It seems a long time since Thor: Love and Thunder arrived in cinemas to a less-than-spectacular reception. As one of the lowest-rated MCU movies, the return of Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder was less of a perfect storm and more of a wet weekend. However, Hemsworth certainly put in the hours to get in shape as Thor, and his on-screen alter-ego also had his own mighty workout in order to “go from dad bod to god bod.” Now Hemsworth has shared some previously unseen footage from his workout scenes, which include some very interesting moves.
While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently blowing away the box office, it seemed like Hemsworth felt it was a good time to remind everyone of what we witnessed in the summer, even if some MCU fans would probably not be too quick to want to go back and revisit the movie. However, the footage shared by Hemsworth is possibly as good as anything that made it in to the final cut of the film, and while some variation of it was included in the training montage, seeing Thor flexing his muscles to get back in shape has a certain value to it in any form.
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Thor: Love and Thunder was certainly not the big hitting movie that everyone anticipated considering it put together Hemsworth with director Taika Waititi and was expected to hit the same highs as Thor: Ragnarok, which is seen as one of the best in the MCU. Instead, the film was a mishmash of jokes, an underused villain in Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, a turn by Russell Crowe as Zeus which seemed to only serve as a setup for the introduction of Hercules, and the return of Natalie Portman, which turned out to be one of the best parts of the sequel.
Natalie Portman Brought The Thunder to The MCU
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The return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster was one of the biggest moments of Thor: Love and Thunder. While it was not simply Jane who appeared in the movie, but after an encounter with Mjolnir she transformed into the Mighty Thor, which meant that Portman has to undergo some excessive training herself to get in shape for the part. At the time she said of her return:
“It was really fun. I worked with a trainer, Naomi Pendergast, for, I think it was, four months before shooting, and then obviously all the way through filming. We did a lot of weight training and a lot of protein shakes—heavyweight training that I haven’t ever done before. Of course, I’ve never really aimed to get bulky. It was very physical, so it was a lot of both agility work and also strength work.” She added later in the same interview, “It definitely helps you get into character, and it’s definitely changed the way I move. You walk differently; you feel different. I mean, it’s so wild to feel strong for the first time in my life.”
What exactly the future holds for Thor is yet to be revealed, but with Thor 5 already on the cards, many will be hoping that his next outing manages to recapture some of the Thor: Ragnarok magic, and doesn’t lead to the God of Thunder going out with a whimper rather than a bang.