Thor: Love and Thunder (76%) has arrived on Disney Plus, and fans have been able to enjoy this action-packed adventure once again. In the film, the God of Thunder must face a formidable enemy, Gorr the Butcher of the Gods, played by Christian bale (American Psycho (67%), The Empire of the Sun (70%), Hostiles: American Violence (81%)), who is controlled by the mysterious Necrosword, which makes him travel to the center of the universe to make a wish to Eternity, an entity of immeasurable power.
One of the most interesting scenes is when Thor and his friends travel to Omnipotence City and find a room full of gods, from some awesome to some very funny (like Bao, God of Dumplings), but the scene could have been so much more controversial if the filmmaker had been allowed to include Jesus Christ, and in a recent interview he confessed that this was the plan.
Jesus Christ is the central figure of Christianity, although he also appears as a prophet in the Islamic religion, and is a highly respected figure in other religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Given that there are at least 2.4 billion people on the planet who consider themselves to be believers in some form of Christianity, and among these are some very fanatics, it was a risk Marvel couldn’t take.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 the actress Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, mentioned that we almost see the “god of carpentry,” a reference to Jesus Christ, who, according to tradition, was a carpenter. Waititi confirmed it with these words (via The Direct):
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In addition to omitting Jesus Christ, many deities and prophets were left out of the picture, for various reasons. For those who want to see a fantasy world where Jesus Christ, Buddha, and a huge number of gods do appear, they can watch the anime Record of Ragnarok (Shūmatsu no Valkyrie), whose first season is available on Netflix.
Despite Thor: Love and Thunder is far from a box office flop, it grossed less than Thor: Ragnarok (92%) and divided opinions. The film is entertaining and has some memorable moments, but overall it’s pretty expendable when compared to other installments where the God of Thunder appears. After Thor: Love and Thunderphase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will only release one more film, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverwhich arrives in theaters in October.
This phase 4 has been divisive in general, except for the first series that premiered on Disney Plus in 2021, since WandaVision (95%) until What If…? (84%)as well as Moon Knight (87%)this year, what has been seen the most are complaints from fans against Ms Marvel (100%) Y She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (79%)Although some claim that these criticisms are motivated by misogyny, but be that as it may, they have not been as successful as the previous ones. As for the movies, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (95%) Y Spider-Man: No Way Home (92%) were very well received by the fans, but Black Widow (87%), Eternals (58%), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (88%) Y Thor: Love and Thunder They have left mixed reviews.
Next year phase 5 of the franchise will begin with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniaand hopefully this time the fans are satisfied and Marvel Studios recovers the glory of its best times during the Infinity Saga.
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