There are still two weeks to go until Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters, but the first critical reactions are being shared on social media, and they are primarily positive.
"#ThorLoveandThunder is the perfect blend of taika at his best with comedy and a punch to the gut all in one. i left this movie emotionally satisfied while also sobbing and just perfection," Rachel Leishman of The Mary Sue Tweeted after the screening let out on June 23.
The film's comedic sentiment was called out by a number of critics, including BroBible's Eric Italiano, who called the latest Marvel Studio movie "the funniest film in the MCU," noting that "the jokes are excellent as is the cast delivering them." Meanwhile, freelancer Courtney Howard Tweeted, "There's a lot of unhinged, unrestrained, completely out-of-the-box lunacy in #ThorLoveAndThunder that I'm still shocked they snuck in/ got away with. And BLESS UP that they did. It counterbalances grounded heartrending storylines too."
Written by Taika Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and directed by Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth film in the Marvel Studios series. Chris Hemsworth reprises his eponymous superhero role, only this time, he's not the only one donning the iconic costume and wielding the equally infamous hammer: Thor's ex Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) does as well.
Originally on a quest for peace after traveling back in time in Avengers: Endgame, Thor returns to recruit a team to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who is hellbent on taking out the gods. Thor's new team includes Jane, as well as Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Waititi).
Insider correspondent Kirsten Acuna commented on a few notable elements of the film, including Bale's performance as Goor, which she said was "phenomenally menacing" and "one of the creepiest Marvel villains we've ever seen on screen. Gave me some Dark Knight Ledger Joker vibes at one point."
Also appearing in the film are Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, Thor's rival; Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Thor's childhood best friend; Pom Klementieff as Mantis; Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel as Guardians of the Galaxy members Drax the Destroyer, Nebula, Rocket, and Groot, respectively; Sean Gunn as Guardians ally Kraglin Obfonteri; Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster; and Russell Crowe as Zeus, the king of Olympians.
Thor: Love and Thunder, which is produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, opens in theaters on July 8 and the full review embargo has yet to lift. For now, read on for the early social reactions from members of the media: