Marvel’s God of Thunder is back and not only does he face a new threat but finds a very unlikely ally in his latest outing.

After defeating Thanos, Thor has decided to go on a ride with the Guardians of the Galaxy and together, they have become a force to reckon with. Losing his “dad bod”, Thor is now back in in his prime shape and when he learns his old friend Lady Sif is in danger, he decides to leave the Guardians to save his friend. Upon his arrival, as he fights, he finds his trusty hammer Mjolnir return. However, someone else is now worthy to wield the hammer besides him and the retired Steve Rogers.

The new one worthy is a female warrior who calls herself the Mighty Thor. However, Thor recognizes her and it is his former girlfriend Jane Foster. Battling stage four cancer, Jane has turned to the Viking arts to help her cure herself and has discovered the power of Mjolnir. Along with King Valkyrie, the trio have learned that a menacing force known as Gorr has arrived. After the death of his daughter, Gorr has discovered the Necrosword, a deadly weapon known to kill gods. Gorr is now known as the God Butcher and Thor is next on his list. Can Thor, Mighty Thor, and King Valkyrie be able to stop this new menacing threat?

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, one wondered what happened to Thor when he went with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The opening minutes of this new adventure start off not only with the introduction of our new antagonist, but we also get a glimpse of what happened exactly with Thor and the Guardians. We see Thor get back into the Thor we all know. The whole film is told through a narration by the beloved rock golem Korg, reprised by the film’s director, Taika Waititi.

Chris Hemsworth once again shines as the God of Thunder, combining his physical abilities with some very funny comic relief. This time around, he really isn’t alone and the shocking reaction upon learning Mjolnir is now in the hands of his beloved Jane sends shockwaves like it did in the trailer. Natalie Portman returns after missing out on Ragnarok as Jane Foster, who becomes the newly named “Mighty Thor”, not Lady Thor as one character learns the hard way. Seeing Hemsworth and Portman together again now on and off the battlefield seems like somewhat of a breath of fresh air and has such an emotional edge to things upon learning Jane’s situation.

While Tessa Thompson once again does a great job supporting as King Valkyrie, this film has one of the best performances by one Christian Bale. After a trilogy as Batman, it was a matter of time before Bale would somehow make his way to the MCU. His opening scene as Gorr and why he becomes the God Butcher makes quite an emotional impact. While he is the villain of the film, you can’t help but emphasize about why he is doing what he is doing. Bale looks vicious when he needs to be and is quite one of the best villains in the MCU to date. Russell Crowe makes a memorable cameo as the immortal Greek God Zeus and provides a hilarious scene but also in a mid-credit scene that is quite surprising.

Thor: Love and Thunder is a fun, wild, and emotional adventure for the God of Thunder. Once again, Chris Hemsworth shines and Natalie Portman couldn’t have a more welcome return especially in her new form as Mighty Thor with Christian Bale’s Gorr being one of the best MCU villains yet.

WFG RATING: A

A Marvel Studios production. Director: Taika Waititi. Producers: Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum. Writers: Taika Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson; based on the comic characters created by Stan Lee and Jason Aaron. Cinematography: Barry Baz Idoine. Editing: Peter S. Elliot, Tim Roche, Matthew Schmidt, and Jennifer Vecchiarello.

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (voice), Vin Diesel (voice), Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn.