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‘It’s the exact same model as Marvel comics’: Marvel Studios Exec Defends Taika Waititi, Says Picture Only Gets ‘Bigger and Bigger’ After Thor 4

Marvel has been continuously receiving criticism for forcing Marvel characters into a comic setting. One of the films that faced a lot of criticism was Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. The film was released in July 2022 and caused quite a havoc for Marvel and its fans. Fans were not happy with the humorous portrayal of the God of Thunder. Not just the film, its director Taika Waititi also got backlash for turning the superhero into a complete laughing stock. 

Taika Waititi at the premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
Taika Waititi at the premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).

While not everyone was upset with the film, most of the fandom was totally against the idea. They started bashing the director for experimenting with the film. Many even claimed that Waititi started this in Thor: Ragnarok. Now, months after the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, a Marvel executive is finally talking about how Taika Waititi came up with multiple ideas for the film and how it got a little scary for them. 

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MCU Executive Praises Taika Waititi For Thor: Love and Thunder

During his recent interview with SyFy, Andy Park, Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development, talked about what went on behind the scenes of Thor: Love and Thunder. He said working with Taika Waititi is so much fun.

Taika Waititi
Director Taika Waititi

He also talked about how Thor 3 and Thor 4 are very different from the first two movies, even with the same characters. He mentioned the portrayal of Thor in comics by different comic artists like Michael Straczynski and the late Stan Lee, emphasizing that Waititi was following the exact same model as Marvel comics.

He said, “We have four Thor movies, but the third and fourth are quite different from the first two. And yet, it’s the same character. That’s the exact same model as Marvel Comics, right? The way Stan Lee wrote Thor is quite different from someone like Michael Straczynski.”

Talking about the future of the MCU, Andy Park also said that there is so much more in the MCU. He said there is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Thunderbolts, and the picture will only get bigger and bigger.

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Taika Waitit’s and Christian Bale’s Children Involvement in Thor: Love and Thunder

Further on, he also mentioned that Taika Waititi is not scared to try something new and push the story to extreme levels, which sometimes scares the Marvel Studios’ visual team. Andy Park also talked about how they decided on the shadow monster’s look in the film. Christian Bale’s children also gave in their ideas on the appearance of the shadow monster.

He said that Waitit’s daughter drew the shadow monster. He explained, “While [Taika] was writing the script, his daughter read that part, and she’s like, “What does a shadow monster look like?” 

Christian Bale as Gorr
Christian Bale as Gorr

After which Waititi asked her to draw what she thinks the monster would look like. She drew it, and they decided to adapt it for the film. He said he saw those drawings and realized them in those creatures. He also said that Taika wanted to focus mainly on Gorr, Thor, Mighty Thor, and Gorr’s daughter Love. 

While fans may have not liked his idea with Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi is still proud of his work on the film. After seeing the success of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel decided on Thor 4.

However, with the reviews, the film has had fans doubt Taika Waititi will return with another movie. And if Waititi does return, fans are hoping to see the director back in action in the same way as he did when he first arrived in the MCU. 

Thor: Love and Thunder are available to stream on Disney+. 

Source: SyFy

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.