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Thor: Love and Thunder Director Taika Waititi in Hot New Controversy for Stealing Designs From 1985 Star Wars Animated Series

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Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder has received a lot of negative reviews ever since its release, with many regarding the multiple controversies and more with the humorous edge towards the film itself. Now with it being available on Disney+, the movie has given an even bigger audience access to its comedic approach to both Thor and the story itself.

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

Every creature in the movie has its unique design and its unique individuality as well. With the better quality available for viewers to analyze the movie even more critically. To no one’s surprise, fans did find more intricate details in the movie that may not work in Taika Waititi’s favor.

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Taika Waititi Used Designs From Old Star Wars Series

Thanks to fans who love to spot every detail in movies and television shows, some fans spotted that the owls in Thor: Love and Thunder were very similar to creatures in Star Wars Vintage: Droids. The creatures in question both look the same and are owls that are much larger and grander, having similar beaks and eyes as well.

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YouTube channel @For The Lore spotted the similarities between the two

This only adds up to the list of issues that Taika Waititi has faced with the release of his film as the criticism surrounding it only seems to grow. The creatures in question were just brown owls who had appeared only with minimal roles and could have easily been missed. However, some fans say otherwise, many even stating that he did so on purpose.

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Taika Waititi’s Homage To Old Childhood Cartoons

In an interview, Taika Waititi specially stated that Thor: Love and Thunder was made to pay homage to old childhood cartoons and animations as well as comic books and movies of the same. Fans even pointed out how the creatures don’t look the same, perhaps it being only a view of perception instead of actual copying of designs.

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A still from the movie Thor: Love and Thunder

Although creators often borrow and take inspiration from others’ designs, by the looks of it, Taika Waititi might be facing the wrong end of the stick in this case. Many even pointed out how he copied the cave troll sound from Fellowship of the Ring, as well as the Nazgûl screech. On another angle, as both the MCU and Star Wars are owned by Disney, it does not really count as stealing at all.

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Supporters of Taika Waititi state that this is perhaps just another way to make the director look bad when he has not really done anything besides take inspiration.

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Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.