Taika Waititi on the inspiration behind Thor’s new monsters and why Natalie Portman wanted to return to the franchise

Director Taika Waititi was writing the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder movie when his young daughter looked over his shoulder and asked, “Daddy, what’s a shadow demon?”

Waititi had no idea.

Waititi took the shot at work and the development team created a 3D rendering that would eventually become the monster seen in a pivotal scene with actor Christian Bale, who plays the antagonist Gorr the God Butcher.

Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi behind the scenes of Thor: Love and ThunderSupplied: Walt Disney Studios

Realizing it was a good idea, Waititi asked Bale’s kids and Natalie Portman’s kids (who plays Mighty Thor/Jane Foster) to do the same, eventually designing many of the monsters from the movie.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth Thor film and the second to star Waititi after the critically acclaimed 2017 Ragnarok.

For this film, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor goes through a sort of midlife crisis, where he feels a little lost and wonders what he wants to do.

His ex-girlfriend, Jane Foster, comes into the picture, she’s transformed into Mighty Thor and wields Thor’s original hammer Mjonir, further complicating matters.

A white woman with curly blond hair wears a blue chrome suit of armor and a red cape, while a blond man wears the same in the background.
Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth Thor film and the second to star Waititi after the critically acclaimed 2017 Ragnarok.Delivered: Disney

“It just made sense – Jane Foster in the comic books is so strong and she’s really the love of his life,” Waititi said, adding that he wanted to bring Jane back in a meaningful way that would develop the characters.

“It was really cool to see her holding the hammer and being a superhero this time.”

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