There are a few of them that I do enjoy, though, and I think the very first Thor (2011) film was actually quite good. Unlike some of the others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I just felt that they got the tone right for it -- comic book properties can have a bit of 'camp' in them, and incorporating the world of mythology into the present day can certainly be a source of groans if not done right. That film just had a laid back mentality at times -- much of which was owed, I think, to Chris Hemsworth's characterization in it -- and it rose up (in my mind, at least) to be a project that clearly offered some quality characters along with some great laughs ... something that can be missing from these Mouse House exports, if you ask me.
In any event ...
I haven't been all that thrilled with where they've gone since.
Thor: The Dark World (2013) kinda/sorta felt like the producers wanted to 'grow Thor up' as a character into some deeper chicanery, peeling away some of what made the first outing so memorable in favor of ... well ... a darker meaning. Dare I suggest: sometimes a story is just a story? Why do we feel this pressing need to make things have social or cultural relevance? These are comic books characters, after all, and this one -- in particular -- is pulled from mythology ... so can't we just have a bit of fun like we did in the first outing? By contrast, Thor: Ragnarok (2017) was a return to form -- much closer thematically to the 2011 film -- but for those of us who've read some of the books over the years, we know it really was the much better Planet Hulk storyline repackaged to incorporate Thor ... and I think it would've been better to save that for an actuall Hulk movie.
I guess it's safe to say that Thor fared a bit better (in some ways) with his arc in Avengers. Though he -- ahem -- put on a bit of baggage around the midsection, he certainly took center stage through part of that action (along with his signature hammer); and our worlds were definitely in good hands with his participation. Now he returns to his somewhat standalone franchise, the latest of which is Thor: Love And Thunder, set to premiere on the silver screen in July, 2022 (per IMDB.com). The teaser trailer dropped yesterday, and I thought I'd share it in this space.
For what it's worth, it does 'feel' that the writers are returning him to some of the lighthearted fare, but I'd caution everyone to keep in mind that this is only a trailer. There's very little substance in here about the story and the particular circumstances the God of Thunder might find himself in, and -- as I always caution -- some trailers are fashioned in a way to really 'sell' you on seeing it anyway, making them not a great source of unbiased material. As always, these are best considered "buyer beware" situations, and I caution readers never to make all that much of them.
Trailer is below. You know what to do. And -- if you could -- share the Tweet far and wide? Twitter appears to be messing me over (yet again) with its algorithms, and I'm getting so very, very, very little distribution and impressions. It happens from time-to-time, though SciFiHistory.Net breaks through that imposed 'glass ceiling' every opportunity fans take charge.