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What to Watch Before Thor Love and Thunder Releases

With Thor: Love and Thunder coming to the theaters soon, we look at a few movies you can watch to relive the superhero’s journey in the Marvel universe.
What to Watch Before Thor Love and Thunder Releases
Thor is one of the most popular Marvel superheroes, and the admiration for his movie sequels tells the same story. Thor: Love and Thunder will be the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and a direct sequel to Thor Ragnarok, released back in 2017.

The latest sequel sees Thor seek peace and a purpose in his life. He drops his arms but gets challenged by Gorr, the God Butcher. The plot spices up with a Mjolnir-wielding Jane Foster looking to take the God of Thunder title and Valkyrie searching for someone to rule the New Asgard by her side.

This is the best time to go through a few Marvel movies before Thor: Love and Thunder releases on the 7th of July. Here are some of our favorites.

Thor (2011)

The first movie on Thor.
The first movie on Thor. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

The 2011 American superhero film introduced Thor to Marvel fans. Played by Chris Hemsworth, the first film describes the origin and history of Thor. It has a lot of background stories about Asgard and Thor’s family.

Being the first movie of the series, it will prove to be a good starting point for anyone looking to learn about Thor as a character. For re-watchers, it will probably refresh their memory before they get ready for the new movie. Overall, a great movie to get into Thor’s world.

The Avengers (2012)

All superheroes gather in the first Avengers movie
All superheroes gather in the first Avengers movie. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

The first Avengers movie has a lot of stories linked to Thor. In fact, the movie’s main antagonist, Loki, is part of Thor’s main story.

The story describes Thor as earth’s guardian standing between Loki’s extra terrestrial army and the human civilization. The plot has Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye as other superhero characters fighting alongside Thor.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron was a great segway to the finale of Avengers
Avengers: Age of Ultron was a great segway to the finale of Avengers. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

Released in 2015, the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie doesn’t involve Thor directly in the plot. However, with the growing scare of Infinity Stones, Thor decides to track the Infinity Gauntlet and senses Thanos’ plan earlier than the other members.

The movie also brings in Vision with the Mind Stone, which opens up the plot for the Infinity War sequel.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The Dark World was the least popular Thor sequel.
The Dark World was the least popular Thor sequel. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

Thor: The Dark World might not be a popular part of Thor’s movie lineup, but it offers an essential piece of Thor’s story. The movie reveals Thor’s love interest Jane Foster and his alliance with Loki to defend the Nine Realms against the Dark Elves. Jane also falls host to the power of “Aether,” which turns out to be the Reality Stone.

This is one of the few reasons Thor went in search of the Infinity Stones.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok added a unique touch to Thor’s storyline.
Thor: Ragnarok added a unique touch to Thor’s storyline. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

Thor: Ragnarok delves deep into the protagonist's character and explores his storyline even further. The fan-favorite Ragnarok is a funny yet extremely important piece of Thor's puzzle.

It sees Thor unite with his brother once again. Fans also witness Thor losing his hammer and getting stranded on the planet of Sakaar. It brings in a connection to Guardians of the Galaxy and our very own Hulk from The Avengers.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The fight against Thanos starts in Infinity War.
The fight against Thanos starts in Infinity War. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

It's not surprising how Thor's story is linked heavily to the Avengers: Infinity War. There are clips and hints throughout the movies which indicate how everything will come together for a showdown.

While Thor has his own revenge to take against Thanos, he also fights against him to defend everyone else from the obvious threat. We see Guardians of the Galaxy coming together with Thor for a huge-scale war against Thanos.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The final showdown from The Avengers.
The final showdown from The Avengers. (Picture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Fandom)

Thor's entire journey to search for Infinity Stones comes to a final chapter in the Avengers: Endgame movie. We get to see a different side of Thor with a big fat belly and depressed personality.

The sequel continues the story from Infinity War to challenge Thanos once again in the last-ditch effort to save everyone. Endgame is the final movie you would want to see before going to Thor: Love and Thunder in the theaters.

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