Excited about the news that Thor 4 is coming? Yep, me too. We’ve got some time to wait, but Taika Waititi is coming back to direct the 4th Thor Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Enjoy your wait with a little homework before it hits theaters on November 5, 2021! Here are 7 movies to watch before Thor 4 – Thor Love and Thunder (including Thor: Ragnarok!) Plus a bonus movie & show for those that really want to get into the Marvel fandom. Affiliate links included.
When it comes to Super Heroes, I do have my faves.
I’m a Marvel girl, no question. Are you a Marvel Fangirl too?
To be clear: I’ve seen all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but I am not a comic book geek.
I can’t say I’ve read a whole lot of those. But when it comes to the movies, I simply cannot get enough!
Marvel’s Thor 4 Signs on Director Taika Waititi
Guys, Taika is back!
News just broke that he’s going to return behind the cameras with another Thor movie. Thor 4 hasn’t officially been announced, but I’m guessing we hear that later this week at San Diego Comic-Con.
This is one of the best things to happen to the MCU- director Taika Waititi is so talented and a great fit for the Thor vehicles. If you haven’t seen his What We Do In The Shadows, be sure to get on board. It’s hilarious!
At San Diego Comic-Con it was announced that Thor 4 is going to be called Thor Love and Thunder.
Hemsworth is back, as is Tessa Thompson. And also: Natalie Portman who is Jane Foster/THOR. That’s right! She’s playing Thor just like the comic book series.
Movies to Watch Before Thor 4: Thor Love and Thunder
Alright, it’s time to start the homework.
I know, you’ve got lots of time before Thor 4 even starts production (hey, we don’t even know the title yet!) but why wait until the last minute?
Here are the Marvel movies in order that you should watch before Thor Love and Thunder.
This seems like common sense, no? Start at the beginning of Thor’s Marvel story.
Here you meet Thor Odinson, the young prince (about to be made the king) of Asgard.
Like many young men with status and talent, he is a bit cocky about, well, everything.
And he soon learns that even a prince of Asgard has limits.
(This is the official trailer and it cleans up, I promise! It doesn’t stay pixelated.)
After defying his father, he’s stripped of his powers and cast out of Asgard and sent to Midgard. We know this as Earth.
The good news: Thor loves Earth and becomes one of our mightiest defenders.
The bad news: he’s just a mortal man and can’t quite defend us from interstellar invaders as he once was able to.
You want to see this one! Download it on Amazon today.
2. The Avengers
Spoiler alert: in the first movie, you meet Thor’s brother, Loki.
You want to like him (because he’s Tom Hiddleston and what’s NOT to like about Tom Hiddleston!?) but… well…
Loki is not the best guy to have in your family tree. Ahem.
He is the featured villain in the next movie on your list: The Avengers.
I gotta say: I LOVE this movie.
I’m currently helping a friend get into the MCU and I just couldn’t wait for her to meet the Avengers.
So many great fight scenes, so many fantastic lines from the character back and forth!
She just watched this last night and the texts are awesome.
“I LOVE COULSON! When’s the Coulson meet and greet at Disney because that needs to happen.”
“The Avengers are pretty bad A**”
“Wait- WHAT?! I HATE LOKI!!!”
Want to know what all that means? Be sure to watch the movie!
3. Thor: The Dark World
This one might be my favorite of the four. I know, that makes me super weird since apparently, the world hated it.
But I loved it. The heart wants what the heart wants, amirite?
After a long absence from Earth, Thor is back and he’s needed because there are some big troubles brewing.
You get Thor saving Earth and you get a healthy dose of Loki. And guys? He’s a villain that I just can’t stop loving!
You can rent or buy Thor: The Dark World here.
4. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Throughout all these movies, pay attention to Thor’s description and discussion of the Infinity Stones. Each stone has a different and extreme power.
But collect them all in one place? Ah, that’s where there’s going to be a problem.
Thor’s basically setting us up to understand what’s coming: the ultimate battle with Thanos over the Infinity Gauntlet (Infinity War comes out in May 2018).
Age of Ultron brings more of the Infinity Stones into focus. If you want a spoiler-free review, check it out over here.
Side note: this movie is where I decided Tony Stark might be getting just a bit too big for his titanium alloy britches!
#TeamCap all the way, y’all!
5. Thor: Ragnarok
You get Taika, you get The Hulk, you get Thor, and guys- you get Jeff Goldblum in this one!
Yeah, I’m one of those. I do love me some Jeff Goldblum!
6. Avengers: Infinity War
You most definitely need to put Avengers: Infinity War on the list of movies to watch before Thor 4.
Thor’s got a big role, and it factors into what happens next when we see him in Avengers: Endgame.
So don’t skip this one!
7. Avengers: Endgame
You just cannot skip this one- and if you hurry, you can watch it in theaters. And I really need this movie to finally beat Avatar at the box office, so I’d consider it a personal favor if you go!
8. Bonus Marvel to Watch Before THOR 4: Thor Love and Thunder
If you want to go for bonus points on your homework, I’d add DOCTOR STRANGE to the list.
He makes a cameo in THOR: RAGNAROK and it could be confusing if you don’t get the reference.
You can also start Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (welcome to level 7!) for fun. And it is SO fun.
You can find it on Netflix or Hulu.
Who’s planning on watching Thor 4 the first weekend it comes out? You know I’ll be there!
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.