The release date for Thor: Love and Thunder is fast approaching and there’s still no teaser or trailer – so when will it finally arrive?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its expansion, and as it prepares for the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans are also waiting for the first look at Thor: Love and Thunder – but when will the first trailer arrive? The MCU is currently in its highly-anticipated Phase 4, which is covering both movies and TV shows, and in addition to introducing new characters, events, and concepts, it’s continuing the stories of already established heroes, as is the case of Thor, who’s coming back with a fourth solo adventure.
Thor made his MCU debut in 2011 in the movie simply titled Thor, and after that, he joined the Avengers. His second solo movie, Thor: The Dark World, is considered one of the worst MCU movies and showed no development for the character, which continued in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The God of Thunder went through much-needed changes in Thor: Ragnarok, giving him a bigger personality and a sense of humor, which granted him one more solo adventure, making him the only Avenger to get four solo movies. Thor will return in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will also see the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander), and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who is set to become the Mighty Thor.
Like many other movies during the coronavirus pandemic, and especially Marvel movies, Thor: Love and Thunder has been delayed a couple of times, with its original release date being November 2021. Thor 4 is now set for a July 8, 2022 release, so fans are currently waiting for the first teaser to drop. The marketing campaign for Thor: Love and Thunder has officially begun with the reveal of Lego sets and Hasbro figures in February 2022, which only makes the anticipation for a trailer grow. Marvel tends to release its teasers five months before the release of its movies, though in the case of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the first trailer arrived almost four months before its release. Now, with only three months away from Thor: Love and Thunder’s release date, the first teaser/trailer will most likely arrive at the end of March 2022.
At this point, it seems unlikely Marvel will delay Thor: Love and Thunder again, and even though reshoots were confirmed to happen in March, that shouldn’t be an impediment for a teaser release – after all, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still doing reshoots, and two trailers have already been released. Plot details about Thor: Love and Thunder have also been kept under wraps for months, but it’s known that Jane will become Mighty Thor, Russell Crowe will cameo as Zeus, and Christian Bale will play villain Gorr the God Butcher. The lack of plot details has only made the anticipation for the trailer grow, and even more after all the fan theories that have popped up regarding Jane’s story, Thor’s fate, and how Gorr’s story will fit in this already established universe.
The marketing strategy for Thor: Love and Thunder has been unlike any other Marvel movie, and while the window between the first teaser/trailer and the release date has fluctuated with the MCU’s most recent projects, Thor 4 is still a special case. Supposing that Marvel won’t delay the movie any further, the first teaser or trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder should arrive before the end of March or on the first days of April, though by now it also risks overlapping with the promo campaign for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is scheduled for a May 6 release.