Marvel fans might have to wait a little bit longer to see Chris Hemsworth return as the God of Thunder in the next installment of the Thor franchise, but that’s not to say the excitement is non-existent. In fact, in a rather comical and hideous turn of events, a poster of the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) surfaced online and it’s so bad it’s good. Eccentric director Taika Waititi has weighed in, and his response is as you would expect…
Hemsworth was last seen as the Asgardian warrior in the Infinity Saga conclusion movie Avengers: Endgame (2019) from the Russo Brothers. After Thanos (Josh Brolin) killed his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) with the rest of his Asgard family, the Avenger set out on a heroic quest to build new weaponry to take on the Mad Titan. Waititi somewhat refreshed the character in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), playing on Hemsworth’s comedy talents, a trait that was carried through Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame — it was further enhanced when Marvel teamed the god up with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Thor: Love and Thunder will be the fourth solo outing for Hemsworth, who played the character in Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and the aforementioned Thor: Ragnarok. It was the latter that also introduced Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, a character that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has said will be openly bisexual in the new movie.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe steams towards 30+ feature films, fans are sure to be looking forward to Hemsworth being joined by Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Drax the Destroyer), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis), of Guardians of the Galaxy fame. The ensemble will also be padded out with returning cast members Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), director Taika Waititi as Korg, Russell Crowe (Zeus), with cameos from people like Sam Neill, Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, and Ben Falcone all playing theatrical versions of the fan-favorite characters. Christian Bale will also star as villain Gorr the God Butcher.
Perhaps the most exciting re-addition to Thor: Love and Thunder is the comeback of Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster played by Academy Award winner Natalie Portman. While Portman is back as Foster she will also become the new Mighty Thor. It looks like Mjolnir will be shared this time around!
Fans have come to expect a rather colorful and slightly weird new movie from Waititi — the director himself has said it “shouldn’t make sense” and that it’s the “best” Marvel movie ever made. Most recently, the What We Do in the Shadows (2014) star was said to be pushing the boundaries of visual filmmaking with one Marvel employee saying Waititi “shouldn’t be allowed” to make Thor: Love and Thunder.
In more absurd events, a poster recently hit social media — at the time, seemingly official — and Marvel fans could not cope with the level of bizarre it served. Since then, President of Marketing at the Walt Disney Company, Asad Ayaz, has debunked the claim, saying the poster is fake. That hasn’t stopped the Thor helmer from weighing in on the matter. Let’s take a look.
This tweet from Marvel Fans Media (@MarvelFansIN) shows the poster in all of its interesting glory:
First Promotional art poster for Thor-Love and Thunder
— Marvel Fans India (@MarvelFansIN) December 11, 2021
Most Marvel fans are likely to notice that this poster does not live up to the level of detail and precision we have come to expect from Disney and Marvel Studios. That being said, it did draw in many fans and news outlets who considered it to be the real thing. Waititi, however, knew all too well that it was fake.
This is so bad that I kinda wish it was an official poster. It’s definitely what I would have done if I was in charge of posters.
This is so bad that I kinda wish it was an official poster. It's definitely what I would have done if I was in charge of posters. https://t.co/OnW7K2ubo3
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) December 12, 2021
It surely won’t be too long now until Marvel fans will get to see the official Thor: Love and Thunder poster. As the MCU’s Phase Four speedily moves forward with upcoming movies like the Black Panther sequel, only time will tell just how Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) will affect the future of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.
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