It’s safe to say that we are all patiently waiting for Thor: Love and Thunder to grace movie screens. Taiki Waititi is back to direct the highly anticipated sequel to Thor: Ragnarok. Also, we are going to be treated to not only seeing Chris Hemsworth return as Thor but the return of the fan-favorite Guardians of the Galaxy. Trailers have shown off a bit about what the movie is going to be about plot-wise, as we see a more mature Thor, trying to figure out his life after battle. From the looks of the film, it is going to be an emotional ride that could see the end of Hemsworth as Thor. New details have come out about the film, especially its rumored runtime. Thor: Love and Thunder is said to have a runtime of 115 minutes, meaning it will only be an hour and fifty-five minutes long.
An almost two-hour movie isn’t necessarily the worst thing, but when it comes to how long most of the MCU films are, Thor: Love and Thunder clocks in as one of the lowest. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. The first Thor film and Doctor Strange film both match this runtime, and only Thor: Dark World and The Incredible Hulk are shorter. They both come in at 112 minutes runtime. Sometimes films that have those longer runtimes are often hurt by the length, as there are moments in the films that drag. However, there are also times in which longer runtimes are needed to tell a much more involved story. This shorter runtime for Thor: Love and Thunder could mean we are meant to see a much more shrunken down story that will effectively pass the reins to Natalie Portman.
From the trailer, fans got the shock of a lifetime, as there was a quick moment which saw the new Thor. It was announced that Natalie Portman would be returning as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, but no one knew in what capacity she would be returning. Now from the trailer, we know she is meant to portray The Mighty Thor. This version of Thor sees Thor Odinson becoming unworthy to wield Mjolnir for the first time, so the responsibility transfers over to Foster. This is certainly going to be the case in the new Taiki Waititi-led film. How this shapes the future of the MCU will be left to be detailed when the movie comes on in July. The multiverse is a huge part of Marvel’s continuity right now, so we could just be seeing the “alternate” Thor take over things for right now.
Thor: Love and Thunder will premiere on July 8th, and we will get to finally see if Chris Hemsworth is going to give up Mjolnir and Stormbreaker forever. Jane Foster taking over duties of Thor will be interesting moving forward. With 115 minutes of runtime, we could be seeing a much more condensed story that bids farewell to one of the most perfect-casted MCU characters. This is all speculation, as we are hoping Hemsworth stays in the MCU for a bit longer.