just a little bit better? We think so.

No one on this planet knows the power of the Needle Drop quite like Taika Waititi, director of the Marvel Cinematic Universe event we’ve all been (most recently) waiting for. No shade to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we’re excited for that jam too, but Thor: Love and Thunder is the summer superhero movie of our dreams. After fans spent months damn near begging for a trailer, it’s finally here. And if you had any doubt, the clip is pure joy.

The preview, streaming above, starts with, yes, the slow, karaoke-night-level needle drop of Guns N’ Roses’s iconic cut followed by a montage-y update on what one mister Thor Odinson has been up to since the conclusion of the Infinity Saga. It looks like… he’s putting his life back together! The man (or, uh, god) is getting in shape, starting a new relationship, retiring from the superhero biz, and figuring out what this life is all about. Of course, we can only assume that the film’s villain, the unseen Gorr the God Butcher (played by Christian Bale), will bring our friend back into the mix.

Aside from Thor’s impending glow-up, we glimpse the Guardians of the Galaxy, which we more or less expected after the Asgardian flew away with Star-Lord and co. at the end of Avengers: Endgame. We catch a few glimpses of New Asgard, too, which looks like our home base for Thor: Love and Thunder, and certainly has come a long way since its founding in Endgame. There’s a fleeting look of Russell Crowe as Zeus, whom we’d like to see more of, please and thank you. Finally, the trailer ends with the debut of Natalie Portman as the Mighty Thor, her superhero moment looking every bit as incredible as we expected. We can’t wait to see how the MCU brings Foster back into the fold, hopefully setting up the character for future appearances.

Mark your calendars for July 8, 2022, folks. We’ll leave you with Marvel’s official description of Thor: Love and Thunder.

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his 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.

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