Taika Waititi Reveals If ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ Is A Passing of the Thor Torch

From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Sean Sposato

Many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been questioning what “Thor: Love & Thunder” will be bringing to the table. Specifically, if this film will act as a passing of the “Thor” torch. In a recent interview with GamesRadar, Director Taika Waititi addressed these rumors head-on.

In this recent interview, Waititi said he does not see this film as a passing of the torch. In fact, he believes Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, will continue to portray the character for some time. It’s true that in this film we will see the return of Jane Foster, portrayed by Natalie Portman, who will becoming a female version of the hero known as “The Mighty Thor.” Although, per this interview, it seems the two might coexist for the foreseeable future.

“And also, it’s really fun, the idea that Thor [has] got Stormbreaker, that big axe, and now his hammer’s back and it’s in the hands of someone else,” Waititi explained. “It’s no longer his hammer. It’s the idea that someone’s taking his place. I think a lot of fans are gonna potentially assume, ‘Oh, OK, this is the passing on of the torch’… I’m not privy to any plans Marvel has for the future, but I don’t think that’s the case.”

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Waititi spoke about the film being seen as a love story. To which he replied: “I wanted to embrace this thing that I was always a bit dismissive of, and explore this idea of love, and show characters who do believe in love,” Waititi said. “On paper, it feels kinds of cringy to me, but there’s a way of doing it with cool characters making a cool movie, and also having a thing that no fan ever wants in a superhero movie, which is people talking about love, and characters kissing.”

Below is the official synopsis for “Thor: Love & Thunder”:

“The film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”

What are your thoughts on what this film will mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Thor? Let us know in the comments! 

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