WithThor: Love and Thunder, the sixth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's multimediafranchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues. (Yes, there are already six Phase Four films, as well as seven TV shows.Avengers: Endgame was written a long time ago.)
Love and Thunder comes out just a couple months afterDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and a day after the latest episode of Disney+ from Marvel Premieres. Is it finally time to give up Marvel?
The overall tenor of the reviews, while mostly of the thumbs up variety, is positive. For example, forDoctor Strange, it has a 75 percent approval rating, ahead ofEternals (47). But it also falls short of the previous Thor film,Thor: Ragnarok, which had a 93 rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Other reviewers compare the film to Ragnarok and others to a mediocre TV show. However, one out of every four reviews is a familiar one.
Here's a small sampling of all theThor: Love and Thunder reviews so far:
Empire: Ben Travis
A deeply strange and profoundly wonderful triumph.
Today's Brian Truitt, United States
Three-quel to Waititis 2017 Thor: Ragnarok has encased a broadcomedy in the MCU, although Love and Thunder leverages the filmmaker's distinct sense of humor.
The Independent's Clarisse Loughrey writes:
A fun sequel to the film is fueled by funny self-awareness and imaginative playfulness.
Variety's Owen Gleiberman says
Thor: Love and Thunder is elevated by the juxtaposition of the cheeky and the deadly, the flip and the romantic, because it maintains it not just brashly unpredictable, but emotionally alive.
Caitlin, Chappell, CBR:
Bale is a genius fighter who has given us one of the greatest villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
BBC: Caryn James
This big-hearted Thor, who is thundering and sensitive, might be just the human hero we need right now.
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post:
Waititi, who did an equally outstanding job with Ragnarok and should direct every Marvel film, never gets lost in plot or vocabulary.
Indiewire's David Ehrlich:
From the moment it begins, Love and Thunder is hampered by its incongruousness in the universe.
Glen Weldon, NPR:
The familiar strains of Waititi are familiar and irritating.
CNN's Brian Lowry says, "I've just come to realize that you're in trouble."
Doesn't rekindle the spark that Ragnarok rekindled.
Bleeding Cool, Kaitlyn Booth
It's not unique, but it believes it is, and there isn't anything worse than someone who thinks they are the most unique person in the room.
Matt Lynch, In Review Online:
It almost seems like a Phase 4 MCU that has so recently and enthusiastically embraced episodic television is experiencing a bit of mission creep.
Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson:
Love and Thunder is much shorter than it should be, and the time spent on three separate plots results in all three of them being hardly acknowledged.
Time: Stephanie Zacharek
Thor: Love and Thunder is a slew of gags and jokes, promoting itself so loudly as Fun! that it ceases to be a pleasure.
Jake Cole, Slant:
Love and Thunderepitomizes the trap that a lot of modern comic book culture finds itself caught in: demanding to be taken seriously while also constantly making self-deprecating jokes about how ridiculous it is because it's derived from kids' entertainment.
Thor: Love and Thunder will be released in theaters on July 8.