Despite Bans In Multiple Countries, Marvel Stars Rally Around ‘Thor 4’

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Recently, Marvel Studios’ latest outing, Thor: Love and Thunder — which hit theaters on July 8, 2022 — has been banned in multiple countries due to a few scenes that are culturally controversial in certain nations.

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In China, for example, the film was banned from thousands of theaters due in part to Korg’s (Taika Waititi) revelation that the males of his alien race hold hands next to lava to create offspring. The Hollywood Reporter shared that this resulted in Thor 4 being banned for many of the same reasons as Pixar Animation Studios’ Lightyear (2022).

This was the sixth Marvel movie in a row to not receive a Chinese release, following Black Widow (2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Eternals (2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

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Then, Malaysia banned the newest MCU movie nationwide. Variety shared:

The theatrical release of blockbuster Marvel movie “Thor Love and Thunder” is not moving ahead in Malaysia. It had been scheduled for distribution from July 21, 2022…

…The latest, possibly indefinite, postponement was announced by the country’s two leading cinema operators GSC and TGV Cinemas on their social media feeds.

natailie portman (left) as jane foster and chris hemsworth (right) as thor gazing at each other in thor: love and thunder
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Despite these bans — and a divided Marvel fan base — MCU stars are rallying around Thor 4. Hawkeye villain Vincent D’Onofrio (Kingpin/Wilson Fisk) shared:

“This, this film right here. I love it.”

Eternals‘ star Lia McHugh also took to social media, writing:

“As always, a spectacular night and another marvel [sic: Marvel] movie you have to go see.”

Finally, America Chavez actress Xochitl Gomez posted:

“Love & Thunder. Absolutely Bonkers, and that’s why I love it. Last night was everything. Still freaking out!!”

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While there have been rumors that Chris Hemsworth will no longer play his Marvel Cinematic Universe role, Thor, after the release of his fourth solo outing, the actor himself has put those rumors to rest, even saying he intends to continue playing Thor until he is “kicked of the stage.”

The star also told the Associated Press (AP):

“I love the experience, and I have from day one. Each time I’ve been asked back I’ve said ‘Absolutely let’s go.’ I’ve been lucky to have different directors and writers and cast to also inject different stories and energy into the films. Until the audience, the fans, the Marvel gods say, ‘No, we’ve had enough’ then I’ll keep showing up, I love it. It’s good fun.”

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)
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Despite fans’ somewhat chilly overall reception, Thor: Love and Thunder, directed by Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit, Boy, Free Guy), has received praise from critics — who say it has more of an emotional, “rom com” vibe than they were expecting — after early screenings. Love and Thunder will see the returns of numerous fan favorites from prior Thor movies, including Hemsworth, Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/Mighty Thor), and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie).

The fourth installment in the franchise features appearances by multiple Guardians of the Galaxy cast members, such as Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord)Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula)Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis).

Christian Bale as Gorr
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Christian Bale and Russell Crowe also make their MCU debuts as Gorr the God Butcher and Zeus, respectively.

Hemsworth has previously played the Mjolnir-wielding son of Odin in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

One description of the latest Thor movie reads:

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor attempts to find inner peace, but must return to action and recruit Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster—who has become the Mighty Thor—to stop Gorr the God Butcher from eliminating all gods.

You can watch the full trailer below:

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What do you think about Marvel stars rallying around Thor: Love and Thunder as bans continue?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the seven series in Marvel’s Phase Four so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Marvel’s What If…?, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight, and Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel— on Disney+ anytime.

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