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What to Watch Before ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

by Atlanta Business Journal

Today, I only come to you with good news. (Refreshing, right?) You’ll have to wait for later in the week for Esquire’s review, but rest assured, we dug the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, Thor: Love and Thunder. Not only that, but the latest and (arguably!) greatest Thor adventure sports a shockingly low barrier to entry. Meaning, opposed to a bloated MCU outing like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, you can probably get away with buying a ticket for that one family member who doesn’t know what the heck an Infinity Stone is. That said, there are a few Thor-centric superhero outings that can only add to your Love and Thunder experience. In celebration of the God of Thunder’s grand return, here’s what to watch before you see Thor: Love and Thunder.

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If I’m being honest, you can probably get away with leaving Thor back in 2011. Sure, Thor’s grand intro to the MCU gives a sweeping, 101-level guide to Asgard and the batch of heroes and foes usually found in close proximity to Chris Hemsworth’s blonde wig. Here, though, our man is more of a Shakespearean tragic hero—a long shot from the himbo future Thor installments would morph him into. Your call.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

As a Love and Thunder pregame, I rewatched Guardians of the Galaxy, which I haven’t seen since it hit theaters way back in 2014. Don’t worry—it holds up. If you want to fully appreciate the first act of Love and Thunder, which features the galaxy’s mightiest heroes, make sure to catch the team’s origin story first. If you enjoy it, move on to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Somewhere along the way, Marvel figured out that Hemsworth is a funny dude. Thankfully, for all of us, the studio finally decided to let the man cook. From 2016 to 2018, Marvel released a few mockumentary shorts showing what Mr. Odinson does in his free time on Earth. He got a roommate! The shorts will give you a couple laughs, sure. But we might not have Thor: Ragnarok if not for Darryl’s heroic efforts.

Of all the Thor adventures on this list, Thor: Ragnarok is by far the most essential one. Of the thousand-some MCU entries out there, Love and Thunder feels, if anything, the most like a direct sequel to Ragnarok. Plus, it’s an absolute joy. Korg? Loki? Valkyrie? Give Thor’s supporting cast its own Disney+ series, cowards.

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For the full picture of where Thor is at in his thousand-some odd years in life, you need to comb through the final two films in the Infinity Saga. If we’re only talking about Thor’s storyline—which we won’t spoil, just in case—Infinity War picks up where Ragnarok left off. Plus, it features one of the best deliveries of superhero nonsense ever spoken by a Marvel actor, in Hemsworth’s, “Bring… me… Thanos!”

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On your Marvel syllabus, Avengers: Endgame should be highlighted, earmarked, and written in bold. And… you should probably see what Thor is up to Endgame. If you know, you know.

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