From Ragnarok leading to Love and Thunder
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has been a part of the MCU since its first phase of movies. Although presented as a brash and arrogant demigod, Thor eventually learns to become more humble and protect the Nine Realms that make up the World Tree, also known as Yggdrasil. Ironically, it’s the complex rivalry between Thor and his trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who helped him grow as a person. Over the years, Thor has had several adventures alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes and characters who aren’t from Midgard. We’re here to take a look at what Thor has been up to in his latest MCU appearances and speculate what might happen in the future. Thor: Love and Thunder.
Destruction of Asgard
Let’s start with the destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok since it’s one of the more recent MCU events involving the God of Thunder. After Thor and Loki escape from the gladiatorial planet Saakar alongside Bruce Banner/Hulk (Marc Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), they go to Asgard where they help Heimdall (Idris Elba) and the other Asgardians flee from the goddess of death known as Hela (Cate Blanchett).
Hela being too powerful to defeat, however, Thor realizes that “Asgard is not a place, it is a people” and resurrects the fire demon Surtur (Clancy Brown) to destroy Hela and Asgard. Even though Thor and his people are far from the planet before it explodes, their ship is intercepted by the Sanctuary IIwhich belongs to none other than the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Thanos wipes out half of the Asgardian population
The next film with Thor is Avengers: Infinity War, and this is where things get dark. Although Thanos lets Valkyrie escort half of the Asgardian population to escape the pods, the Mad Titan and his Black Order team kill everyone else on board. After Thanos defeats the Hulk in a one-on-one fight, Heimdall uses the Bifrost Bridge to send the Hulk to Earth, so Thanos kills him.
Loki also attempts to kill Thanos, but the latter predicts this move and chokes him to death. Thor cries next to his brother’s corpse as Thanos uses the Power Stone to destroy the rest of the Asgardian ship before using the newly acquired Space Stone to teleport him and the Black Order away from the wreckage .
Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy
After hearing a distress call, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel to the wreckage of the Asgardian ship when the barely alive body of Thor lands on the front glass of their ship. After bringing him inside and waking up, Thor tells the Guardians what happened to Gamora (Zoe Saldana) explains Thanos’ plan to wipe out half of all living things in the universe. At one point, Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) tries to emulate Thor because he is jealous of him and his extremely fit physique. In Quill’s defense, his girlfriend was patting Thor’s muscles.
Thor exclaims as he must travel to a neutron star called Nidavellir to forge a new weapon powerful enough to kill Thanos since Hela destroyed Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok. Rocket Raccoon (bradley cooper) and Groot (Wine Diesel) decide to follow because the former is interested in all the weapons made on Nidavellir and takes the spaceship’s space pod to the planet while the rest of the Guardians go to the decapitated celestial head known as Knowhere to stop Thanos to find the stone of reality. .
On the way to Nidavellir, Rocket comforts Thor about the loss of his loved ones, and the latter explains how he uses his current emotions (rage, revenge, anger, loss and regret) as motivations to kill Thanos. “What more can I lose? said Thor. Rocket then gives Thor a new eye to replace the one Hela cut off during their one-on-one fight in Thor: Ragnarok. What a “sweet bunny!”
The trio arrive at a Nidavellir where the core is unsealed and the giant rings surrounding it do not move. The giant dwarf king Eitri (Pierre Dinklage), who also built the weapons Nidavellir is known for, attacks the group before recognizing Thor and asking why Asgard never protected them. He then explains that he built the Infinity Gauntlet for Thanos because he thought the Mad Titan would spare the other 299 dwarves inhabiting the structure if he did as instructed. Unfortunately, Thanos killed them anyway and spared Eitri but rendered his hands useless so he could no longer craft weapons.
After Thor convinces Eitri that they can kill Thanos together, the Dwarf King shows the group a mold of Stormbreaker, an Asgardian ax so powerful it can theoretically summon the Bifrost, which they could craft by awakening the dying star . Thor and Rocket use the space pod to relight the star and realign the rings so Eitri can forge the mold into the parts needed for Stormbreaker. Unfortunately, the mechanism that opens the star breaks, so Thor decides to pull a Thanos and “do it himself”, even though Eitri claims what he’s about to do is committing suicide. Nonetheless, Thor manually reopens the iris and takes the full weight of the star, but is able to keep the star open long enough to successfully melt down the parts needed to rebuild the weapon. Eitri says he needs the ax to keep him alive but can’t find the handle, so Groot, who is mostly seen throughout the film glued to his handheld video game, selflessly puts the pieces together with one of his arms, then cut him off.
A resurrected Thor uses the newly assembled Stormbreaker to transport him, Rocket, and Groot to the Battle of Wakanda where he kills numerous Thanos Outriders and shouts “Bring me Thanos!” because it kills even more. During the fight, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) notices Thor’s new haircut while the latter remarks that he copied the former’s beard. Thor then introduces Rogers to Groot, whom he calls “Tree”. “I am Groot!” Groot said. “I’m Steve Rogers,” Rogers replies. Later, when the Outriders attempted to retreat into dropships, Thor took them out by flying through them.
Don’t Stop Thanos
After Thanos arrived to claim the sixth and final Infinity Stone from Vision’s head, Thor flew up and punched Thanos in the chest so he could taunt him one last time before delivering the killing blow. Unfortunately, before he could do that, Thanos snapped his fingers and finally succeeded in his plan to wipe out half of all living things.
If you don’t count the pre-credits scene with Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and his family, Avengers: Endgame start where End of Game leave behind. Still reeling from his failure, Thor teams up with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Rocket Raccoon and the original Avengers (minus Hawkeye) to track down Thanos only to find he “used the stones to destroy the stones”, so Thor violently beheads him in a fit of rage.
Five years later, Rocket and a Hulkified Bruce Banner (Marc Ruffalo) travel to a small town in Norway called, which became home to all remaining Asgardians and has since been renamed “New Asgard”. Unfortunately, their new king has slacked off over the years as he now spends his days drinking and playing video games with his two alien pals, the rock-motif Kronan, Korg (Taika Waititi) and the insect-like alien of few words, Miek. Not to mention that Thor has lost the incredible physique he’s long been associated with. Fortunately, Rocket uses the promise of free drinks to convince Thor to return to the Avengers Compound.
As part of the team’s plan to retrieve the Infinity Stones at specific times so they can bring back all who have been lost, Thor and Rocket travel to Asgard circa 2013, just before the Dark Elves attack the city and only kill Thor’s mother, Frigga. (Rene Russo). While the God of Thunder is too nervous to help Rocket extract the Reality Stone from his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), he meets Frigga and has a nice little one-on-one with her before returning to 2023 with Rocket, the Reality Stone, and even his old hammer.
With the universe saved and 2014’s Thanos defeated, Thor decides to step down as king of New Asgard and appoints Valkyrie to replace him. That way, he can travel with the Guardians of the Galaxy and hopefully discover his true purpose.
All is fair in love and thunder
Taika Waititi Thor: Love and Thunder marks the God of Thunder’s first entry into the MCU since End of Game, but it may also be his last. The trailer for the film hints that Thor will embark on a journey of self-discovery and is officially retiring from being a superhero. Of course, these plans may not last very long because Christian Bale is already confirmed to play the film’s main antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher. And even though Captain America brought back the 2013 Mjolnir in its respective time, Natalie Portman is set to wield the original Asgardian Hammer, which has apparently been rebuilt, as Jane Foster, adding to speculation that Thor: Love and Thunder maybe a Logan-esque conclusion for Hemsworth in the role.
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