Here’s the thing about Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth solo outing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s God of Thunder: pretty much every individual element works on its own, and almost none of it works taken as a whole. That doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time, but your enjoyment will be predicated on what’s more important to you: coherent storytelling and themes or goofy fun. This time we don’t get much of the former but an absolute tsunami of the latter. Is it too much of a good thing? Yeah, I’d say so.

Picking up a fair while after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor: Love and Thunder sees everyone’s favorite Norse deity (Chris Hemsworth) leaving off his sojourn with the Guardians of the Galaxy when he learns that a powerful villain, Gorr (Christian Bale), is running around the universe killing every god he can lay his hands (or, rather, the Necrosword) on, and he’s set his sights on New Asgard. Charging in to defend his people, Thor finds they already have a defender, as his ex-girlfriend, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, and yes, her buffing up for the role is impressive) has taken up the magic hammer Mjölnir and the mantle of The Mighty Thor. Gorr kidnaps a passel of Asgardian kids and our heroes, who also include Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and affable, Kiwi-accented, possibly-overstaying-his-welcome rock monster Korg (Taika Waititi), are suddenly on a rescue mission.

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