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Thunder Force Trailer: This Is 40?

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BY March 24, 2022

Over a year after we first reported on the female-led superhero movie Thunder Force on Netflix, it’s finally arriving. The streamer dropped the Thunder Force trailer this past week, giving us our first proper look at the new action comedy.  Whether this is a new franchise for Netflix or just a one-off send-up of the superhero genre remains to be seen. Still, this movie is atypical if only because of the characters they’ve put at the center of their story. We’re not getting a coming-of-age tale about pretty young people with problems (the CW exists for that), but rather a story about two middle-aged friends.

What Is Thunder Force?

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At its heart, Thunder Force involves a classic superhero story trope. The methodology behind these stories–radioactive spider, ancient wizard, super serum, etc.–has always varied. The result, though, is the same. An ordinary person becomes extraordinary.

Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) and her childhood friend Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer) live in a strange world. To be exact, supervillains plague their world. Superheroes, on the other hand, are less common. However, scientist Stanton is working on changing that.

Left alone, she’d probably do it the boring scientific method way. You know, control groups and hypotheses–SNOOZE. One day, though, Lydia drops by, and bumbles her way into the experiment. That’s a nice way of saying that she accidentally takes a full dose of superhero…syrup? Juice? Sure, we’ll go with those. Anyway, after that, she’s a bonafide superhero. At that point, Emily practically has no choice but to join her.

See Them In Action In The Thunder Force Trailer

We see this play out in the trailer. While we don’t get a lot of background, it’s clear that Emily and Lydia have not been friends for some time. Emily is a successful scientist, with a Stark Industries-type headquarters. Lydia…is more rumpled. After she accidentally turns herself into a superhero, she and Emily join (thunder) forces.

At first, it seems fun. They dispatch petty criminals with ease. But like I said, supervillains are a-plenty in this burg. Bobby Cannavale (as The King) and Pom Klementieff are two that we see. We also see The Crab, but I’m not going to spoil the surprise by naming the cast member. You can find out in the trailer.

Thunder Force, which is, incidentally, McCarthy’s fifth collaboration with husband Ben Falcone, will hit Netflix on April 9th, 2021.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]


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