Taika Waititi responds to criticism about Thor: Love and Thunder’s humor using a hilarious comic book panel providing that Thor can be funny.
Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi responds to criticism about the new MCU movie’s comedic tone with a hilarious comic book panel. Waititi returned to direct the fourth Thor film after his hugely successful Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. The film reunites Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)- now the Mighty Thor– as they team up with Korg (Waititi) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to fight Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). While Love and Thunder has already amassed over $700 million worldwide, the film has been receiving mixed reviews.
One of the most divisive elements for viewers of Thor: Love and Thunder is the film’s humor. While Waititi managed to reinvigorate Thor by adding more comedy to Ragnarok, its sequel doubles down with even more zany jokes. Plenty of viewers enjoyed the new movie’s light-hearted approach, but some criticized the more comedic tone as being excessive. As a result, debates over Thor 4‘s comedy have erupted among Marvel fans all over the internet.
Waititi responses to one such argument in a recent Twitter post. This debate began when Twitter user @cubichy criticized Waititi’s approach to Love and Thundersaying the director turned Thor into “a moron” and “a buffoon” because the Norse god of thunder wouldn’t crack jokes. Another user with the handle @HwjwhJeh defended the movie with a hilarious comic book panel captioned,”Dawg he had a dance-off with Luke Cage. Stop acting like Thor can only be one thing.” Waititi added his seal of approval to @HwjwhJeh’s tweet, saying, “Lol YES.” Check out Waititi’s response below:
The panel depicting Luke Cage lifting Thor during a dance battle seems ridiculous, but it could fit right in with Thor: Love and Thunder‘s screaming goats. Thor’s new pets somewhat embody both sides of the Love and Thunder debate. While it can be argued that the goat’s screams carry a one-off joke too far, the goats themselves did appear in both Norse mythology and Marvel comics, albeit without the screaming. Despite any negative reception to the movie’s tone, Waititi clearly did use the comic books as source material.
Waititi’s defense of Love and Thunder is unlikely to win over everyone who disliked the movie’s over-the-top comedy, but it shows that the director stands by his work. Perhaps more importantly, it also shows that the director can maintain his trademark humor even outside of his movies. Not every Marvel fan will be satisfied by Waititi’s interpretation of the comics, but Thor: Love and Thunder will still be enjoyed by many others.
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