‘Thor: Love and Thunder‘, part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is also director Taika Waititi’s second Thor movie after ‘Ragnarok’. The story sees the God of Thunder begin to find purpose after helping the Avengers take down Thanos. However, he must take down Gorr the God Butcher who is out to slaughter all gods in the universe, in his quest for revenge.
Christian Bale’s character is the main antagonist to Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian, and in true superhero movie fashion, they face off in an epic final battle in the shadow realm. Despite putting up a good fight, Gorr manages to execute his plan of reaching Eternity, whereupon he has the chance to ask for a wish.
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His plan earlier was to ask for all gods to be killed, but Thor gets through to him. The God of Thunder, so known for his brute force, tries a gentler touch and talks to Gorr about how every one of us is looking for love, rather than revenge. Instead of killing the gods, he can be reunited with his daughter – who we see die in the opening moments of the film.
Gorr is swayed, partly, but contemplates that he’s dying – due to his use of the Necrosword, so wishing his daughter back would only leave her an orphan. Jane Foster, who’s now the Mighty Thor, and part of this adventure, but dying from cancer herself, assures Gorr that that won’t be the case.
The God Butcher makes Thor promise to take care of his daughter, which is exactly what he does – transforming from sad God to dad God, as Korg mentions. He makes her pancakes, and as Eternity’s child, she is godlike herself. We see the two go into battle, her wielding Stormbreaker, and Thor back with his trusty hammer Mjolnir.
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Back at New Asgard, in Norway, Heimdall’s son Astrid or Axl, as he prefers, trains with Lady Sif – one of Thor’s fighting partners from back in the day. Valkyrie trains the Asgardian children to defend themselves, and Jane Foster’s sacrifice in saving Thor and the town’s future is honoured by a huge statue. Korg narrates the entire sequence, and we understand that the future of Asgard is safe with the children being trained to come into their own.