VFXShow 261: Thor: Love and Thunder

Director Taika Waititi

In the latest Thor: Love and Thunder, our hero attempts to find inner peace after the drama of the Infinity Wars but is forced to return to earth and work with Valkyrie (Thompson), Korg (Waititi), and Jane Foster (Portman), – who has now become the ‘Mighty Thor’. The team must stop Gorr the God Butcher (Bale) from eliminating all gods throughout the universe.

The film follows the release of the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok, in November 2017. After the success of that film, Hemsworth said then that he would continue to play Thor for as long as possible, crediting Waititi with revitalizing his interest in the role after he became exhausted and underwhelmed with it prior to making Ragnarok.

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

Following a single meeting with Waititi, Portman agreed to return to the franchise, after her character was not in the third Ragnarok film. Waititi was given creative freedom from Marvel Studios to reimagine her role in the movie, and he offered her a chance to portray the Jane character in a different way, with a “license to be adventurous and fun and funny”.

The Gods Down Under (and in the USA) this week:

  • Matt  Wallin *     @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com
  • Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond           www.thediamondbros.com
  • Mike  Seymour   @mikeseymour.                www.fxguide.com

*Special thanks to Matt Wallin with help from Jim Shen for editing the show.

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