Thor, ready to make his return to the silver screen in the apt title Thor: Love and Thunder, has long been an important part of the MCU. As such, the character has a long and full history, littered with tragedy, humor and just about everything in between. Even if Thor may face his worst enemy yet in the upcoming sequel, his troubled past, including his experience with characters like Loki and Thanos, will likely play a key role in the film.
Even though it hasn’t been announced that Loki will appear in Thor 4, the character could very well be an influence on the film. Loki’s death at the hands of the mad titan, Thanos, had a major impact on Thor, motivating his need for revenge in Infinite War† However, Loki has been oddly ignored in recent reflections on Thor’s past, making any kind of presence in the upcoming film 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 an important moment for the character, which left him broken, sad and, lest fans forget, with a big beer belly. Even if this movie sees Thor lose that physical weight, the emotional kind will probably be harder for him to shake. A blurb on a bit of love and thunder merchandise even seems to suggest that Thor’s experience with Thanos led directly to his decision to embrace a peaceful existence.
While fans look to the future of the Thor franchise, one that can extend even beyond love and thunderlooks like the movie itself isn’t done with Thor’s past…
New Love and Thunder Trailer Reflects on Thor’s Past
A newly released trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder looked back at Thor’s ten-year arc in the MCU, mixing old footage with new looks at the upcoming movie. Among these clips from older MCU projects are key struggles from the life of the God of Thunder, including moments of death and failure.
The trailer opens with Thor closing his eyes, reflecting on the tragedies we saw befell him during his time in the MCU.
The first of these shows Thor’s failed attempt to kill Thanos in 2018 Avengers: Infinity Wara costly mistake that led to the epic events of Endgame†
Atop a series of cliffs in Norway, Thor and Loki watch as their father, Odin, dies, a deeply emotional moment of Thor: Ragnarok that accelerates the re-emergence of Hela.
After a defeat by Thanos, Thor mourns the death of his brother, Loki, before being blasted into space with the power of the Power Stone, a scene drawn 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 sails in the distance in the waters of Asgard.
After Thor opens his eyes, the trailer goes back to the present and offers a look at new scenes from Thor: Love and Thunderincludes footage featuring Valkyrie and Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor.
Fighting what appears to be an army of the Greek gods, Valkyrie, sword in hand, spreads her arms amid the golden energy that flies from her warriors.
Thor and Thor stand together in the shadowy realm, probably facing the looming threat of Gorr, the God Butcher. Although their hands are out of the picture, both are presumably grasping their lightning-powered implements.
The full one-minute trailer can be seen below.
Thanos and Loki’s Role in Thor’s Journey
Though some may assume these character appearances, Thor: Love and Thunder‘s marketing campaign as hints at their inclusion in the final film, this is probably not the case. Other recent films have used footage from other MCU projects in their promotional materials, including: Eternals† Shang-Chiand Doctor Strange 2, with the referenced characters playing no part in the actual movies. In all likelihood, these moments were shot to help connect the upcoming movie with the wider MCU and quickly recap some key moments for the character.
However, this does not mean that Thanos and Loki’s influence on Thor’s life will remain unexplored in love and thunder† The Doctor Strange trailer referenced above is particularly instructive here, with that bit of marketing foreshadowing Doctor’s proper reckoning with the decisions made over the course of his career. Avengers: Infinity War† It is quite possible that the moments captured in this most recent Thor trailer will feature in the film, leading Thor to the path of peace and eventually forcing him to return to combat.
Gorr’s narration about the first part of this trailer backs this up, with the God Butcher ominously uttering to Thor that “I know your pain, your suffering.” The Gorr comic book incarnation was set on his reign of terror over the loss of his family, something alluded to by the cast of love and thunderso this shared loss could potentially serve as a point of contrast between the two, with each dealing 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 Infinite War and Endgame definitely left their mark on the character. At the very least, the movie is about where those movies left the character, with Thor leaving New Asgard behind and leaving alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. To see where the film goes, fans will just have to wait and see.