Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi says he doesn’t get why Loki giving birth to a horse, as he did in Norse mythology, wasn’t in the MCU.
Taika Waititi, director of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder, wants to see Tom Hiddleston’s Loki give birth to his eight-legged horse child from Norse mythology.
The actor and filmmaker humorously explained the Norse myth that currently remains unadapted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “I don’t know if you know in the mythology that Loki, at one point, turned himself into a female horse, had sex with, like, a serpent and then got pregnant. And then [Loki] gave birth to an eight-legged horse,” Waititi explained before acting frustrated in jest. “Why was that not in Avengers? We got to start a petition. We need to see Tom Hiddleston pregnant with a horse.”
Although Waititi is known to often make absurd jokes in interviews, the event that he is describing is a real part of classic Norse mythology. Loki’s eight-legged horse child, Sleipnir, was also the steed of Odin. Waititi was partially inaccurate, however, as Sleipnir was conceived of Loki and another horse named Svaðilfari. The serpent that the New Zealand filmmaker was referring to was likely Jörmungandr, one of Thor’s greatest enemies.
Thor: Love and Thunder follows the events of Avengers: Endgame and sees the titular God of Thunder joining forces with his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to stop a great evil. In a recent interview, Waititi went into detail about Portman’s return to the MCU. “I think that [Portman] was just wanting to make sure that… I don’t even know how to say this, but… her character in those first few films, it’s probably not the most exciting version of the female character that we want from these films…,” he explained. “I had to just talk to her about the fact that I wanted to change that character, just like we’d changed Thor’s character for Ragnarok and to give her a bit more license to be adventurous and fun because Natalie’s a really funny person.”
While Portman’s return to the franchise took a bit of convincing, her co-star Christian Bale revealed recently that he didn’t know what the MCU was when he signed on to play the film’s villain Gorr. “Absolutely not, no. That didn’t even enter into my head at all,” Bale said in response to being asked if he was hesitant to play another comic book after Batman. “I’d read that, and people would go, ‘Oh, look at this! He’s entered the MCU!’ And I’d go, ‘I’ve done what? I haven’t entered shit, thank you very much.’ I’m like, ‘The MCU?’ I had to ask what that was.”
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8.
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