What’s pretty clear from what we’ve seen in the first few looks at Thor: Love and Thunder is that in this next movie Chris Hemsworth, as Thor, is going to be out there, mixing it up with all sorts of folks, dealing with a major bad guy, reuniting with a lost love and just generally trying to find himself and his place in the universe. Frankly, even from the trailers, the movie looks completely awesome with almost enough action to fit into multiple flicks. And we also got a glimpse of a major change Taiki Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel has made for the character. It’s in the form of a tattoo honoring someone close to Thor.
During the most recent trailer, we are treated to a bunch of things including Korg voicing over some training scenes for Thor, some give and take between Hemsworth and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, and of course an appearance from the film’s primary antagonist, Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. But there’s also a scene of Chris Hemsworth standing prone as a captive on Mount Olympus, on trial in front of Russell Crowe’s Zeus. The latter flicks off Thor’s cloak to reveal the God of Thunder has gotten a full-back tattoo. And it’s in the likeness of his brother, Loki. Check it out:
That’s a zoomed-in look at the tattoo on the back of Chris Hemsworth, a representation of Loki’s horns we’ve seen in previous Marvel iterations. Whether he got it to honor Loki after Tom Hiddleston’s character was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, we aren’t sure. While we know a version of Loki is alive and “well” in the Multiverse, it isn’t the version that was killed in that movie, and it’s unclear if he ever crosses paths with Thor ever again. For all intents and purposes, Thor believes Loki is dead and has chosen this as a way to remember him. We’ll see if they ever address it in the course of the film.
Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it is going to cover so much ground it’s hard to believe it can even fit into one film. Coming off the tone shift Waititi put in place for Chris Hemsworth in Ragnarok, this movie looks like it follows similar beats, wanting to keep things relatively light at least to start. We are going to get a return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster who is now a version of Mighty Thor. And then there is Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher who’s looking real Voldemort-y and out to kill all of the Gods. Thor is next on the list.
Whether Chris Hemsworth and company do any looking back at what’s happened in the past, how he lost Loki for instance, remains to be seen. This movie looks very much like the soul-searching variety with Thor’s character still “lost” in many of the ways we saw him in End Game specifically, though at least more motivated this time around to do something about it. We’ll get a chance to see him, back tattoo and all when Thor: Love and Thunder releases in theaters on July 8th of this year.