5 Things I Need To See In Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder

You may as well just shut down the internet now, because it’s already been completed. Marvel have hired Taika Waititi – who’s not only the owner of a hilarious surname – but one of the MCU’s greatest directors and writers, to return to the Thor franchise.

The man behind indie classics such as What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople is set to direct Thor: Love and Thunder following his hugely successful stint behind Thor: Ragnarok. I could just kiss Taika for returning.

I could if he’d just return my calls, anyway.

Taika’s live-action adaptation of Akira will, unfortunately, have to be delayed for production on Thor 4, or as it shall rather awkwardly be read as; TH4.

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, here’s a few things I want must see in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Mainly, will this film make me dehydrate from the eyes like Endgame did?

Thor should team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy…

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor gave up reign of Asgard to join Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the Guardians. I swear to God, if this is a throwaway mention in an upcoming film, and we don’t get to see Thor wield lightning to the sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, I will find MCU HQ and say scathing things at their front door, after their security refuse me entry.

There are, however, rumours that Chris Hemsworth will make an appearance in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. Either way, I’ve already drafted a rather menacing email should the two not collaborate.

Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster should make a cameo…

Honestly, Jeff Goldblum could play a window pane, and I’d be transfixed with his performance. I thought it would be impossible to steal scenes from Chris in a Thor movie, but Jeff swans in and did it like a big ol’ scene stealing anti-impossible guy. (I’m trying to work on my metaphors, but I can barely concentrate on them, after the news of Taika’s return.)

Jeff doesn’t need a huge role in Thor: Love and Thunder – I’d be content with a post-credits scene, or – if you’re reading this – even a director’s commentary by Goldblum on the Blu-ray edition. Hell, even have him hold a boom mic on set. Just get him involved. Somehow.

Valkyrie’s bisexuality should be explored beyond a deleted scene…

Tessa Thompson took to Twitter in 2017 to confirm Valkyrie was, in fact, bisexual, writing “She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!”

According to Rolling Stone, Tessa did shoot a scene which explored her sexuality, but it was cut. It’s only taken Marvel 20 films to have a female co-lead, and 18 films for a person of colour in a leading role, so fingers crossed we see this level of progression continue.

During the Marvel Studios Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Tessa Thompson announced that Valkyrie’s story arc will revolve around her finding a queen to rule Asgard beside her. Kevin Feige also spoke about the LGBTQ representation, saying “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”

Thor’s hammer should make a return…

I’ve still got goosebumps. Firstly, because my mother refuses to turn the heating on in her house, and insists that four jumpers in very chic. I also have goosebumps from the moment it was revealed that Captain America could handle Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.

However, in Endgame, Cap took Mjolnir into the past with him, and returned without it. Much like my father every time he’d take me to the pub with him, when I was younger. I appreciate Thor has a new weapon, Stormbreaker, but Thor’s hammer is iconic, and it should somehow make a return.

How, I don’t know, but if anyone can figure it out, it’s Taika Waititi – a man who’s quite literally making a comedy movie about Adolf Hitler.

Fat Thor should get buff through a power montage…

This doesn’t even need explaining. Just. Imagine. The. GIF. Potential.

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