Thor: Love and Thunder is a "Full-Blown Love Story"

Romance has never been the strongest element of the MCU’s Thor solo movies—so much so that, when Thor: Ragnarok wrote out Thor’s central love interest, Natalie Portman’s scientist Jane Foster, no one really cared. This is why it’s so damn impressive that Taika Waititi, the director and co-writer of Thor: Love and Thunder, plans to go hard-core romance for the Phase 4 flick.

Don’t worry. Waititi knows it’s kind of a wild idea: “What I wanted to do from the beginning was to ask: ‘What are people expecting the least from this franchise?’ Oh, I know – a full-blown love story!” Waititi told Wired earlier this week. The Kiwi director, who also helmed Ragnarok, has never been one to do the expected.

Waititi (who didn’t write the script for Ragnarok) co-wrote the script for Thor: Love and Thunder alongside Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who seems like the perfect teammate for Waititi. Like Waititi, the Sweet/Vicious creator Robinson is talented at balancing many tones, especially humor and heart, in her work. If anyone can turn the Thor franchise into a proper love story, it’s these two. Last year, Waititi told BBC News of the “very romantic” script: “I want to make something that I’ve never done or never cared for. I would like to attack something like that.”

While plot details of Love and Thunder are still mostly under wraps, we do know the film will serve as a Lady Thor origin story of sorts, and that it will adapt elements from Jason Aaron’s run on the Mighty Thor comic book. In that storyline, Thor has become unworthy and Jane, who is battling cancer, picks up Mjolnir and gains Thor’s powers. The only catch? Every time she becomes Lady Thor, she loses the benefits of her cancer treatment. If she continues to be Lady Thor, she will most likely die from cancer.

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