Thor: Love and Thunder could be banned in thousands of theaters

As the world prepares for the fourth installment in the Thor Franchise, The Walt Disney Company, and Marvel Studios could all have another cinematic crisis on their hands.

Thor winks at Valkyrie and Mighty Thor
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This week marks the release of Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) directed by Taika Waititi. The new film brings Chris Hemsworth back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thor Odinson and sees the lovable god of thunder with fan-favorite team the Guardians of the Galaxy, his ex-love Jane Foster aka Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman) and King of New Asgard, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson).

Chris Pratt and Thor
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With the plethora of MCU TV shows as well Black widow (2021), Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), eternal (2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) it’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since fans last saw Hemsworth’s Thor on the big screen.

Thor and Star-Lord argue
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Avengers: Endgame (2019) saw the Asgardian God team up with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). ), and it seems so Thor: Love and Thunder will continue the narrative while introducing a new villain to the live-action Marvel Universe, Gorr the God Butcher, played by Batman icon Christian Bale.

Christian Bale as Gorr
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Thor: Love and Thunder will likely deliver a big box office, especially since Thor: Ragnarok (2017) has become such a cult classic in the MCU. In an industry still recovering from widespread shutdowns caused by the pandemic, films like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesshave all delivered huge box offices, with the first two reaching over $1 billion worldwide.

Andrew Garfield (left), Tom Holland (center) and Tobey Maguire (right)
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However, Thor: Love and Thunder could be suffering in the same way as several other The Walt Disney Company projects in recent months.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige once promised MCU fans that Valkyrie’s sexual orientation would be explored in future sequels. Since then, the superhero studio has done more with its inclusivity agenda; last year Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was confirmed as bisexual in the MCU canon while Chloe Zhao’s eternal featured the franchise’s first male/male kiss and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness depicted America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) with two mothers.

Sophia Di Martino as Lady Loki Sylvie (left) and Tom Hiddleston as Loki (right) in the Loki series on Disney Plus
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For most of these, Marvel Studios has been banned from releasing their films in certain markets, namely Saudi Arabia, which has been both eternal and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness were shunned for their LGBTQ+ content. Well while questions around Thor: Love and Thunder‘s focus on LGBTQ+ characters like King Valkyrie is still in demand, it seems gate 4 could go the way the aforementioned films like Waititi, Thompson, and Portman revealed that the MCU film is actually “super gay.”

Taika Waititi with Chris Hemsworth on the Thor set
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At the London premiere of Thor: Love and Thundera viewer asked the director and the leading actresses how gay the new thing was Thor movie was. The three shared a giggle before Portman said it was “so gay,” which Waititi was quick to echo, declaring his second MCU film was “super gay!”

@Zachaniff on TikTok picked up the question and you can see it here.

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Chris Hemsworth (L) and Taika Waititi (R)
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Fans will have to wait and see what direction Waititi takes his latest film when it screens on July 7 ahead of its official release on July 8, 2022.

Thor: Love and Thunder is part of Marvel Phase Four and will be followed by Ryan Coogler’s later this year Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022).

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