Thor: Love and Thunder – the ‘super-gay’ show, female Thor and Russell Crowe – discussing with spoilers | Movies


huhHave the critics finally turned on Marvel? Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (at the time of writing) has a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 66%, the fourth lowest of any film in the acclaimed superhero movie universe. This apparently makes it worse than 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (67%), saying something. It’s not as bad as Chloé Zhao’s deeply mediocre Eternals, from last year, which had a rating of just 47% “fresh”.

Does any of these things matter? If you enjoy the movie, you enjoy the movie. And Love and Thunder, once it gets going, has as much roaring cosmic craziness as you’d expect from a movie where Thor, Waititi (who almost single-handedly reinvented Chris Hemsworth’s Norse god as a comic giant in Thor: Ragnarok from 2017) and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But trying to squeeze just a little too much into the film’s two-hour running time, was Natalie Portman’s return as Jane Foster (now the Mighty Thor) really worth it? And where does Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher stand in the pantheon of Marvel super villains? Was the film, as Waititi had suggested, really “super gay”? Let’s dip our fingers in the intergalactic popcorn to find out.

The Objectification of Thor and the Rise of Mighty Thor

Chris Hemsworth.
With a cup of tea… Chris Hemsworth. Photo: Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP

There were some very upset male rights types when the first official trailer for Love and Thunder came out in May, revealing that Hemsworth’s god of thunder was stripped naked by Russell Crowe’s Zeus for entertainment. The liberals would be upset if they did that to a woman, was the main argument. And those with such beliefs probably won’t be much cheered up after seeing the full movie, in which Thor loses his hammer Mjolnir to Portman’s Jane Foster (now the Mighty Thor) and is forced into a supporting role as she faces most of the heavy lifting. lifting battle scene.

Gender politics under the stars

Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth.
Sad storyline… Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. Photo: Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP

Another way to look at it is there’s nothing cooler than a guy with the humility to put the woman he loves at the center of things, and frankly, Thor is so busy being happy that Foster is back in his life that he has little time. feeling intangible or replaced. There’s also the fact that we find out early on that, just like in the comics, Foster has terminal cancer and is slowly weakened each time she turns into the Mighty Thor. Her final sacrifice, joining Thor in the battle to turn the tide just when he seems poised to succumb to Gorr’s greater deceit and brutality, seems to represent true heroism. And just as Waititi promised, there is never any suggestion that she will take over from Thor for good. In the end, did you feel that this tumultuous, unbearably sad arc justified Portman’s return to the role?

Gorr the God Butcher and Russell Crowe’s Accent

The Kiwi filmmaker had suggested that Bale’s Gorr could be the greatest Marvel villain of all time, and the superhero movie veteran certainly threw everything into the part. The only problem here is that Gorr’s mission to destroy the gods didn’t seem so unreasonable after we encountered Russell Crowe’s pompous and petulant Zeus. And saving a bunch of Asgardian pincers didn’t quite match the kind of epic, multiverse-shifting scale that Marvel has become known for of late. Do you agree that Love and Thunder had the atmosphere of a filler episode, rather than a puzzle piece that would radically change the future of the saga? And what did you think of Crowe’s ridiculous accent? Was it Greek, Turkish or maybe Russian?

The awkward opening, Korg as the narrator and gay superheroes

Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), left, with Natalie Portman.
Diversity reigns… Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), left, with Natalie Portman. Photo: Disney/Jasin Boland/Allstar

Waititi’s brutal indifference since he emerged as a Marvel filmmaker was a breath of fresh air, but it felt at times while watching Love and Thunder that the whole thing might have become a little too disposable and disposable. Korg’s narration was more clumsy than we expected, suggesting it may have been introduced as a framing device late in the game. On the other hand, Marvel won even more points for diversity after the perky rock monster officially came out as gay, with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie adding to the LGBT-positive picture. Christian websites in the US are already getting upset, but Korg’s joy at dreaming up a Kronan bubba while holding his partner Dwayne’s hands over molten hot lava was only matched by the positive response from the audience at the screening I attended. What did you think?

The credit scenes, resurrection and a new pantheon of gods

Natalie Portman as the Mighty Thor.
Matter of life and death… Natalie Portman as the Mighty Thor. Photo: Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP

Love and Thunder’s mid-credit scene revealed that Zeus did not die when Thor impaled him with his own thunderbolt, and is determined to exact revenge. The ship: The son of the deity, Hercules, who looks hairy and muscular enough to take on everyone in the Norse pantheon. Will we see him and other Greek gods in future episodes?

Jane Foster’s terminal cancer storyline was a bit of a downer. But in the credits it turned out that she had indeed reached Valhalla, after she had died on the battlefield. Greeted by the much-missed Heimdall (Idris Elba), Foster seemed to enter the afterlife without pain and illness. And let’s not forget that Gorr was able to bring his daughter back to life after he finally reached Eternity – it seems that death in the Marvel universe isn’t necessarily the end. Could this mean we’ll see long-lost superheroes return in future episodes? Or is it only the gods who get a second chance at life?

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