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Movies Like 'Thor: Love and Thunder' to Watch Next

If you want more comedy with your adventure epics, discover these 10 movies to watch next.
by Annie Lyons — 
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Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Marvel Studios

In Thor: Love and Thunder, everyone's favorite God of Thunder must figure out his next purpose in life. 

The film picks up where Avengers: Endgame left off: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has joined the Guardians of the Galaxy but can't help feeling a bit aimless. When a new villain called Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) emerges, he races back into action. Only this time someone else is wielding his old hammer Mjölnir — his long absent old flame Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who becomes the Mighty Thor. After Gorr kidnaps Asgardian children, Thor, Jane, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Korg (Taika Waititi) must travel across the cosmos to stop him.

Since first appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe 11 years ago, Hemsworth's Thor has become a fan favorite with audiences. The hammer-wielding god has appeared in nine MCU feature films, starting with Thor. His intro film received mixed reviews from critics (Metascore: 57), as did his next solo adventure Thor: The Dark World (Metascore: 54).

New Zealand director Waititi helmed the hero's third adventure, Thor: Ragnarok, injecting his unique brand of quirky wit alongside colorful action set pieces and a 1970s/'80s aesthetic. The new direction and tone resonated with critics, and the film surpassed its predecessors with a Metascore of 74. Waititi returned to direct Thor: Love and Thunder (Metascore: 57), co-writing the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Like Thor: Ragnarok, the film blends a sci-fi fantasy adventure with zany humor and trope-busting moments. Plus, there's major romantic comedy vibes as Thor and Jane rekindle their spark. 

If you're craving more comedic quests after watching Thor: Love and Thunder, Metacritic has compiled a list of similar films. Whether you're looking for more intergalactic adventures, creative action sequences, or sci-fi/fantasies with a fun sense of humor, this list will have something for you. 

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 movies to watch after Thor: Love and Thunder


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Tom Hardy in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Warner Bros. Pictures

Mad Max: Fury Road

Metascore: 90
Best for: Fans of inventive action sequences and post-apocalyptic adventures 
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Vudu
Runtime: 120 minutes

Fans of Thor: Love and Thunder's bold action sequences might enjoy George Miller's high-speed reboot of the Mad Max franchise. Tom Hardy stars as the title character, who forms an alliance with the warrior Furiosa (Charlize Theron) during an escape attempt from a tyrannical cult leader. What follows is a near-continuous chase through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, complete with tricked-out cars, deadly sandstorms, and vivid color grading. The film topped Metacritic's tally of films most frequently mentioned on critics' year-end lists for 2015 and received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Hemsworth is set to co-star in the film's upcoming prequel, Furiosa

"Wild and unrelenting, but also possessed of the outlandish poetry, laced with hints of humor, that rises to the surface when the world is all churned up." — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker


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Zachary Quinto in 'Star Trek'

Paramount Pictures

Star Trek

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of space thrillers and reimaginings of classic characters 
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , , , Vudu
Runtime: 127 minutes

Before he first lifted Mjölnir as Thor, Hemsworth played another character who journeyed across the stars. In this 2009 film, director J.J. Abrams reboots the Star Trek franchise and offers new takes on many beloved characters from the original television series. The film takes place in an alternate timeline from the show and chronicles the rivalry-turned-friendship of James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). The pair initially clash as Starfleet Academy recruits but must learn to work together when danger threatens the galaxy. Hemsworth has a small role as Kirk's father, George, a Starfleet officer who sacrifices himself for his crew.

"An affectionate, exuberant picture that seeks to bring even those who don't know Klingon from Portuguese into the embrace of a pop-culture phenomenon." — Stephanie Zacharek, Salon


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Michelle Yeoh in 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'

A24

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of the multiverse and stories that blend absurd humor with emotional character drama
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Vudu
Runtime: 139 minutes

Coming from writer-director duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, this multiverse adventure defies genre conventions. Everything Everywhere All At Once explores the fraught relationship between an immigrant mother and her daughter through a science fiction premise that also features absurd humor, martial arts stunts, and Wong Kar-wai homages. Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn Wang, a dissatisfied laundromat owner. When a guardian of the multiverse contacts her, Evelyn learns she might be the only one who can stop a powerful being from destroying reality. To save the world and her family, she must grapple with her different selves and find new meaning in her life.

"The film works magic by embracing excess, finding a kind of harmony and possibility within it, and reminding us of the beauty and lunacy of the human experience along the way." — Derek Smith, Slant Magazine


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'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'

Madmen Ent.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of quirky adventures and unlikely bonds
Where to watch:

, , Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Pluto TV, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 101 minutes

For those who want to explore Waititi's films outside the MCU, the critically acclaimed Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a good place to start. In addition to directing, Waititi also wrote the film's screenplay, which is based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. After a tragedy, juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) escapes into the New Zealand bush, followed by his cantankerous foster father "Uncle" Hector (Sam Neill). As a national manhunt ensues, the odd pair must bond to survive. Like Thor: Love and Thunder, their adventure features Waititi's distinct blend of zany humor and heartfelt sincerity. 

