Thor: Ragnarok marked director Taika Waititi’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and by all accounts it was a fantastic debut. Waititi is now back for Thor: Love and Thunder and in a recent conversation with Entertainment Weekly, the director revealed that he knew he had to push the Bostars this time around, so he was like, “What’s the least expected thing about this franchise?”
Waititi explained that while Ragnarok was a “party”, Love and Thunder is “deeper”. He said: “It’s not a serious movie, and it’s not a drama, but we’re dealing with ideas that I think a lot of people are dealing with – universal themes of love and loss and our place in the world. Everyone in the film pretty much asks this question: what is your goal? What is the reason you are a hero, and what do you do when you have these powers?” The director called it a “midlife crisis film.”
Speaking of the biggest difference between Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi said: “I think the biggest difference would be that it was my first time playing in the Marvel sandbox on Ragnarok. This one I had I felt like I had a little more experience and knew how to film this a lot more efficiently.”
In Thor: Love and Thunder, Christian Bale also stars as Gorr the God Butcher and while Waititi didn’t reveal much about the actor’s character, the director stated that “he’s probably one of the best villains Marvel had in their movies.” . The film also stars Russell Crowe as Zeus, and Waititi promises audiences will see him in a way they’ve never seen before.
Also starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Chris Pratt, Thor: Love and Thunder releases July 8.