Thor: Love and Thunder Has "Ridiculous" Norse Mythology
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Thor: Love and Thunder Has “Ridiculous” Norse Mythology

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BY October 5, 2022
It’s only a matter of weeks before Marvel release Thor: Love and Thunder. Fans have been waiting five years for a sequel to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarokwhich was the last time we got a film about this Norse legend. However, the co-writer and director for the new film, Taika Waititi, has been promoting the film recently. This has included being on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Waititi described how the film would feature some “ridiculous” Norse mythology during this appearance.

Thor: Love and Thunder Plot

Thor: Love and Thunder Image: Marvel/Disney

Marvel dropped a trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder fairly recently, giving us an idea of the tone for the film. It appears that instead of going for something series, Marvel has opted for something a bit more campy and funny. According to Waititi, this includes the Norse lore that inspired him when making the film.

Waititi said, “When you look at this film, it’s like we asked a bunch of six-year-olds what they wanted in a movie, and we just said yes to everything. It is so ridiculous. There’s a Viking ship being towed through space by two giant goats, and that’s what Thor rides around on in this movie. And that’s from the mythology! So I get people who are like, ‘It’s too much, Taika.’ But no, we took it from the mythology.”

Clearly, they chose some of the strangest and silliest parts of Norse mythology and transformed them into the big screen for Thor: Love and Thunder. In terms of plot, we already know that this latest film will be very different from previous ones. In the film, Thor goes on a journey to search for inner peace. However, being the Marvel Cinematic Universe, things don’t stay peaceful for long! Gorr, the God Butcher, threatens the existence of Norse gods, and Thor has to become a God once again.

Thor: Love and Thunder Characters

Thor: Love and Thunder Image: Marvel/Disney

Gorr, the God Butcher, is one of the many characters in Thor: Love and Thunder, and Christian Bale plays this role. Tessa Thompson stars as King Valkyrie, who tries to help Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor to defeat Gorr. He is also joined by Waititi’s Korg and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, Thor’s ex-girlfriend. It’s definitely going to be a star-studded film!

The surprises don’t stop there, though. Somehow, Foster can use Mjolnir, Thor’s special hammer, which is seemingly impossible. Not only must Thor battle the God Butcher and save the other gods, but he also needs to discover the mystery of Foster and Mjolnir. He’s definitely got his work cut out for him!

Also, Waititi mentioned another MCU character inspired by Norse lore – Loki. In the original mythology, Waititi mentions how “Loki at one point turned himself into a female horse, had sex with a serpent, got pregnant, and gave birth to an eight-legged horse.” Clearly, that has never happened in the MCU! Waititi joked about how he’s “gonna start a petition. We need to see Tom Hiddleston pregnant with a horse.” Perhaps we’ll see Waititi’s spin on the Loki storyline in the future. We can already guess Thor: Love and Thunder will be a wacky adventure.

Taika Waititi Marvel

Thor: Love and Thunder Image: Marvel/Disney

Waititi is no stranger to the MCU, as he also starred in and directed Thor: Ragnarok. Similarly, he also worked on Avengers: Endgame and crossed over to the DC Universe for The Suicide Squad. Recently, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, spoke about Waititi’s involvement in the film series. He called Thor: Love and Thunder “a very big movie that’ll be folding in a lot of elements” and described this as “a hugely important part of it.”

Later, Fiege said that ” pitched it to us, and we were totally in. We loved it. We’d been in touch with Natalie. She’s part of the MCU family, and we put she and Taika together. It took one meeting, and she agreed to do it.” It’s clear that Marvel, and Disney, have pretty high expectations for this film. We can’t wait to see how Waititi adapts the “ridiculous” Norse mythology for the big screen!

You can check out Thor: Love and Thunder in cinemas from July 8th. Will you be watching it? What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments.

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