Thor, set to make his return to the big screen in the aptly titled Thor: Love and Thunder, has long been a key part of the MCU. As such, the character has a long and full history, peppered with tragedy, humor, and just about everything in between. While Thor may face his toughest foe yet in the upcoming sequel, his troubled past, including his experience with the likes of Loki and Thanos, will likely play a key role in the film.
Even though Loki hasn’t been announced to appear in Thor 4, the character could very well affect the film. Loki’s death at the hands of the Mad Titan, Thanos, left a significant impact on Thor, motivating his need for revenge in Infinity War. However, Loki has been oddly overlooked in recent reflections on Thor’s past, making any form of presence in the upcoming movie less certain.
Thanos can also leave an impression on love and thunder. Thor’s failure to kill Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War was a defining moment for the character, leaving him broken, grieving, and, for fans to forget, with a big beer belly. Even though this movie sees Thor shed that physical weight, the emotional kind will likely be harder for him to shake off. A presentation text on a little love and thunder the merchandise even seems to suggest that Thor’s experience with Thanos led directly to his decision to embrace a peaceful existence.
As fans look to the future of Thor franchise, which may even extend beyond love and thunderit seems the movie itself isn’t done with Thor’s past yet…
New Love and Thunder Trailer Reflects on Thor’s Past
A new trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder looked back at Thor’s decade-long arc in the MCU, merging old footage with fresh looks at the upcoming film. Among these clips from past MCU projects are key struggles in the Thunder God’s life, including moments of death and failure.
The trailer begins with Thor closing his eyes, reflecting on the tragedies we’ve seen befall him throughout his time in the MCU.
The first of these shows shows Thor’s failed attempt to kill Thanos in 2018 Avengers: Infinity Wara costly mistake that led to the epic events of End of Game.
Atop a set of cliffs in Norway, Thor and Loki watch their father, Odin fade away, a deeply moving moment from Thor: Ragnarok which precipitates the re-emergence of Hela.
After a defeat at the hands of Thanos, Thor mourns the death of his brother, Loki, before being blasted into space with the power of the Power Stone, a scene from Avengers: Infinity War.
In a clip from 2013 Thor: The Dark Worldthe god of thunder reflects on the death of his mother Frigga.
Frigga’s funeral is also shown, with her leaving far away in the waters of Asgard.
After Thor opens his eyes, the trailer returns to the present, offering a glimpse of new scenes from Thor: Love and Thunderincluding images featuring Jane Foster’s Valkyrie and Mighty Thor.
Battling what appears to be an army of Greek gods, Valkyrie, sword in hand, spreads her arms amid the golden energy escaping from her fighters.
Thor and Thor stand together in the Shadow Realm, presumably facing the looming threat of Gorr, the Butcher God. Although their hands are out of frame, the two are presumably clutching their lightning-powered tools.
The full one-minute trailer can be seen below.
Thanos and Loki’s part in Thor’s journey
Although some may take these character appearances in Thor: Love and Thunderof the marketing campaign as hinting at their inclusion in the final film, that’s probably not the case. Other recent movies have used footage from other MCU projects in their promotional materials, including Eternals, Shang Chiand Doctor Strange 2, the referenced characters playing no part in the actual films. In all likelihood, these moments were included to help connect the upcoming film to the larger MCU and quickly recap some key character moments.
However, that doesn’t mean Thanos and Loki’s influence on Thor’s life will go unexplored in love and thunder. The Doctor Strange trailer referenced above is particularly instructive here, with that bit of marketing foreshadowing the Doctor’s good reckoning with the decisions made over the course of Avengers: Infinity War. It is quite possible that the moments glimpsed in the latter Thor The trailer will play a role in the film, leading Thor to the path of peace and ultimately forcing him back into battle.
Gorr’s narration at the start of this trailer confirms this, with the God Butcher ominously telling Thor that “I know your pain, your suffering.” The comic book incarnation of Gorr was brought under his reign of terror by the loss of his family, something hinted by the cast of love and thunderso this shared loss could possibly serve as a point of contrast between the two, each coping with their pain in different ways.
no matter how much Thor: Love and Thunder ultimately deals with the effects of Thanos on Thor’s life, it seems clear that the events of Infinity War and End of Game certainly marked the character. At the very least, the movie will deal with where those movies left the character, with Thor leaving New Asgard behind and going alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. To see where the movie goes from here, fans will just have to wait and see.