In Phase 4, Marvel Studios continues to create history. Thor: Love and Thunder is the first solo brand to earn a fourth episode, after the first filmmaker to lead a complete trilogy and the first origin tale on Disney+. Taika Waititi reunites with Chris Hemsworth in this post-Avengers: Endgame adventure that follows the God of Thunder’s journey to redemption.
Thor’s training montage as he changes from “dad bod” to “god bod” was included in the highly-anticipated teaser trailer, which depicted his redemption journey. Beyond that, fans got their first look at Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor, the actress’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in in a decade.
Despite everything else in the teaser, one major figure was conspicuously absent: Christian Bale’s Gorr the God-Butcher. Fans were expecting this trailer to “blow your mind” after Hemsworth himself promised it would “blow your mind.”
The official trailer elicited overwhelmingly enthusiastic comments, but thankfully for those waiting until July 8, the new Thor 4 video reveals far more than what’s on the surface. Without further ado, here are 11 new Thor: Love and Thunder trailer Easter eggs, secret meanings, and story tidbits.
The Campfire Story of Korg
The second Thor: Love and Thunder teaser begins with Taika Waititi’s Korg telling the titular character a campfire tale. This takes place on the same planet where the God of Thunder has retired, as shown by the same tree in the backdrop.
While this scene occurs at the beginning of the trailer, the context might put it around the end of the film. Korg might be updating his audience on the “500 times” Thor has rescued the world in the past, or he could be telling the story of his inactive Asgardian pal.
That, or this may be a posthumous memorial to the original Avenger. Given that this is Hemsworth’s fourth solo Thor film and his ninth appearance in the MCU overall, Love and Thunder might very well be his swan song. If the Mighty One follows in his father’s footsteps and vanishes into the stars, this “Story of the Space Viking” might serve as a memorial.
Tourist Attractions in New Asgard
After Surtur destroyed their home world and Thanos massacred half of their people, the surviving Asgardians sought sanctuary in Norway, claiming a parcel of land for themselves. New Asgard, first seen in the first act of Avengers: Endgame, remade the previously royal empire as a fishing colony, with the Asgardians trading in their golden gowns for neon rain coats.
The Blip not only restored the lost half of its people, but it also gave the nation a makeover. New Asgard has been transformed into a tourist destination, replete with cruise ships moored and a golf course.
The new aesthetic of New Asgard, as seen by goods, will play a significant role in the fourquel, even though the bulk of the adventure takes place off-world. However, the nation is not immune to high-octane activity.
Battle in New Asgard
The unveiling of Natalie Portman’s hero fighting side by side with her old sweetheart is pushed to the opening of the film. When the Mjolnir-wielder appears, Hemsworth’s Thor is likewise perplexed, exclaiming, “Jane?!”
This combat looks to be taking place inside New Asgard itself, based on backdrop “stay clear” and “the bla-” writing on buildings. The formidable team is facing Gorr’s Black Berserkers, implying that the God-Butcher will first make his presence known on Earth before moving on to other terrestrial creatures.
Aside from that, this sequence establishes Jane’s presence on-world at the start of Love and Thunder. Given that Thor begins with the Guardians of the Galaxy in space, Foster’s Mighty Thor may have some crime-fighting experience by the time her ex-boyfriend returns.
This brawl also has some strange trailer gimmickry.
Thor’s Helmet Makes a Comeback
Most of her battle-ready appearances include Mighty Thor wearing her helmet, although Thor himself appears in one scene. The God of Thunder wears a new winged helmet that hides his face, as opposed to the one he briefly wore in 2011’s Thor and the Sakaar war gear he donned in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
If this single view of Thor’s winged helmet seems out of place, that’s because it is. Thor is dressed in his sleeveless, fur-coated shoulder pad garment as he first reaches for Mjolnir. Thor’s response shot features the winged helmet as well as the red and gold sleeved costume as the hammer returns to Jane’s hand.
This might be due to Thor updating his armor in the middle of a fight, as he is known to do, or a suit swap-out expressly for the film, similar to Cap’s Nomad costume in the Avengers: Endgame official trailer.
How long has it been since?
Thor doesn’t waste any time in stating unequivocally that he is still thinking about Jane. Despite the fact that Natalie Portman has not appeared in a new Marvel film since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Jane Foster has been mentioned in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Endgame.
