Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Love and Thunder, has a perplexing but delightful way to describe the quirkiness of the latest MCU film.
Thor: Love and Thunder will be a whimsical ride according to the film’s director, Taika Waititi.
In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Waititi gave an odd description of what fans could expect from the Thor franchise’s fourth solo film. As he put it, “When you look at this film, it’s like we asked a bunch of six-year-olds what they wanted in a movie, and we just said ‘yes’ to everything.” To punctuate the point, he brought up Thor’s new ride in the film — a Viking ship that’s being towed by two goats.
As seen in trailers for the upcoming film, this vessel allows Thor to create a portable Bifrost thanks to the power of his most recent weapon, Stormbreaker. It doesn’t allow for the instant teleportation granted by the original Bifrost, but it does seem to be faster than traditional space travel and leaves behind a rainbow wake as it soars. This scaled-down version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s rainbow bridge is also closer to actual Norse mythology, which often showcased the god Thor being transported by a chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr.
While on the topic of Norse mythology, Waititi shared that he wanted to explore more of the traditional mythos surrounding the Vikings’ gods and incorporate it into the MCU. His first example was the story of Loki giving birth to an eight-legged horse child. “Why was that not in Avengers?” he jokingly asked, also mentioning that he takes some pleasure in trolling Thor: Love and Thunder fans about their theories.
The fourth Thor film sees the Asgardian hero along a path of self-discovery after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Now traveling the cosmos with his gang of renegade friends, the Guardians of the Galaxy, he’ll be pulled into a new battle with a bloodthirsty villain called Gorr the God Butcher, who is on a quest to eliminate all gods from the universe. Based on trailers and promotion seen so far, this threat extends to gods from other pantheons, including Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Zeus.
Thor: Love and Thunder debuts in theaters on July 8. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster aka The Mighty Thor, Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.
Bo Provencher is a writer for CBR. He’s extremely passionate about the fantasy genre including TV shows, video games, board games, and more. Bo is an avid tabletop gamer and currently hosts 2 separate Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.