Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be one of the shortest movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Several cinema chains have listed the upcoming fantasy epic as having a running time of 119 minutes, making it the shortest MCU entry since 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which came in at a minute shorter with 118 minutes.
When it lands in cinemas next month, Thor: Love and Thunder will become just the seventh of the 28 entries in the MCU to clock in at under two hours.
Kiwi director Taika Waititi returned to helm the fourth Thor movie after injecting some much-needed energy and his trademark irreverance to the franchise with Thor: Ragnarok.
Everyone’s favourite hirsute Avenger Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will battle Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who as his name suggests, is hell-bent on slaying all deities that he deems unworthy.
Thankfully, the God of Thunder will have some pals to help him defeat Gorr, including Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), rock warrior Korg (Taika Waititi pulling a double shift), and scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). The latter has gained the powers of Thor since her last MCU appearance.
Marvel fans will see Foster’s double life play out, as without the touch of trusty hammer Mjolnir, Jane reverts to her cancer-stricken human self. Each time she uses the powers of Thor to save the world, her body grows weaker.
Waititi recently told Empire how Thor will struggle to process his surprise reunion with ex-girlfriend Jane. ‘It’s been about eight years,’ he explains. ‘She’s had a whole other life, and then the love of your life comes back on the scene, and is now dressed like you. It’s a real mindfuck for Thor.’
Thor: Love and Thunder will hit cinemas worldwide on Thursday July 7.
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