Thor Odinson’s arc in Thor: Love & Thunder was privately teased in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Thor’s arc in the MCU has been something of a disjointed one, in big component due to the fact that the MCU rotated after Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Marvel employed Taika Waititi to transform the franchise business, and he gladly required, with Thor: Ragnarok functioning as completion of one era as well as the start of one more.
Stylistically, the Thor: Love & Thunder trailer makes it clear this movie is without a doubt a spiritual follower to Thor: Ragnarok – albeit with a larger range of feelings. This time about, Waititi is drawing ideas from a traditional comic book arc by Jason Aaron in which Jane Foster wielded the power of the Mighty Thor after the Odinson became not worthy. She knew “there must always be a Thor,” therefore approved the problem of filling up deep space he had actually left. Something comparable appears to be happening in the MCU, although right here there’s a really different reason the traditional role of Thor is presently unfilled; it’s due to the fact that Thor is searching for a new duty in the galaxy. As far as he’s worried, his Avengers days are well behind him.
Strangely enough, this procedure of reinvention is meant in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. There, Thor acquired an effective brand-new tool called Stormbreaker that he believed can eliminate Thanos. Stormbreaker is an interesting weapon, adapted from the comics as well as bearing a special aesthetic appearance; it is both an axe and a hammer. Symbolically, its design represents the conflict at the heart of Thor’s Phase 4 story; a hammer is generally a device for building, while an axe is for damage. Thor has to choose whether he intends to be a warrior, or locate a means to transform himself into a builder of some kind.
Nonetheless irregular Thor’s arc may be, there is a feeling in which this problem – the question of whether Thor will be the warrior who fights for Asgard or the one who develops the kingdom – has actually run through the entire franchise to date. Paradoxically, initially Thor was also like his father Odin – or, instead, the man his daddy made use of to be, when he led Asgard in plundering the rest of the Nine Realms. Odin judged Thor the warrior unworthy, and from that moment on the Odinson began a pursuit to transform himself. He appears to have consulted with some success by the time of Thor: Love & Thunder, even making use of Stormbreaker merely as a way of taking a trip the universes rather than as a tool.
In mythical terms, it’s common for a god or hero’s weapon to work as a picture of their character or arc. There are in fact extensive parallels between Thor’s Stormbreaker and also the weapons used by Perrin in Robert Jordan’s iconic Wheel of Time series, where he was torn between utilizing the axe and the hammer. Thor’s weapon Stormbreaker incorporates both, perhaps hinting that Thor will lastly involve accept the duality of his nature. Avengers: Infinity War and also Avengers; Endgame both teased this change of Thor ending up being both builder as well as destroyer, warrior and a king. It will be interesting to see exactly how this plays out in Thor: Love & Thunder.