Of all makeovers that Marvel’s cinematic superheroes have gotten, no one has been more dramatic – or funny – than Thors. After transforming from an average godfather in the 2011s Thor to a gloomy hammer swing in the 2013s Thor: The Dark Worldhe got a new attitude in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. In the hands of director Taika Waititis, the mighty god of thunder not only got a fresh new haircut, he also got to be the Avengers’ fun friend from work. He took a slightly sad turn in Avengers: Endgame (do you remember Lebowski Thor?), but with Thor: Love and Thunder, he is back – and again in the loving embrace of Waititis.
Waititi is not the only one returning to Love and Thunder. It also features Natalie Portman repeating her role as Jane Foster, who – in a move inspired by Jason Aaron’s fans’ favorite comic book story – becomes the new Thor. And that’s not the only Aaron influence in the film. Christian Bale’s bad guy Gorr the God Butcher also comes from the author’s work. Have we piqued your interest? Want to know what other comics may be relevant for this week’s release of Love and Thunder? Start reading here.
Thor: The God of Thunder # 1-12 (2012-2013)
An epic dive into a god’s lifetime told over three time periods, Jason Aaron’s first Thor story was an incredibly bold debut. Not only does it introduce the threat from the seemingly unstoppable Gorr, it also shows that Thor is growing into the person he never thought he could be. (Side note: There may be some father issues at stake here.) You come for the emotional and violent melodrama, but you will probably be for the delicious artwork by Esad Ribic and Matt Wilson, which is beautiful in a way few superhero comics become be.
Thor # 1-8 (2014); Mighty Thor # 1-5, 8-11, 13-14 (2015-2016)
What happens when Odin’s son stops being worthy of the enchanted hammer Mjolnir? Apparently the hammer goes out and finds a new owner for itself, resulting in the creation of a new Thor, as unlikely as it may seem. Aaron’s clever, fun restart brought in an army of new fans, enthralled by both the mysterious new thunder god – her true identity was a secret, which was an essential part of the fun at the time – and newcomer Russell Dauterman’s wonderful art. . No one suspected the tragedy at the heart of the narrative, but when it was first revealed, it only added more gripping.
Valkyrie: Jane Foster # 1-10 (2019-2020)
The price of being a Thor is heavy. But even after Jane Foster found out how hard it could be, Marvel was not done with her. In this race, she finds herself in a position even less likely than the goddess of thunder: the ferry woman to the dead. With murderous supervillains at large – say hello, Daredevil villain Bullseye – and some familiar and unfamiliar faces ready to help, a lot is happening to Jane at a time when she might have expected a good rest (in peace)) .
Guardians of the Galaxy # 1-18 (2020-2021)
Although the version of the team that appears in the latest cartoon incarnation of the franchise is not exactly the same as director James Gunn has made a household name, this version of the Guardians is without a doubt the best seen for years. It encompasses the many genres and influences present in the concept’s DNA and science fiction superheroes in general. Also keep an eye on the new members of the team / teams in this particular lineup. Not only a few are likely to become your new favorite characters, but at least one of them should be aware of for reasons that will become apparent at the end of Love and Thunder.
The Mighty Thor # 126, 221, 356 (1966, 1974, 1985)
What makes these three different numbers – released more or less a decade apart – a good trifecta to revisit in the wake of Love and Thunder? The presence of another god, who does not come from Asgård, and who at first does not even enjoy Thor’s company: Hercules, son of Zeus (Russell Crowe in Love and Thunder). He is an excellent foil for Odin’s favorite offspring, in part because they share so many traits: arrogance, stubbornness and a love of sleeveless outfits. You really should get to know Hercules. After watching the movie, you have a good idea why.