What happened to Jane in the meanwhile is unknown. Did she pursue her scientific studies further? How has her relationship with SHIELD changed since Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Was she a casualty of Thanos’ snap?
That final question was heavily hinted at in a single line of discourse. Jane inquires if it has been “three years” since she last saw Thor, to which the Stormbreaker-wielding hero responds that it has been eight years and change. Despite the fact that it has been at least a canonical decade since The Dark World, Jane was wrong by five years, and the precise length of time that transpired between the Snap and the Blip suggests she may have been reduced to atoms during Avengers: Infinity War.
Gorr! Gorr! Gorr! Thor, Love, and Thunder, Gorr the God Butcher
Christian Bale’s first comic book film role since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises sees him forego the batarangs and cowl in favor of the Venom-related necrosword and white cloak. Gorr the God-Butcher is the furious adversary focused on slaying deities across the universe.
This trailer has multiple money shots of the pale white villain, including frames of his face before assuming his goal statement of “all gods must perish.” This suggests that Love and Thunder will also function as a Gorr origin narrative, which, if faithful to the comics, will be tragic.
Thor’s original weapon has returned, this time in Jane Foster’s hands. This is the same Mjolnir that Hela destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok, as seen by the damaged hammer head in the first teaser.
Mjolnir, on the other hand, has not been fully repaired.
Jane throws the hammer at an assortment of Olympians during an action scenario on Olympus. Mjolnir re-shatters, each part killing a different opponent before coming back together in Jane’s hands.
Please step aside, Jackson, Percy
Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie may be seen carrying Zeus’ legendary lightning bolt during a one-on-one battle with Gorr. Given how protective the Greek God of Thunder is about his property, it’s doubtful that Valkyrie received this renowned weapon.
Bringing Zeus and the Olympians into the fold with an enemy championed as a “god butcher” never boded well for their futures. If Gorr discovers Olympus, things will not end well for the Greek Gods.
A divided house cannot stand.
Despite being greeted with warm arms into Olympus, things rapidly turn nasty against Thor. In a blue robe, the Asgardian battles Olympians before being shackled by Zeus’ lightning chains. Strangely, Jane and Valkyrie stand amid the throng, pleased by their friend’s misery, similar to Loki on Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok.
Jane will eventually come to her ex’s rescue, as shown by the aforementioned Mjolnir enhancements, but why she waits until the going gets bad remains a mystery.
Thor and company’s expedition to Olympus is likely to serve as a warning to their fellow gods about the impending fight. Zeus may take offense and embarrass his Norse counterpart, which would explain Thor’s appearance in a birthday suit at the conclusion of the film.
What a fourth phase for the Living Tribunal!
Following Easter egg-sized appearances in Loki, What If…?, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the three-headed enigmatic god makes its fourth blink-and-miss-it appearance in the last calendar year.
The Living Tribunal is one of many notable sculptures in this chamber. Uatu the Watcher and Mistress Death are also seen around Jane Foster.
Fans will remember Uatu from What If…? as the all-powerful observer of the Multiverse, while comic fans will recognize Mistress Death as the trigger for the print edition of Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos pursues the Infinity Stones is order to “court Death,” his love interest.
Are You Not Interested?
In this trailer’s tag, Russell Crowe’s Zeus makes his complete appearance. Surrounded by ladies, Zeus “flicks” too forcefully, ripping Thor’s draperies from his body.
This Zeus mimics the campy mood of the Olympians in Marvel Comics, much to how Richard E. Grant portrays Classic Loki in the Loki Disney+ series. While his bolt in Valkyrie’s hands earlier in the clip does not speak well for his destiny, let’s hope he has a demi-god kid somewhere in Olympus.
Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in cinemas on July 8.
Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?
DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.
Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.
Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.
Marvel VS DC
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch
Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson
Dani Guererro – Okoye
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!
Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision
WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.
In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.
WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.
I Love Lucy
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.
Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.
A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.
Malcolm in the Middle
The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.
WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.
When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.
Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.
The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.
Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.
Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?
Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.
The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.
How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?
For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.
By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.
After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.
What are Wonder Man’s powers?
What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.
Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.
Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?
Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.
What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?
Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.
It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.
It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.
We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.
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