"Warmly funny and deeply delightful, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a tale of two misfits told with such generosity of spirit and consistent good humour that it's a pleasant surprise to discover how sneakily touching it is as well." — Tim Grierson, Screen Daily


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'The Mitchells vs. the Machines'

Netflix

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of science-fiction comedies and stories about quirky families
Where to watch:

, , , Netflix, Vudu
Runtime: 113 minutes

Aspiring filmmaker Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) can't wait to start college, but first she has to get through a family road trip without fighting too much with her technophobic dad (Danny McBride). Easier said than done — especially when a tech mogul's AI starts a global robot uprising. The dysfunctional Mitchells must come together to be the world's unlikely heroes. This computer-animated film features bright colorful visuals and a unique animation style that spotlights Katie's emotions and sense of humor. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature and swept its categories at the Annie Awards, which honor animation. 

"The Mitchells vs. the Machines not only has laughably eccentric characters but also a script packed with bonkers, fast-paced action — with elaborate, wild visuals to match." — Maya Phillips, The New York Times


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'The World's End'

Big Talk Prods.

The World's End

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of satirical genre films and stories about the bittersweet lure of nostalgia
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , , Vudu
Runtime: 109 minutes

Many of director Edgar Wright's films offer humorous, action-packed takes on different genres. He tackles science fiction with The World's End, pairing up with frequent collaborator Simon Pegg for the script. Pegg also stars as Gary King, an immature, middle-aged alcoholic. It's been 20 years since Gary and his friends tried — and failed — their hometown's iconic pub crawl. Dreaming of his youth's glory days, Gary cajoles his old mates to return home and reattempt the feat. However, things take a turn toward the weird when the drunken group realizes they're in the middle of an alien invasion. 

"As in all of Wright's films, the surface is just as satisfying as the subtext: hilarious comedy, compelling character drama, eye-popping visuals, and a juicy science-fiction story." — Matt Singer, The Dissolve


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'Annihilation'

Paramount Pictures

Annihilation

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of inventive visuals and science fiction that ponders existential questions
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Paramount+, Vudu
Runtime: 115 minutes

For those who loved Jane and Valkyrie's bond in Thor: Love and Thunder, this science fiction thriller also features a Portman/Thompson team up. Directed by Alex Garland and based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name, the film concerns an eerie expanding zone called the Shimmer that mutates the animal and plant life it encounters. After her husband returns sick from an expedition into the Shimmer, biology professor Lena (Portman) decides to join a new expedition with four other women (one played by Thompson). The least comedic entry on this list, Annihilation veers into psychological horror as Lena's journey makes her consider her own tendency toward self-destruction. 

"At once a gripping jungle survival thriller and an alluring sci-fi puzzle, Garland's heady gambit confirms he's one of the genre's best working filmmakers." — Eric Kohn, IndieWire


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'The Princess Bride'

20th Century Studios

The Princess Bride

Metascore: 77
Best for: Fans of comedic fantasies and stories about one true loves 
Where to watch:

, , , iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 98 minutes

Much like Thor: Love and Thunder, this 1987 classic is another comedic fantasy adventure that focuses on romance. Directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, The Princess Bride follows the adventures of a farmhand named Westley (Cary Elwes) and his one true love Buttercup (Robin Wright) in a medieval-esque kingdom. The film frames this plot as a storybook that a grandfather is reading to his sick grandson. The boy initially rolls his eyes at the fairy tale but soon falls for its magic. 

"As a good fairy tale should, The Princess Bride teaches but never preaches. It's a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love." — Rita Kempley, Washington Post


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'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of comedic superhero stories and dysfunctional found families
Where to watch:

, , Google Play, , Vudu
Runtime: 121 minutes

In Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor makes a hilarious temporary addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy. For those interested in the group's origins, this 2014 film introduces the dysfunctional heroes to the MCU. After landing himself in prison, intergalactic thief Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a reluctant alliance with mysterious assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldaña), tree-like humanoid Groot (Vin Diesel), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and vengeful warrior Drax (Dave Bautista). Set to a rocking 1960s and 1970s soundtrack, the film follows the cosmic outlaws as they learn to band together against a common enemy who threatens the galaxy. 

"Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you're not quite sure what's going on, the scruffy Guardians is irreverent in a way that can bring the first Star Wars to mind." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


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Tim Allen in 'Galaxy Quest'

Dreamworks Pictures/Universal Pictures

Galaxy Quest

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of space adventures and affectionate parodies
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Paramount+, Vudu
Runtime: 102 minutes

This comedy imagines how the washed-up cast of a Star Trek-esque television series might react if they were beamed into a real-life space adventure. Since their show Galaxy Quest ended, actors Jason (Tim Allen), Gwen (Sigourney Weaver), Alexander (Alan Rickman), Fred (Tony Shalhoub), and Tommy (Daryl Mitchell) make a living through fan conventions. However, when a group of aliens who believe the show was real turn to them for help, the actors must live up to their on-screen personas. The film pokes fun at sci-fi character tropes, including the hot-headed captain, the logical alien officer, and the doomed "redshirt" extra. 

"The good-hearted Galaxy Quest delivers fun and confusion in equal measure, as it gently tweaks the fanaticism of Star Trek/Star Wars fans while validating it at the same time." — Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer