Things are about to change significantly for the Thunder God with the Thor Love And Thunder UK release date this week (details below). It probably won’t change much in terms of the age rating certificate from Thor Ragnarok, which you can read more about in our parents guide, but the story is getting the kind of shake up that would make all of the parallel universe Mjolnirs shudder.
You can attribute a lot of the changes to the devastating impact of the war with Thanos in Avengers Infinity War and Endgame. Thor took everything pretty badly and did a runner at the end of the film leaving Valkyrie in charge of his people living in New Asgard in Norway.Advertisement Brilliant New Zealand director Taika Waititi will be back in the hot seat once again for Thor Love And Thunder, having done a great job previously with Ragnarok. He’s got a strong reputation for adventure comedies, which has translated well from the likes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Jojo Rabbit, which came out in early 2020 in the UK.
The film release is fast approaching, and thanks to the arrival of the trailer we know a lot more about the cast list. It’s been common knowledge for a while that Natalie Portman (Avengers Endgame) will reprise her role as Jane Foster. The character didn’t appear in Thor Ragnarok, which took place off planet after the former love birds had broken up due to Thor’s plan to head out in search of the Infinity Stones.Advertisement She’s essentially going to be taking on the role of Mighty Thor in Love And Thunder having previously been confirmed to be worthy of Mjolnir. However, the Thunder God’s hammer was destroyed by Hela during Ragnarok and the alternate timeline Mjolnir was returned by Captain America at the end of Avengers Endgame.
Thor also took Stormbreaker, his replacement for Mjolnir, with him when he left with the Guardians of the Galaxy after he used it to decapitate Thanos. That leaves Jane Foster as a new Thor seemingly without a weapon, but from the look of the latest trailer she’s going to have a re-forged Mjolnir, which responds to her Mighty form over its former master.Advertisement Chris Hemsworth (Men In Black: International) still reprises his role as Thor, despite Jane’s ascension to godhood. Tessa Thomson stars as Valkyrie, and the Guardians of the Galaxy team is in the mix too, so you’ve got Chris Pratt (Jurassic World Dominion) as Peter Quill, Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax, Pom Klementieff (Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1) as Mantis, Karen Gillan (Jumanji The Next Level) as Nebula, Bradley Cooper (Nightmare Alley) as Rocket and Vin Diesel (Avatar The Way of Water) as Groot.
Jamie Alexander (Thor The Dark World) returns as Sif, Geoff Goldblum (Jurassic World Dominion) is The Grandmaster, Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys) plays the god Zeus and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) stars as villainous baddy, Gorr the God Butcher.
Thor Love And Thunder UK release date
The Thor Love and Thunder UK release date had been confirmed for the 6th May 2022, but it has now been put back to the 7th July 2022. It follows a number of delays due to the COVID pandemic. It was initially due out on the 5th November 2021, but everything has been moved out and we’re now looking at next year for the next installment for the series.
Phase Four began this year with the arrival of Black Widow, Shang-Chi And The Lengend Of the Ten Rings and Eternals in 2021. Natalie Portman’s thunderous superhero debut will come smack dab in the middle of it all following on from Spider-Man: No Way Home in December 2021 and Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness in March ’22.
As the film is coming out in May next year, it should then come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital around September 2022. There are no details as of yet in terms of when it will be available to stream in the UK.
Age rating and parents guide
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced the age rating for Thor Love And Thunder in the UK with the release date coming up giving it a 12A certificate. All of the previous three films had a 12 or 12A certification, and its a similar case again for number 4.Advertisement The general gist of the parents guide for the previous Thor films is moderate fantasy violence. Director Taika Waititi continues on from Ragnarok, so there’s bound to be a continuation from that, which means that it’ll be the same fantasy violence to be aware of. The question is how far it’ll go with this.
The core Thor films have all been pretty lightweight in this regard, but then the Chris Hemsworth character went on to lop Thanos’ head off during Endgame, so you never can tell. If that isn’t enough, there’s also the Love and Thunder villain Gorr the God Butcher to take into account with Christian Bale looking pretty sadistic in the role.
We’ll update with more details on the film as it becomes available and you can check out our film news section to keep tabs on the latest, or check out the Marvel movie news page to see more on the film at https://www.marvel.com/articles#promo-2.
Like the age rating, the runtime for Love and Thunder was confirmed as we go closer to the release date and its is 1 hour and 59 minutes long. Thor Ragnarok was 2 hours 10 minutes, so it’s a little shorter, but still in the ballpark.