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Thor: Love & Thunder Will Give Marvel Fans a Thor They Don’t Want, Says Taika Waititi

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Director Taika Waititi hopes to subvert expectations with Thor: Love and Thunder by giving Marvel fans a version of the God of Thunder they do not want. Or at least, one that they did not realize they wanted all along. In an interview with AP News, Waititi explained his approach to Thor in his latest MCU sequel, revealing that the character presented in Thor: Love and Thunder is “probably the last thing that a Thor fan really wants to hear.” Cue the groans and worry.

Thor being in love is perhaps nothing new, with the Asgardian having been devoted to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in the past, but based on the title and Waititi’s words, it sounds like Thor: Love and Thunder

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will lean into the romance more than ever before. To assuage some of the concern, Waititi continued, likening this latest iteration of Thor to that of his previous MCU outing, the critically acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok.

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Subverting expectations and trying to avoid giving fans something too obvious can be a risky business, and it may not have quite paid off this time for director Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth. The reviews for Thor: Love and Thunder are now in, and the Rotten Tomatoes score for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 29th outing has now dropped to 69%. This puts it way down on the lower end of the MCU overall.

For context, Thor: Love and Thunder’s 69% puts it below the first Thor adventure, which stands at 77%, and only just in front of the much-maligned Thor: The Dark World, a sequel that sits at an only just fresh 66%. Of course, Thor: Love and Thunder’s score puts it well behind that of Thor: Ragnarok, which sits high up on the MCU overall ranking with a very fresh 93%.

Thor: Love and Thunder finds Thor in a very different light than ever before – on a quest for inner peace. His retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods, leading Thor to enlist 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.

Directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Taika Waititi, Jaimie Alexander, and Russell Crowe.

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