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New Thor: Love and Thunder Trailer Has the Avenger Channel Jean Claude Van Damme

Thor: Love and Thunder’s final trailer highlights the new team and shows Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder doing a classic 80s and 90s stunt.

Thor: Love and Thunder just released its final trailer, highlighting the Thunder God’s new team while leaning into its 80s and 90s nostalgia with Chris Hemsworth performing a classic stunt from the era.

In the final trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder before the film’s release on July 8, the former Avenger introduces his new team, including Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, the Guardians of the Galaxy and a newly acquired pair of giant goats. One of the most notable moments in the trailer comes when Thor performs a classic stunt from the films of Jean Claude Van Damme — namely, the martial artist’s infamous “Van Damme Splits.” The moment comes as Thor pushes back two vehicles with his feet. The trailer and the screenshot can be seen below.

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Director Taika Waititi’s first film in the series, Thor: Ragnarok, featured several nods to classic 80s films, and the upcoming movie appears to be no different. The retro posters and logo for Thor: Love and Thunder take clear inspiration from 80s metal, and the trailers have showcased several references to films from the 80s and 90s between the soundtrack and moments like Hemsworth’s impressive splits.

The fun and sometimes outlandish qualities of Waititi’s films convinced Hemsworth to continue the role after he found himself bored with the character following 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. “I said ‘I’m really bored of Thor,'” the actor said. “And [Waititi] said, ‘Yeah I’m really bored of Thor, too.’ And then we decided not to be bored and any time that feeling came into play, we’d go in a different direction.” Waititi’s involvement was key to Hemsworth’s agreeing to Thor: Love and Thunder. “I don’t know that I would’ve done another if Taika hadn’t said yes, he was going to do it,” he said. “And he had written this beautiful script which was a wacky, crazy, romantic comedy set in space and that I hadn’t seen before.”

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While this could potentially mark Hemsworth’s last foray as the God of Thunder, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige thinks there could be many more Thor stories in the future. “I know this: there are many, many other Thor stories in the comics that we talk about a lot,” he said. “And as we watch Chris Hemsworth continue to grow and evolve as a major acting talent, I would be excited to see how he keeps evolving this complex character.”

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters on July 8.

Source: YouTube

Julia Anderson is the Lead Gaming News Editor for CBR. She is a life-long gamer and bookworm, spending most of her childhood either glued to a novel or the computer. As a teen, she found herself deeply embedded in the fanfiction community and discovered her talent for writing and editing. Since then, she’s run her own freelance writing and editing business, Anderson Wordsmith. When she isn’t reading or playing D&D, RPGs, or stealth-based games, Julia is usually found imitating old age: drinking herbal tea in her favorite chair, crocheting, and watching a Shakespeare or Jane Austen adaptation with her faithful dog, Ben.

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