Early Thor: Love and Thunder Reactions Celebrate Taika Waititi’s MCU Return

Taika Waititi had no problem staying busy after Thor: Ragnarok hit theaters in 2017. Since then, he’s visited the Star Wars universe, helped develop several acclaimed TV shows, and even won an Oscar for his work on 2019’s Jojo Rabbit. So naturally, fans are excited to see him return to the MCU with Thor: Love and Thunder. Waititi hasn’t shied away from expressing his confidence in the long-awaited sequel. Now, it’s time to see if that confidence paid off. Love and Thunder reactions

Last night, Love and Thunder had its world premiere in Hollywood, and several critics have begun sharing their first impressions of the film online. Overall, it sounds like bringing Waititi back for a second round of Asgardian mayhem was the right move, because the sequel is already being hailed as one of Marvel’s best. Check out a few highlights below.

Many of the reactions cite Waititi’s unique vision as the lynchpin to the film’s success. Luckily, it doesn’t seem as if Marvel forced him to make any compromises along the way. Because according to critics like Gizmodo’s Germain Lussier and /Film’s Hoai-Tran Bui, Love and Thunder proudly flies the director’s freak flag in the best way possible.

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Other reviews had nothing but kind words to say about the main cast, specifically Natalie Portman and Christian Bale as Jane Foster and Gorr the God Butcher, respectively. Critics are applauding Portman’s transformation into the Mighty Thor, especially when she gets to share the screen with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. But Bale (in his MCU debut) steals the show as the film’s primary villain, turning in a performance that’s both “campy and creepy.”

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The general tone of the film is earning top marks as well. As with his other projects, Waititi successfully mixes lots of heart with his signature brand of humor, and that’s to say nothing of the action scenes. According to Inverse’s Jacob Kleinman, we can also expect some of the most dazzling VFX shots that Marvel has ever produced.

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Of course, Kleinman wasn’t the only one who compared the film unfavorably to Waititi’s last Marvel outing. Although most critics are praising the director’s offbeat style, others found it a bit too indulgent this time around, arguing that the jokes don’t land as well as they did in Ragnarok. Regardless, the cast finds a way to make up for this.

Thor: Love and Thunder opens on July 8.

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