'Thor: Love and Thunder' release date, cast, teaser and all we know about MCU sequel

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Watch the teaser trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder

Marvel's hammer-wielding god is back in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The film is the fourth solo Thor movie following 2017's box-office hit Thor: Ragnarok, and it arrives in IMAX and UK cinemas from 7 July. The movie includes an all-star cast and will once again be directed by two-time Academy Award winner, Taika Waititi.

In an interview with the BBC, Waititi described Thor: Love and Thunder as “very romantic” and it sees the return of Thor's former love interest: Natalie Portman's Jane Foster.

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The film was shot at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, in 2021 and it utilises the same StageCraft virtual production technology that was used in Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

Thor: Love and Thunder release date

The title treatment for Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney)
The title treatment for Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney)

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released on 7 July, 2022. Like a lot of Marvel releases, it has experienced several delays.

It was originally set for release on 5 November, 2021 but was delayed to 18 February, 2022 by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was subsequently moved up to 11 February once Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was rescheduled from November 2021 to March 2022.

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It was delayed once again to 6 May, 2022, before shifting to the July 2022 date in October 2021.

Thor: Love and Thunder teaser

The first teaser trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder was released on 18 April, 2022 giving fans their first look at the upcoming movie.

It shows Chris Hemsworth's superhero apparently going on a journey of self-discovery, and it racked up 209 million views in just 24 hours.

Further trailers have followed including this one below which revealed more of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster.

Thor: Love and Thunder cast

The cast for Thor: Love and Thunder sees an assortment of the very best that Hollywood has to offer with Chris Hemsworth once again returning to play thew mighty Thor.

Hemsworth is now one of the last standing members of the original cast of the Avengers, with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson officially out of the MCU.

A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)
A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Star of the boxing franchise Creed, Tessa Thompson returns as Valkyrie. Valkyrie belongs to a group that are regarded as the strongest warriors of Asgard.

Tessa Thompson returns as Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) in Thor: Love and Thunder
Tessa Thompson returns as Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) in Thor: Love and Thunder

Academy Award-winner and ex-Batman actor Christian Bale has been cast as the menacing brute Gorr The God Butcher with Russell Crowe playing the role of the sky and thunder god Zeus.

Christian Bale as Gorr in Marvel Studios' THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.
Christian Bale as Gorr in Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios)

Academy Award winner and former Star Wars actor Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster however now in a new role as Mighty Thor. Portman last appeared in Thor: The Dark World and was a noticeable absence in Thor: Ragnarok.

Regarding her absence Portman told ET, “Obviously, I wasn’t written into [Thor: Ragnarok] because of where it took place. It wasn’t really on Earth, and my character is on Earth.”. She returned to the franchise after speaking to Waititi about the new role.

A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)
A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

The film also includes the Guardians of the Galaxy crew. Chris Pratt returns as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.

A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)
A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Matt Damon will also make a brief cameo reprising the role as Actor Loki which he did in Thor: Ragnarok. Sam Neill has also teased his return in the fourquel.

Thor: Love and Thunder plot

Here's the official synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder: "The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace.

A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)
A still from the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

"But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor.

"Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late."

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released on 7 July, 2022.