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One Change To Thor: Love and Thunder Makes It Perfect

Thor: Love and Thunder just needs one change to make it a perfect movie. There have been mixed reviews of this MCU film, but this is all it needed.

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One Change To Thor: Love and Thunder Makes It Perfect

WARNING: Spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder ahead.

The latest MCU release has made major critical and box office waves, to a surprising amount of online discourse.

The disparity in opinion over Taika’s Waititi second Thor outing; a life-affirming cosmic odyssey that is heartfelt and fully indulges in every emotion explored with its characters and their arcs, actually narratively caring about them, delivers a more meaningful experience than ANYTHING Waititi’s previous effort in Thor: Ragnarok had to offer. Love and Thunder actually allows its audience an experience they can be emotionally invested in while watching characters experience growth through fulfilling arcs.

All that said embracing flaws in our fandom is crucial to understand the art we experience and love in itself, and obviously hindsight IS 20/20, but with all my love for Thor: Love and Thunder there is one flaw that I just couldn’t overlook after four viewings.

A flaw doesn’t ruin the movie nor does it undo all the great work put into the writing of the film, it’s very focused and concise and has one singular journey that it wants to accomplish, so I would simply change ONE thing to fix this flaw.

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Mjolnir should’ve been the KEY to Eternity.

I couldn’t help but scratch my head when Stormbreaker becomes so important to the journey of Gorr the God Butcher far into the second act. Stormbreaker is an awesome weapon and was key to Thor getting his groove back in Infinity War after losing his hammer, his brother, his people and everything he once had really. But in Thor Love and Thunder, that level of narrative importance is really not carried by Stormbreaker, it is carried however… by Mjolnir.

This change won’t end up being too massive, I want the film to end playing out the same way it did in the movie we all watched, but I have two major reasons for how this would emotionally and narratively enhance the 3rd act.

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Christian Bale as Gorr in Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

First: It would challenge Gorr emotionally. Gorr is on a mission to kill every god in existence after he finds his life-time faith and devotion betrayed by the god he and his daughter once prayed to and adored, and once he comes across Jane Foster in the shadow realm he immediately understands that she is dying, much like himself; he even pities her, seeing her as yet another victim of the merciless gods who care not for her suffering, much like himself.

Gorr has no hate towards Jane, as she is not a god, there is no malicious intent towards her directly, she is merely in his way, therefore Gorr would have to be faced with the reality that his relentless pursuit of Eternity would be killing yet another innocent mortal if he needed to take from her the one thing keeping her from dying, then he’d have to face the reality that he has become a monster, cementing the seeds for the eventual payoff we do get in the climax of the film where he makes a choice out of love, like Thor.

The scene in the shadow realm can essentially play out the same, with the change that now instead of throwing Stormbreaker away, Jane throws Mjolnir, losing her Mighty Thor mode and allowing the cancer to spread. This would force Thor into a moral compromise where now he must call Mjolnir back so he can save Jane, and the film does establish that he still can call Mjolnir, yet this choice to save Jane is possibly dooming the universe.

The fight ends same, our heroes are overwhelmed and flee to Earth after Gorr stabs Valkyrie, except Gorr gets Mjolnir instead of Stormbreaker, this way our heroes still must get Jane and Valkyrie to the hospital and Thor chooses to go fight Gorr at the center of the Universe alone.

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At this point you may be asking: “well, how does Jane now get to Eternity to help Thor”. She can still do it, as according to the film all Jane needs to get there is Valkyrie’s Pegasus. Except now Jane wields Thor’s Stormbreaker, not only would it look cool but it would enhance this spat Thor is having with his jealous axe that now chooses to go with Jane as Thor took Zeus’ Thunderbolt. Once at the gate of Eternity, Jane can still harness the power of Mjolnir and once more the battle can still carry the same beats that we saw in the theaters.

However, this second change now places Jane in a position where the portal to get the kids back home is the one thing that keeps her cancer from spreading, prompting her to make the selfless choice of letting go of the extension on life that gave her power, health, purpose and reunited her with Thor who she now fights alongside. She can still get the moment where she helps Thor destroy the Necro Sword, except this time she’d do it with Stormbreaker, with Mjolnir being used to open the gates and its energy being exhausted.

Even with all these changes the film perfectly plays out the same, Gorr gets the gates to Eternity open, Jane exerts her power and vitality and ultimately dies after exhausting the power Mjolnir gave her.

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(L-R): Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

The film does a great job at making Mjolnir the connection between Jane and Thor while also having Jane’s arc carrying this poetic sense of tragedy that parallels that of Gorr’s, it’d only be fitting if her weapon ultimately connected the three characters… by being the key that Gorr needed all along.

Plus, by the end when Thor has become a father to Gorr’s resurrected daughter Mjolnir would serve as a reminder of Jane’s heroism and how ultimately Gorr chose to save the person he loved the most, and not vengeance, connecting the three arcs in a manner that maximizes its emotional potency.

Mjolnir is at the core of the conflict of our two heroes, it’s the object of hope and love that represents the connection between Thor and Jane, and it would’ve only enhanced the themes of finding meaning and love for the MacGuffin of the film that brings our heroes together to be exploited by the malicious intentions of Christian Bale’s nightmarish yet compelling antagonist, trying to turn the a weapon of hope into the tool that would enable his desire for destruction.

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Mjolnir is a defining piece of Thor’s identity, but in Love and Thunder it became much more, a symbol of unity between the God of Thunder and Jane Foster and how much they truly loved each other, it’s a symbol of hope for Jane giving her one last chance to be a hero before she sadly succumbs to stage 4 cancer, and it could’ve been the symbol that shines a light in Gorr’s eyes, making him see what he truly was after… the daughter that he desperately tried to save.

This change is one that would’ve emotionally challenged our 3three key narrative players and thematically strengthen the role of Mjolnir an ultimate weapon for good. It’s a small change, but a most worthy one.

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About Thor: Love and Thunder

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods.

To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters now!