Love and Thunder director admits film is ‘Cringey’ on paper

After breaking records for the shortest time before the film’s release, Thor: Love and Thunder The trailer has arrived and fans are already on the edge of their seats. The good news for these fans is that since the movie is two months away, the interviews and press tours are already starting to heat up. After a reconstruction of a third film of the Thor franchise, it’s clear that the MCU and fans just can’t get enough of Taika Waititi.

However, Waititi may have the biggest tonal challenge of his career ahead of him in fourth Thor solo movie. The character of Chris Hemsworth has undergone an evolution within his trilogy and the stories told in The Avengers story in four parts. But now the next Marvel movie is reincorporating a genre that the Thor the movies haven’t touched since its second installment: romance.

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Therefore, Waititi now has a new challenge: to take a story and concept that leans more towards romance and relationships and present it in a way that still gives MCU fans a happy, popcorn-filled adventure. With that romantic element revived in the mix, the Thor the director wants to make sure the film avoids one thing: being too grumpy.

Make Thor Cool Again

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In a recent interview with Empire, Thor: Love and Thunder writer-director Taika Waititi said the sequel is “a fantastic movie” two months before its worldwide release. Waititi pointed out that he was proud of the tone of the final cut:

“It’s a fantastic film…I don’t try to control my films, or how they turn out…I kind of let them appear to me. And with this movie, I’m like, ‘Hey, you’re a little cooler than I originally hoped to be.’ Tonally, this is where I always wanted it.

Waititi talks about the challenge of taking a story that “on paper… it’s a bit cringeworthy” and deliver it in a way that takes away that sting. It’s a challenge that Waititi is happy to take on and cites its resources from “cool characters” as a resource that allows:

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“I wanted to embrace this thing that I’ve always been a bit dismissive of, and explore this idea of ​​love, and show characters who believe in love… On paper, it seems a bit grumpy to me, but there’s a way to do that with cool characters making a cool movie, and also having one thing that no fan ever wants in a superhero movie, which is people talking about love and kissing characters.

He explains that people might be surprised if they believe it’s just a love story between Thors:

“I think most people will assume the romance is between Chris and Natalie…I can’t promise that what people think is going to happen in this movie will happen.”

Fantasy Filmmakers

It’s no secret that the decision to bring Taika Waititi into Thor franchise was to bring newfound life and energy to the character. After Thor and Thor: The Dark World, fans began labeling the Asgardian corner of the MCU as the cardinal sin of blockbuster cinema: boring. Hemsworth was loved as Thor, and there are moments in every movie that fans have called underrated to this day. But comparing the dark, Shakespearean tones of Thor: The Dark World with the colored energy of Thor: Ragnarok is to compare a piece of coal to a diamond.

Coal had all the elements that make diamond shine. But sadly, the IP’s cosmic worlds and magical execution lacked the polished nature of the script to make it shine. Nonetheless, Waititi was able to find the franchise’s most cosmic elements and take them to 11.

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This covers the aesthetic level of the glow for Thor, but it’s more than that. By Ragnarok and continue in Infinity War and End of Game, the emotional journey of the former king of Asgard was a highlight of the reconstruction. And while the tone and mood of Ragnarok feel like a different franchise, it expertly capitalized on plot points presented ahead of its time. The relationship between Thor and Loki, the trials of pride for Thor, and the expansion of the cosmic side of the MCU were all present in the first three films.

Waititi is looking to bring back even more MCU Thor themes for love and thunder. People forget that 2011 Thor is the closest Marvel Studios has come to a proper rom-com at the end of the day. Very few films in this universe place as much emphasis on the romantic relationship in film as Thor possesses. So the idea of ​​Waititi bringing back the rom-com side of the character with more depth than just a reunion for Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman is a great swing approach for a top swing director.

This isn’t the first time Marvel Studios has taken a turn of this nature in Phase 4. Wanda Vision was an attempt to parody television history. Loki is a series of time-traveling criminal adventures across the multiverse. And Spider-Man: No Coming Home is an attempt to bring satisfaction to 20 years of moviegoers. And they all seem to be widely loved.

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Waititi’s comments on this film being “cringey on paper” would worry fans if a lesser studio took on it. But Marvel Studios has proven it’s ready to give its directors the ability to dance around and create something special. That kind of confidence led to the wacky, groundbreaking success of Thor: Ragnarok in the first place.

The challenge therefore rests on Waititi’s shoulders to take a “squeaky” concept and present it in a way that gets the fans on their feet. Few directors in the industry would justify that kind of trust, and Taika Waititi is one of them.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8 and will apparently give equal weight to both sides of the subtitle.

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