Many MCU fans consider Thor: Ragnarok as not just be the best Thor movie, but also, one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, ever. One of the main reasons for that distinction is due to the director, Taika Waititi.
Waititi has been directing great, small-budget movies in his home country of New Zealand for a while now. Recently, he’s had his big break in Hollywood.
Not only is Waititi directing the next Thor movie, but he’s also directing movies and TV shows for Star Wars. That said, despite his talent, some fans think that the next Thor movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, might be the most controversial MCU movie so far.
What we know about ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ so far
Thor, as a comic book character, has had a lot of strange stories, to say the least. Unsurprisingly, just like how Marvel has adapted comic book stories into the MCU, Waititi will also be doing the same for Thor: Love and Thunder.
One of the many confirmed details about the movie is that Jane Foster will return, and not only that, but she will become “Thor.” She won’t actually be him, but rather, she’ll become “Thor” as the character, while Chris Hemsworth will still be Thor Odinson, he just won’t be the “Thor.”
If this sounds confusing, it’s because it is. “Thor” is actually a position, so when Jane Foster becomes “Thor,” she’ll just be known as “Thor” from then on. Some fans may call her “Female Thor” or “Jane-Thor,” but Waititi said that, just like in the comics, she’ll just be known as “the Mighty Thor.”
Oh, and there might be an LGBT+ character in the movie.
Why ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ may be controversial
Marvel and Disney have been very slow in adding LGBT+ characters and heroes into the movies for one reason or the other. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, having an LGBT+ character is inherently controversial, and Disney and Marvel seem to want to stay away from controversy at all costs.
Despite that though, Thor: Love and Thunder is rumored to have a trans character in the movie. It’s not clear what character they’d be playing, but the comics have a lot of trans or LGBT+ characters, such as a character named Sera. While this may be welcome news to many, it’s bound to cause controversy in some parts of the world, according to MCU fans on Reddit.
On top of that, there’s still a lot of misogyny in the world, and some people may not want to see Jane Foster becoming “the Mighty Thor.” Many MCU fans welcome this, as it adapts a storyline from the comics, but other people may not like the idea as much.
Will ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ be more controversial than ‘Captain Marvel’?
For one reason or another, Captain Marvel became the most controversial movie in the MCU, largely due to how some people reacted to what Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel, had to say. Some of these people went so far as to call Captain Marvel a villain, and some even tried to boycott the movie.
Despite these efforts, Captain Marvel was a massive hit and it made well over $1 billion. The controversy didn’t really seem to affect how the movie performed, and that’s what likely will happen with Thor: Love and Thunder. Obviously, it’s hard to compare controversies, but no matter how controversial Thor: Love and Thunder is, it has an ace up its sleeve.
Waititi won an Oscar in 2020 for adapting the story of Jojo Rabbit. Larson is also an Oscar winner, and she won for her performance in Room. So, no matter what, the MCU is in good hands, and it will probably continue to handle its characters and its stories with love and care.