Consider Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It helps to recall the 2017 Thor: Ragnarok film.

People immediately rethought their assumptions after watching those two Thor movies.

The Thor franchise opened its eyes to a dark and fusty world in a two-part series containing screams and comic lines.

Despite an odd idiosyncratic fuel mixture, Waititi's Homecoming is back.

For the wheel's treads, replace Cate Blanchett's Hela with Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher.

In Love and Thunder, Bale brings soulful malice where Blanchette brought sneering camp.

Portman and his hammer Mjolnir are all about having fun. It's been a while since she got to goof around with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk.

There is more of what audiences liked about Ragnarok, jokes, and Korg in this title, but it feels familiar, safe, even rote.

A Marvel Universe fixture appears as both an abstract concept and an actual character.