Thor: Love & Thunder received a divisive reception, and Chris Hemsworth believes that a change in tone can greatly improve the next one.
After portraying Thor in the MCU for over a decade, Chris Hemsworth wants a new direction for the Asgardian God of Thunder, one which could potentially fix Thor: Love & Thunder’s mistakes. After the success of 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi pushed Thor’s comedy chops to the limit in 2022’s Love & Thunder. However, it wasn’t received as positively as his previous humor-centric take on the character.
Many consider Thor: Love & Thunder to be one of the weakest links in the MCU’s divisive Phase 4, and in an interview, Chris Hemsworth stated Thor’s MCU return must be very different, saying: “it would have to be a drastically different version in tone.” This suggests that even the people closest to Love & Thunder understood its pitfalls and what it could have done better. Taika Waititi’s overt comedy throughout Love & Thunder distracted many people from the strong story that could have been told, so the next installment of Thor’s MCU timeline needs to see a radical reinvention to win back its audience.
Why Comedy Thor Didn’t Work In Love & Thunder (But Did In Ragnarok)
When Thor: Ragnarok was released in 2017 it was refreshing for some of the same reasons Thor: Love and Thunder failed. Many people had begun to grow tired of the broody and, frankly, bland Thor that had featured in his two prior solo films, Thor and Thor: The Dark World. While elements of comedy had popped up during those outings and the subsequent Avengers crossovers, Waititi’s fantastic comedic nature was the perfect departure the character needed to act as a reset. Ragnarok introduced MCU viewers to a more light-hearted and relatable version of the character. However, this didn’t work so well with Love & Thunder, especially since it turned the comedy up to the max.
This was partly due to the extreme nature of the comedy that made most of the film’s action just seem silly, but Love & Thunder also appeared to completely ignore the transformation Thor had gone through during Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. There was the divisive fat Thor story, but Thor had also suffered a huge amount and had been dealing with intense depression. All of this disappeared during Love & Thunder to save space for the comedy. The story should have also been dark and grounded, especially featuring a villain as sinister as Gorr the God Butcher, which left many to feel this formidable foe was wasted.
What Thor’s MCU Future Could Be
The first two Thor films focused on a darker Thor, and the second two saw a comedic version, but they all featured Thor trying to discover his real self. Although this might not be a storyline that will ever conclude, future projects should show him to his fullest strength. Glimpses of this were seen during Ragnarok and Infinity War, but it’s about time Thor realizes his full potential. This is especially important now he is looking after Gorr’s powerful daughter, Love, following the events of Thor: Love & Thunder. Thor needs to be a godly role model to care for her, and to best continue his remarkable MCU legacy.
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