Annlyel unpacks the plot for Thor: Love And Thunder
Taika Waititi. He was a director unbeknownst to me until I saw Thor: Ragnarok, the reboot the charming God of Thunder desperately needed to keep his involvement in the MCU afloat. Thor: Ragnarok took a bite out of the Guardians of the Galaxy playbook, choosing to delve into the fun and wacky territory rather than trying (and failing miserably) to be epic ballads of romance and action that Thor and Thor: The Dark World were striving for.
After the events of Avengers: Endgame where Valkyrie was made King of Asgard and Bro Thor hopped on a ride with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Waititi confirmed that he was making a fourth Thor film, the one we now know as Thor: Love and Thunder.
The title logo looks a bit colorful and different, as expected, but a recent interview with Natalie Portman may have revealed that this movie could potentially be a bit more serious than Waititi’s previous installment in the MCU. In her interview, Portman revealed that she is starting to train for the film (she’s acquiring muscles) and that the film will follow the storyline in the Mighty Thor comics. In case you don’t know what that means let me shed some light on the situation.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE AHEAD!
In the Mighty Thor comic, Nick Fury whispers a secret to Thor so astounding that Thor loses his ability to wield Mjolnir. Jane Foster, then battling breast cancer, is deemed worthy to wield the hammer and thus becomes the Goddess of Thunder, the MIGHTY THOR. But here’s the twist. As she goes around as this Goddess of Thunder taking on bad guys and saving the day every time she returns to being regular Jane Foster her cancer gets worse.
You get the message. As Jane plays the hero she gradually dies. It’s a tough subject matter that could earn Taika Waititi yet another superhero movie masterpiece. We saw him tackle the tough talk of racism in Jojo Rabbit, a film that earned him his first Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay. Thanks to Jojo Rabbit, we now know that Waititi can balance humor with real-world issues, and the idea of Jane Foster battling cancer while choosing to be a hero sounds like something that could bring a lot of emotion to this latest Thor movie.
It also provides Natalie Portman the opportunity to give more depth to Jane Foster and worm her way into our hearts with a stellar performance. Plus, considering Thor‘s previous relationship with her, we could also see Hemsworth’s acting chops on full display again as we’ve seen in the past. Let’s just hope Valkyrie doesn’t fall in love with her too. Then there’ll be extra sorrow, considering that she already lost her fellow Valkyrie warriors to Hela all those years ago.
Ooh, it’s an exciting thought imagining Thor: Love and Thunder to be a sneakily emotional installment in the MCU and if it is…just be sure to bring tissues.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!