The new installment in the Thor film series – Thor: Love And Thunder – held its premiere event in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Christian Bale makes his debut as the newest Marvel villain as Gorr the God Butcher, a scarred galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods and wields a ‘strange and terrifying’ sword.
The star-studded cast who attended the red carpet event also included the likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/Mighty Thor), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Taika Waititi (Korg), Russell Crowe (Zeus) and Jaimie Alexander (Sif), among many others.
Bale stepped out to the festive premiere with his wife of over 22 years, Sibi Blazic.
The Oscar-winning actor, 48, looked handsome in a black suit that he paired with a black dress shirt and matching shoes.
While on the red carpet, Bale held hands with his wife, who looked elegant in a black dress and matching heels.
On this night she wore her dark brown tresses long, wavy and flowing to about the middle of her back with a part in the middle.
While Bale has made headlines during his storied career with such riveting and transformative performances in American Psycho, The Machinist, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Fighter, among many others, he has also worked alongside his wife.
Blazic has worked in Hollywood as a stunt driver, with The Dark Knight Rises (2012) listed as one of her film credits.
‘My wife was a stunt driver, she was chasing me through the city in Batman. She was driving one of the cop cars. She can do 180s and stunts and all that,’ the British actor told the Wall Street Journal. ‘She terrifies me. My wife terrifies me.’
The Chicago native is also credited with performances in Ford v Ferrari (2019) and George of the Jungle (1997).
The couple, who celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary in January, are the proud parents of two children: daughter Emmeline, 17 and son Joesph, seven.
This latest chapter in the Thor series follows the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). Thor attempts to find inner peace, but must return to action and recruit Valkyrie, Korg and Jane Foster —who has become the Mighty Thor—to stop Gorr the God Butcher from eliminating all gods.
Hemsworth is back in the titular role, an Avenger and the former king of Asgard, who plays opposite Natalie Portman, his love interest Jane Foster/Mighty Thor
Cast members from the Guardians Of The Galaxy also make appearances in the film, which includes Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
On top of that, Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok alongside Matt Damon, Sam Neil and Luke Hemsworth, as well as Melissa McCarthy, Akosia Sabet, Ben Falcone, Jenny Morris and Simon Russell Beale.
Development on the sequel began during production of the previous Thor movie, Ragnarok, which was also directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to make its widespread release in the U.S. on July 8, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.