Is Thor: Love and Thunder the Craziest Thing Taika Waititi's Ever Done?

According to him, Thor: Love and Thunder is the craziest shit ever.

Taika Waititi on set of Thor: Ragnarok
Taika Waititi on set of Thor: Ragnarok
Image: Marvel Entertainment

Taika Waititi is a Hollywood golden boy. He’s riding high on his Oscar win for his film Jojo Rabbit and on to his following projects, Soccer film Next Goal Wins and Thor: Love and Thunder.

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In an interview with Empire, Waititi commented on his next Thor film by saying, “It’s the craziest thing [he’s] ever done.” He goes on to explain that statement.

“I’ve done some crazy shit in my life. I’ve lived, like, ten lifetimes. But it’s the craziest film I’ve ever done,” Waititi said. “If you wrote down all the elements of this film, it shouldn’t make sense... It’s almost like it shouldn’t be made. If you walked into a room and said, ‘I want this and this and this.’ Who’s in it? These people. What are you going to call it? Love And Thunder. I mean, you’d never work again. Maybe I won’t after this.”

The director dropped the serious tone and went with a sarcastic, comedic edge for Thor: Ragnarok. He mentions that Love and Thunder will be different. “It’s very different from Ragnarok,” Waititi said. “It’s crazier. I’ll tell you what’s different. There’ll be far more emotion in this film. And a lot more love. And a lot more thunder. And a lot more Thor, if you’ve seen the photos.”

No one knows the finite plot details of Thor: Love and Thunder, but we know that this one features an all-star cast. Outside of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman is returning as Jane Foster/Goddess of Thunder. Tessa Thompson is back as Valkyrie/King of Asgard, Jamie Alexander is Sif again (Yay!), and Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord is making an appearance. Russell Crowe is Zeus, but it’s unclear what his role is in this, and lastly, Christian Bale is the new big bad Gorr The God Butcher.

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DISCUSSION

By
Douglas

All I can say is, I hope it’s less of a disappointment than Black Widow. I won’t say Black Widow is bad, but I really thought the writing was sub-par. Poor in the same way that Captain Marvel’s writing was.

But Florence Pugh owns every scene she’s in. I cannot wait for Hawkeye now, which is a sentence I never thought I’d be writing. I think she’s going to be one of the great characters moving forward with the MCU.

Scarlett was fine, but the villain was bland, uninteresting, and had no motivation or psychology going on.  (The thing with him and his daughter was about as believable as wallpaper.) Someone at Marvel needs to look at the big successes and realize that they all have compelling villains, then throw out any script that doesn’t include that. In addition, Rachel Weisz was completely wasted on her role and I thought David Harbour’s part was poorly written.

So fingers crossed for Thor: Love and Thunder, as well as The Eternals and Shang-Chi.