First reactions to Thor: Love and Thunder participated, with critics lucky enough to attend the film’s worldwide premiere calling it “big, colourful, weird, and irreverent”.

The fourth film in the Thor franchise and the sixth in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Love and Thunder saw Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster put on the shoulders of mighty Thor.

Taika Waititi returns to directing after his work in 2017 Thor: Ragnarok, while Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Jaimie Alexander have also returned. Newcomers to the franchise include Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher, and Russell Crowe as Zeus.

Compliments have begun to appear…

Thor: Love and Thunder is the perfect combination of Taika at his best with comedy and an all-in-one gut punch,” journalist Rachel Leishman tweeted. “I left this movie emotionally satisfied while also sobbing and perfect.”

Thor: Love and Thunder surpassed all expectations,” journalist Caitlin Tyrrell tweeted. “Balances the melodramatic madness perfectly with character-driven stories.”

ColliderPerri Nemiroff added that the film is “electric”. “An eccentric, energetic fun with a cast full of trump cards that crush scene after scene. A LOT of laughter (my face hurts), the threat of Gorr’s Christian Bale chills my spine, but most of all loved because it’s a film filled with emotion and good heart. “

Reactions to ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ in progress…

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Critic Courtney Howard wrote that the film was a “subversive, irreverent spectacle”, while critic Erik Davis called it “big, colorful and eerie”.

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Meanwhile, considerable acclaim has gone to Portman, with the film reportedly adapting elements of a 2014 comic book story in which Jane assumes the powers of Thor shortly after being diagnosed with the disease. cancer.

Critic Lyra Hale wrote: “Natalie Portman’s performance is exceptional. “Watching Dr. Jane Foster transform into this hero… that’s what I want for all the women on my screen. I want that complexity.”

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Hale also added that Thompson will play Valkyrie as “her truest self,” possibly alluding to MCU director Kevin Feige’s pledge that the film will address the character’s bisexuality. hers.

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Other critics, meanwhile, gave slightly more mixed reactions.

Thor: Love and Thunder had very high highs and very low lows,” tweeted Scott Menzel. “It’s very Taika Waititi and has the timbre all over the place.” Brandon Davis also added that Bale’s character “could benefit from a bit more screen time but [still] really good land”.

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Earlier this week, Portman said she’s been asked to “do the best she can” for her role in the film, while also discussing the poor response to her last Thor movie, 2013. New world.

On the way to promoting the film, Bale also gave a characteristically blunt answer to questions about jumping into the MCU, and Hemsworth revealed one condition he has to return to the film.

Thompson, meanwhile, jokingly (sort of) apologized to Marvel after she accidentally leaked photos from production.

Thor: Love and Thunder in theaters on July 8.

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