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Thor: Love And Thunder Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

The God of Thunder is coming back for another Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure, with "Thor: Love and Thunder" forcing its titular hero to face one of his most personal challenges to date: lost love. If that's not enough to make Marvel fans curious about the film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is also set to square off against a villain with powers equal to his own in the sequel. All in all, it's shaping up to be a Phase Four Marvel outing worthy of the powerful Asgardian.

Indeed, Marvel's pulling out all the stops for this entry. The ambitious production opted to film in Australia with a number of high-profile celebrities (via News.Com.Au) earlier this year. In a bid to recreate the popularity of 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok," the studio has also, once again, tasked director Taika Waititi with helming the upcoming MCU installment.

Unlike "Ragnarok," Waititi is also co-writing "Thor: Love and Thunder" alongside Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (via IMDb). In June, the writer-director took to Instagram to tease the movie, writing, "This film is the craziest thing I've ever done and I'm honoured to bust my a** and have a nervous breakdown so you can all see it."

With all that in mind, here's everything we know so far about the release date, cast, and plot of "Thor: Love and Thunder."

When is Thor: Love and Thunder's release date?

Marvel fans have been waiting years for "Thor: Love and Thunder." The film was first announced in the summer of 2019 (via The Hollywood Reporter), and for a while, it appeared that Marvel was on track to have a stellar 2020. Of course, those plans all changed (via The Wrap). Fortunately, after experiencing various different stops and starts, "Thor: Love and Thunder" began filming in January, with an early 2022 release date set for it at the time.

As is always the case, release dates can change for a variety of reasons. For much of this year, the studio had set May 6, 2022, as the film's premiere date. However, in October, Marvel pushed the film's release again as part of a widespread schedule shift (via Deadline), with "Thor: Love and Thunder" now set to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.

As of this writing, there has been no announcement about when it will hit Disney+. While the service offers a Premier Access level for some new releases, others have been made available for no additional fee. That said, the only Marvel movie to get a day-and-date release on Disney+ up to this point is "Black Widow." In that case, the studio chose to initially release it through Premier Access.

Who is in the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder?

"Thor: Love and Thunder" is bringing together both MCU veterans and newcomers. Chris Hemsworth leads the film, once again reprising his role as its titular character, while Natalie Portman is also back as Jane Foster. A few other important Marvel stars are set to appear in "Thor: Love and Thunder" as well. 

For instance, actor Chris Pratt stars in the film, as do a number of other "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast members, and Tessa Thompson is also set to return in it as Valkyrie. In a surprising turn of events, the film will also be reviving an unforgettable "Thor: Ragnarok" joke, with Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, and Sam Neill all reprising their roles as a trio of unnamed Asgardian actors (via IMDb). Melissa McCarthy also stars in the film's cast as an Asgardian actor playing Cate Blanchett's Hela. Early signs indicate that  "Thor: Love and Thunder" will see the four actors all performing a humorous retelling of previous MCU events together.

Elsewhere, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe are both making their MCU debuts in the film. Bale plays the powerful villain known as Gorr the God Butcher (via Marvel), a formidable foe who has even come close to destroying Thor in the comics. Meanwhile, Crowe is set to play the role of Zeus (via EW) in "Thor: Love and Thunder."

What is the plot of Thor: Love and Thunder?

Marvel is notorious for keeping the storylines of its films under wraps. That said, it has been confirmed that "Thor: Love and Thunder" will adapt a major comic book storyline and see Natalie Portman's Jane Foster become The Mighty Thor. Outside of the film's use of Jane and her Mighty Thor persona, "Thor: Love and Thunder" is also set to introduce Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher. The character is a fearsome warrior from the comics who is intent on killing every god in the universe, and he promises to be a major threat for Chris Hemsworth's Thor. Of course, how exactly "Thor: Love and Thunder" weaves its Gorr and Jane Foster storylines together remains to be seen.

Writer-director Taika Waititi has also previously referred to the film as "a full-blown love story" (via Wired), which suggests that it should be an excitingly unique new entry in the still-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. For now, however, fans will just have to wait to find out more about the story and characters of "Thor: Love and Thunder."