Get Ready for 'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Posted on 7/5/2022

What do you need to know before the new Thor film arrives in theaters? Here's a little history and some recommended reading!

We’re just a few days away from the fourth installment of the Thor films, “Love and Thunder,” arriving in theaters on July 8. If you’ve never seen a Thor movie before, there are a few things you need to know before sitting down with your popcorn.

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First, watch a few Marvel movies to get up to speed. There are nearly two dozen films, but you can skip several and knock this out if you just watch (in this order): “Thor,” “The Avengers,” “Thor: Dark World,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Avengers: Infinity War” and “The Avengers: Endgame.”

Now, go stretch those legs and take a walk to the comic book shop. Thor has existed since the 1960s in comics and there are decades of comic book stories to dig through if you want to fully understand what’s happening, or where it all might lead in the future.

And if you’re a comic book collector looking to score future key issues, these might be a good place to start. For more recommended reading, consult your local Asgardian.

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WARNING: We have not yet seen "Thor: Love and Thunder" and what follows is a list of potential keys based on movie trailers, reports, speculation and rumor. Possible spoilers could be ahead, so if you’re worried about that, turn back now.

Otherwise, keep reading to find out the Top 10 Thor keys you might want to load up on before the movie hits theaters on July 8!

Top 10 Thor Keys

Journey into Mystery #83

The first appearance of Thor, who appears in the film portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.

What if? #10

The first appearance of Jane Foster as Thor in an out-of-continuity, imaginary story. Jane becomes Thor in “Love and Thunder,” played by Natalie Portman.

Journey into Mystery Annual #1

The first appearance of Zeus, who appears in “Love and Thunder” played by Russell Crowe. Hercules also first appeared in this issue, and it remains to be seen whether or not he joins the MCU in this film.

Thor #378

The first appearance of new Thor armor that looks similar to his new armor in “Love and Thunder.”

Thor Annual #5

The first appearance of giant goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, who appear pulling Thor’s chariot in “Love and Thunder.”

Thor #2

The first full appearance of Jane Foster as Thor in continuity. She appeared in cameo three times before this appearance, including the previous issue, Thor #1.

Thor #4

The first meeting of Thor Odinson and Jane as Thor, although it's not revealed to be Jane until Thor #8.

Thor #12

Jane Foster reveals she has cancer, which is rumored to also be a part of the story in “Love and Thunder.”

Spawn #9

The first appearance of Angela in Image Comics. The character was later acquired by Marvel and is rumored to appear in “Love and Thunder.” She first appeared in Marvel Comics in Age of Ultron #10 (cameo) and Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (full appearance).

Thor: God of Thunder #2

The first appearance of Gorr the God Butcher, played in “Love and Thunder” by Christian Bale.

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