1. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Where to even start with this absolute train wreck?
There I was - super excited for a new action-packed, cosmic adventure featuring Thor. I grabbed my popcorn, settled into my seat, and braced myself for an epic ride through the MCU. And then... well.
The first hour and 15 minutes are complete trash, which is absolutely depressing. We've got a story that feels like it was written during a wild brainstorming session where no idea was too outlandish. "Let's bring back Jane as the Mighty Thor!" "How about a villain who's basically a sad goth with a magic sword?" "Don't forget the screaming goats!" It's like they threw everything at the wall to see what would stick, but instead of a cool collage, we ended up with a messy splat. The plot initially sounds tense and scary - "a God Butcher has come forth and wants to kill all the gods because his god had forsaken him and his people while they all worshipped him as they died! This is serious!"
Then, enter Taika Waititi, and anything good in this plot idea literally flies out of the window.
The humor. The humor. The MCU is known for its witty banter, but Love and Thunder cranks it up to a level where the jokes feel forced. It blurs the line between what's actually funny to a mature audience and turns into a pre-pubescent giggle fest. It's like that one friend who tries too hard to be funny and just ends up being annoying. Every moment that could have been heartfelt or serious is undercut with a joke or a gag.
By the time you get to the climax, you're not sure if you should be on the edge of your seat or just rolling your eyes. The whole bit involving Zeus and the rest of the Pantheon was unnecessarily dragged on, with so many inappropriate jokes including ones about orgies. Kids watch these movies, they love Thor! How do we parents explain this stuff to our children? And the "you flicked too hard" part was also so not needed.
The remaining 46 minutes and 12 seconds are what I like to consider the real movie to be. Christian Bale is INCREDIBLE as Gorr the God Butcher and is, quite frankly, the saving grace of this entire movie. His performance deserved a much better introduction. He played the perfect villain for an actual Thor movie, not whatever this was. Such a waste. I really hope Taika Waititi doesn't direct another MCU movie again, not after the butchering of this Thor movie.
TL;DR - Thor: Love and Thunder was a ride that promised cosmic thrills but delivered cosmic shrills. It's my personal least favorite in the MCU lineup, and it makes me angry the more I talk about it.
This list goes to show you that even the biggest of Marvel fans like myself can admit that the MCU is far from perfect. It's our little mess of heroes, anti-heroes, and villains, but it's our mess. Except for when it comes to the seven movies listed above - those are up for adoption.