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'Thor: Love and Thunder' trailer shows off Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher

May 23 (UPI) -- Marvel released a new trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder on Monday during Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, giving fans a first look at Christian Bale as the film's main villain, Gorr the God Butcher.

The teaser also gave viewers a first glimpse of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster wielding Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. It will be the character's first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2013's Thor: The Dark World.

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In addition, the new footage includes a view of Olympus, where fans see Zeus -- portrayed by Russell Crowe -- addressing a raucous crowd, Valkyrie fighting Gorr with a thunderbolt in her hand, and Thor wielding Stormbreaker, the powerful and enchanted axe with a handle made from Groot's arm.

The Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Love and Thunder is the sequel to 2017's Thor: Ragnarok and marks Thor's return to the MCU after Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular hero, the movie also features Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Waititi as Korg.

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The film's script is written by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and Waititi. The movie is produced by Kevin Feige, with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Todd Hallowell as executive producers.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set for a July 8 theatrical release.

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