One could very easily argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole is in a “state of transition” of sorts. Mainly in that many of the “old guard” are stepping down so that the “new kids on the block” can take over. Iron Man is dead, and will soon be replaced in part by Ironheart, Captain America gave his shield to Sam Wilson (who earned his Captain America in his Disney+ series) and so on and so forth. And many think that Thor Love and Thunder will feature the “end” of Thor given that Jane Foster is suiting up in it as well. But is that true?
According to director Taika Waititi…not so much…if he can be believed:
“And also, it’s really fun, the idea that Thor [has] got Stormbreaker, that big axe, and now his hammer’s back and it’s in the hands of someone else,” Waititi explained. “It’s no longer his hammer. It’s the idea that someone’s taking his place. I think a lot of fans are gonna potentially assume, ‘Oh, OK, this is the passing on of the torch’… I’m not privy to any plans Marvel has for the future, but I don’t think that’s the case.”
Which makes sense, because in Marvel Comics, there have been multiple Thors, Spider-Man and currently two Captain Americas, so why not embrace two of one in the MCU when the two are clearly different?
He also talked about the love story of the film. “I wanted to embrace this thing that I was always a bit dismissive of, and explore this idea of love, and show characters who do believe in love,” Waititi said. “On paper, it feels kinds of cringy to me, but there’s a way of doing it with cool characters making a cool movie, and also having a thing that no fan ever wants in a superhero movie, which is people talking about love, and characters kissing.”
The film arrives in July.