Thor: Love & Thunder’s Biggest Plot Holes & Headscratchers

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Love & Thunder.

Thor: Love and Thunder has quite a few plot holes and head-scratchers throughout its runtime and plot. Phase 4 has seen the MCU grow at a prodigious rate, introducing a wide range of new superheroes who operate at vastly different power levels to the original Avengers. No doubt the events of Avengers: Infinity War would have played out very differently if the Eternals had joined the battle against Thanos at that early stage, while America Chavez could have spirited away an Infinity Stone to somewhere Thanos would never find it.

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But not all the original Avengers are gone. Thor: Love and Thunder features the Odinson's much-anticipated return, initially alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy - but it doesn't take him long to ditch the Guardians, and instead begin focusing on a mission of his own. Gorr the God-Butcher is rampaging across the stars slaughtering every god he meets, and Thor attempts to assemble a God Squad to beat him. The laughs come thick and fast in the latest MCU blockbuster, as Thor rushes across the cosmos and ultimately finds himself face-to-face with Eternity, a cosmic avatar who represents the universe itself.

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The introduction of Eternity means this is the grandest entry in the MCU to date, dwarfing even Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Unfortunately the cosmic scale - including the introduction of a villain who makes Thanos look weak - means it raises a lot of awkward, uncomfortable questions about the MCU as a whole. Here are all the plot holes and head-scratchers from Thor: Love and Thunder.

Thor: Love & Thunder Creates Another Way To Put Thanos' Snap Right

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The biggest problem is that Thor: Love and Thunder unwittingly creates another way Thanos' snap in Avengers: Infinity War could have been reversed. Thor knew there were legends of a being called Eternity who could be found by heading to the very heart of the universe, and who would grant one wish to the first person to find him. His decision to arm himself with Stormbreaker, a weapon so powerful it can summon the Bifrost, means he could have sought out Eternity at any time and simply wished for the snap to be undone. The issue is even more pronounced given Doctor Strange viewed 14 million futures, and claimed the one in which the Avengers used time travel to put matters right was the only one in which Thanos was defeated. It seems there was no timeline in which Thor - or, indeed, any other Asgardian or divine being - thought of Eternity.

Why Didn't Thanos Seek Out Eternity In The First Place?

Eternity's existence doesn't exactly seem to be a closely-guarded secret in Thor: Love and Thunder. That makes it rather odd Thanos spent years seeking out the various Infinity Stones, rather than trying to find Eternity. Perhaps he did give it a shot at one point, but simply wasn't successful, failing to realize he needed the Bifrost. Alternatively, it may be that only the gods know the legend of Eternity, and they've kept the rest of the universe from hearing it.

Why Does Gorr Need The Necrosword To Kill A God In Thor: Love & Thunder?

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Christian Bale's Gorr the God-Butcher is a truly terrifying foe, armed with the Necrosword - an ancient weapon that can be used to slay even gods. While Thor: Love and Thunder certainly presents the Necrosword as a powerful weapon, it's unclear why it's being able to kill a god is such a big deal. Viewers have already seen a lot of gods die in the main MCU timeline, especially in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, while Marvel's What If...? has revealed lots of other weapons that can kill a god. Dialogue suggests the Necrosword has existed since the dawn of time, so it's possible it was simply the first - and most legendary - weapon to be wielded by a mortal against a god.

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Did The Necrosword Transform Gorr Into A God In Thor: Love & Thunder?

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Thor: Love and Thunder subtly hints the Necrosword has essentially transformed Gorr the God-Butcher into a true god. The film deliberately parallels the Necrosword with Thor's weapons; the Necrosword has chosen Gorr, just as Mjolnir has chosen Jane Foster, and there's even a very familiar sound effect at one point when Gorr summons the Necrosword. Jane's passing into Valhalla points to a form of apotheosis, where a person transcends their humanity and becomes a divine being - raising the possibility the same has happened with Gorr as well. This idea is lifted from the comics, where Gorr's resurrected family believed in him with such reverent faith he was transformed into a god. Gorr, of course, was horrified when he realized what had happened. If the idea is present in Thor: Love and Thunder, then it really isn't developed.

How Did Gorr Know He Needed The Bifrost In Thor: Love & Thunder?

Heimdall standing guard at the Bifrost.

The Asgardians' Bifrost is the key to Gorr's plans, the only way to get to Eternity. This comes as something of a surprise to Thor, but it was central to Gorr's plans - the very reason he kidnapped the Asgardian children in the first place, to coax Thor into entering the Shadow Dimension. It's rather amusing to see the Bifrost become key to both Taika Waititi's Thor films - Hela was only contained on Asgard because Heimdall stole the key to the Bifrost in Thor: Ragnarok - but this time it's a little stranger. For one thing, it's unclear how Gorr learned the Bifrost was so important.

Thor: Love & Thunder Makes The Asgardians Strangely Important To The Gods

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So far, the gods of Asgard appear to be the only ones who have ever mastered the Bifrost - explaining why Gorr had to seek them out. This is rather odd, suggesting the Asgardians were the first among the gods - at least until they were wiped out. That would make Thor's adoration of Zeus feel decidedly strange. however. Alternatively, it's possible all the pantheons hiding away on Omnipotence City possessed their own version of the Bifrost, meaning the Asgardians settling on Earth were the last ones vulnerable to Gorr.

Why Hasn't Thor Ever Empowered Others Before In The MCU?

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Thor: Love & Thunder sees the Odinson demonstrate a power he's never shown before - the ability to share his powers with others. This proves essential during the film's final act, but it's rather odd he's never used it before - it could have been very useful indeed during the final battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, for example. It's possible this is actually an indicator of Thor's character arc through the MCU, with Thor learning what it means to be worthy - but still not learning the humility needed to grant others his power. Unfortunately, if this is indeed a sign of his growth, it's not signposted.

