‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ to premiere on Disney+ next month on ‘Disney+ Day’

Disney+ revealed that “Thor: Love and Thunder” will be coming to the streaming service on September 8. The announcement is a part of this year’s Disney+ Day — an annual celebration that debuted in 2021 to mark the anniversary of the streaming service’s launch. On Disney+ day, subscribers are rewarded with tons of new content, sneak peeks, as well as exclusive experiences at Disney theme parks.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” will be one of many titles that will premiere on the streamer’s third birthday, along with extra perks for subscribers like culinary experiences, photo opportunities, meet-and-greets, screenings, and more.

If you weren’t able to catch the god of thunder’s latest in theaters, “Thor: Love and Thunder” will be a nice addition to the streaming service.

Viewers will be able to watch the movie in IMAX’s expanded aspect ratio. “Thor: Love and Thunder” is joining the list of various MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies streaming in IMAX Enhanced on Disney+. There are 15 other titles already available in this format, including “Iron Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Doctor Strange,” “Captain Marvel,” “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and more.

Because “Thor: Love and Thunder” premiered on July 8, many predicted the Marvel title would hit the platform as early as August 24. However, Disney has decided to wait until Disney+ Day to launch the film, much like it did with “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” last year.

The movie follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he tries to find inner peace. His journey to self-discovery is interrupted when a galactic killer, Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), is on a mission to eradicate all gods. Thor, along with King Valkryie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalia Portman) — the new goddess of thunder — team up to defeat him.

Other titles heading to Disney+ on September 8 are behind-the-scenes specials “Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return,” as well as Brie Larson’s short film “Remembering,” “Tierra Incógnita,” “Dancing with the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances,” movie-musical sing-alongs for “Frozen” and “Frozen 2,” and a new short from The Simpsons “Welcome to the Club.”

Previously announced titles are “Pinocchio,” “Cars on the Road,” Brie Larson’s docuseries “Growing Up,” and National Geographic’s “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory.”

As part of Disney+ Day, there will be special screenings of Disney titles at select AMC Theatres from September 8 to September 19. These include “Encanto,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Cars,” and “Newsies.” Tickets are $5 per screening and are available for anyone to purchase. The tickets will go on sale on September 1. And if you’re lucky, moviegoers have the chance to receive a free Disney+ poster and special concessions offers.

Disney+ Day will also give extra perks to visitors at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resorts in California, Paris, and Hong Kong.

On September 8, guests that verify that they are a Disney+ subscriber will be able to enter the theme parks a half hour before it opens up to regular visitors. Hong Kong Disneyland will allow guests to enter the park 30 minutes early on September 10.

Guests staying in select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and Disneyland Resort Hotels can enter the theme parks an hour before the regular park opening times.

Other perks include movie screenings for hotel guests, Disney+ character meet-and-greets, a complimentary Disney PhotoPass digital download at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Resort theme parks, a blue-themed dessert for Disneyland Resort visitors, and lots more.

New ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ trailer reveals a new goddess of thunder

Slated to hit theaters on July 8, 2022, “Thor: Love and Thunder” will see the God of Thunder taking some time off and Natalie Portman starring as Doctor Jane Foster, the new Mighty Thor with Mjolnir in hand.

Directed by Taika Waititi, this will be the fourth film in the “Thor” series and will follow after “Avengers: Endgame,” which ended with Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) leaving Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy after his kingdom Asgard collapsed.

As the new member of the group, Hemsworth is joined by Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as the lovable Groot. As seen in the new trailer, Thor will leave the Guardians of the Galaxy to discover his own path.

Disney’s description of the film is,

The film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced—a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who—to Thor’s surprise—inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Others returning include Tessa Thompson (Asgardian King Valkyrie), Sean Gunn (Kraglin), Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster), Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif), and Waititi himself playing rock gladiator Korg. Christian Bale will play Gorr the God Butcher, and Russel Crowe is confirmed to be Zeus.

The trickster god, Loki, will not be played by Tom Hiddleston, as he said earlier in a June 2021 interview. Although he did die in “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse does exist, so he is technically back.

Also confirmed to play the characters Thor, Loki, Odin, and Hela in an in-movie play retelling the story of Asgard will be Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Melissa McCarthy, respectively.

The story of “Love and Thunder” is based on Jason Aaron’s comic book “The Mighty Thor,” which saw Foster, who dated and broke up with Thor, taking over as the Goddess of Thunder after the Mjolnir deemed the Odinson unworthy, taking away his powers. In the comics, whenever she uses the hammer, her breast cancer worsens each time. However, it’s unclear whether the movie will use the same storyline.

Jane Foster was first introduced in the 2011 “Thor” as an astrophysicist and returned in 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World,” becoming Thor’s love interest. Portman reportedly left the series due to being unhappy with the film, in particular, the replacement of the original director Patty Jenkins with Alan Taylor. Waititi apparently convinced the actress to return to the MCU for this new project.

Previously scheduled to release on May 6, the Marvel film was delayed to later in the summer. The new “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is now slated for May 6 instead. Thor’s new date, July 8, used to be when “Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever” would be released but has moved to a later date in the winter. While it’s confusing, these delays and rescheduled dates are nothing new to a Marvel fan, as the pandemic has shifted and delayed many other productions.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” will most likely begin streaming on Disney+ in September. In the meantime, feel free to stream “Moon Knight,” and on June 8, “Ms. Marvel” will hit the platform.

Watch Thanos explain his simple plan in new ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer

The new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here, and it gives us a look at Thanos with a helmet on, and provides some signet into what he hopes to accomplish by invading Earth (kill half the people on it).

Also, there are still a ton of characters in this movie, and it looks like we’ll get some backstory on how Gamora came to be in the dark god’s service, plus some power showdowns between Cap, Thor and James Brolin’s terrifying bad guy.

The movie is in theatres officially starting April 27, with early showings starting April 26. I’m mostly going to see it to figure out how Marvel puts this many scene-stealing characters in a single movie.