Thor Love and Thunder is one of the most anticipated films of the year. It must be said that after the triumph of Thor Ragnarok, the fans were really impatient to find Thor for new solo adventures. The blockbuster was released in French theaters on July 13, but against all expectations, the reception was very mixed from both fans and critics.
The proof on Rotten Tomatoesthe reference site for feature film reviews and annotations, where Thor Love and Thunder is among the lowest-rated films in the MCU.
A “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes
The Wegotthiscovered site reported that Thor Love and Thunder only received a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This is a really low rating for a Marvel movie. The fourth part of Thor indeed ends up behind Thor 2 (The Dark World) which is still the lowest rated feature film of the solo films devoted to the God of Thunder with a score of only 66%.
Since then, Thor Love and Thunder’s rating has gone up 1% on Rotten Tomatoes, but we are still far from the 93% of Thor Ragnarok. Fans are truly appalled, they wish Thor had rocked it all (critical and box office) for what could be his last solo movie.
But why didn’t it work?
On paper, Thor Love and Thunder really has everything of an excellent film: Taika Waititi (who had directed Thor Ragnarok) was in charge, we were entitled to two “Thor” for the price of one, but above all the film promised a really badass villain with Christian Bale in the role… Some then ask themselves the question: why has the blockbuster not met with the same success as its predecessor?
The site Wegotthiscovered argues that it is because the film tried to mix two different arcs of the comics, but without success: on one side we have the story with Mighty Thor and on the other, that with Gorr the Massacre of Gods. The problem is that neither of the two arcs is sufficiently explored for it to be really impactful. Which is a shame, because many fans lamented Gorr’s appearance time in the film, which they felt was far too short. Some found the humor a little too winded, while others regretted Loki’s absence.