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Thor: Love & Thunder's Erik Selvig Cameo Makes No Sense

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Jane Foster's arc in Thor: Love & Thunder is unfortunately filled with some specific plot holes. The first of these is the curious fact Jane has sent her blood samples to be checked by an astrophysicist, her friend and colleague Dr. Erik Selvig. Thor: Love and Thunder seems to take a common comic book approach, with a scientist being an expert in practically every field rather than a specialist. Still, this is a rather striking example.

Why Didn't Holding Mjolnir Give Captain America A New Costume Too?

Captain America wielding Thor's Hammer Mjolnir in Avengers Endgame

Jane isn't the first of Thor's allies to wield Mjolnir, of course; Captain America proved himself worthy in Avengers: Endgame, in the memorable sequence where he used the enchanted hammer against Thanos. Curiously, though, in Steve Rogers' case, the hammer didn't give him a costume makeover as it did with Jane. It's possible this is individualized magic, with the hammer transforming Jane into her own subconscious image of a true hero - while Captain America was entirely comfortable considering himself a superhero in the first place.

What Does It Mean To Be "Worthy" In Thor: Love & Thunder?

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Thor: Love and Thunder ducks a major question from the comics; what does it mean to be worthy? In the comics, Jane's cancer was the reason she was worthy; the effects of her chemotherapy were reversed every time she transformed into Thor, and yet she continued regardless, confident the universe needed a Thor. In the MCU, however, the Mighty Thor doesn't seem to be worthy at all. Rather, according to one flashback, Thor made Mjolnir promise to protect her, and the enchanted hammer took this instruction seriously when it sensed Jane was in distress. Jane is worthy because Thor considered her to be, an unfortunate explanation that removes her sense of agency.

Why Does Thor's Daughter Have Powers, And What Are They?

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The titular "Love" in Thor: Love and Thunder is actually Gorr's daughter Love, resurrected by the magic of Eternity at the end of the film. Thor essentially adopts Love as his own daughter, becoming the one god who has proved faithful to his promises to Gorr. The final scenes reveal Love possesses powers, presumably because Love was reborn by Eternity, meaning she is no ordinary mortal. These powers are never explained.

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How Did Jane Foster Get To Valhalla In Thor: Love & Thunder's Post-Credits Scene?

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The Thor: Love and Thunder post-credits reveal Jane Foster has somehow passed into the afterlife dimension of Valhalla, which Thor earlier claimed was reserved only for Asgardians. The most likely explanation is that her experiences with Mjolnir have served as a form of apotheosis, a religious term loosely describing the transformation of a person into a divine being as they transcend their humanity. Hopefully this will eventually be explained by the MCU, because there's no way Marvel won't want to build on the introduction of Valhalla.

Thor: Love & Thunder Raises Questions About Odin & The Asgardian Dead

Thor and Loki during Odin's death in Thor Ragnarok.

Odin's death in Thor: Ragnarok was accompanied by the same flare of light as Jane Foster's, suggesting he too has passed into Valhalla. That's rather odd, however, given Thor explicitly noted only Asgardians who die in battle pass on to Ragnarok. Meanwhile, it's not clear why Odin got such a spectacular death when other Asgardians killed in Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War didn't. Again, hopefully Marvel will eventually provide some clarity on this point.

If Valhalla Is Real... What Are The MCU's Valkyries?

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The introduction of Valhalla raises some curious questions about the Valkyries as well. In Norse mythology, the shield-maidens of Odin are responsible for ferrying the souls of the dead to Valhalla. Clearly that's not the case in the MCU, given there's only been one Valkyrie for millennia, but it may well be this is how Jane Foster returns - becoming the first of Odin's new Valkyries, based in Valhalla. Still, it would be useful for Marvel to clear up the MCU's mythology a little.

Valkyrie's Flying Horse Remains An MCU Mystery

Valkyrie mysteriously regained her Pegasus in Avengers: Endgame, and it's never been really explained how she did so. Thor: Love and Thunder revealed this is what the Odinson called a "portal horse," and the creature came in useful in the third act, but its origin remains unknown. It's possible the creature survived Hela's rampage millennia ago, and sought out Valkyrie after she left Sakaar, a realm where time and space was tangled and thus it may not have been able to sense her presence.

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Thor: Love & Thunder Leaves A Mystery About Korg's Background

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Korg's rambling dialogue includes his discussion how he was conceived by his two dads - an idea lifted straight from the comics. Oddly, this contradicts his comments in Thor: Ragnarok, where Korg talked about trying to start a revolution among his own people and failing to print enough pamphlets. "Hardly anyone turned up," Korg explained, "except for my mom and her boyfriend, who I hate."

Where Does Thor: Love & Thunder Fit Into The MCU Timeline?

Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor

It's difficult to figure out Thor: Love and Thunder's place in the MCU timeline, but there are some subtle hints - most notably one of Jane Foster's blood tests, with is dated 4/30, meaning the film takes place in May of one year. According to Thor, he and Jane Foster have been split up for "eight years, seven months, six days." Thor began to leave Earth on quests at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron (set in summer 2015), but had vanished from the planet by Captain America: Civil War (March-April 2016). The only May that fits with the right window, then, is May 2024 - ironically meaning Thor: Love and Thunder takes place before Spider-Man: Far From Home. Still, it explains why Spider-Man thought Thor might be around for Nick Fury to call upon, given he'd been seen on Earth recently.

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