Thor: Love and Thunder has drawn criticism for the slapdash story and inconsistent special effects. Now that the film is available on Disney+, it’s been spotted that certain alterations were made to a sequence in which Heimdall’s son’s visage appears to Thor through astral projection. Many criticized the “cheap” appearance of the effect in the theatrical release, and it appears that Marvel Studios changed the sequence in reaction.
But whether it was shoddy special effects, screaming goats, countless gods, and some weird set pieces, they all combined to create what director Taika Waititi himself referred to as a “bonkers” film, which looked determined to push the boundaries of what fans were ready to accept. Tessa Thompson noted in an interview with Empire Magazine that a potential appearance by Jesus Christ, whom she referred to as the “Big J,” may have elevated the negative reactions to the movie to a whole new level.
“There was supposed to be a cutaway to you-know-who. Big J.”
The sequence was set to take place during Eternity, but it was scrapped perhaps because of the potential repercussions that a cameo by the Son of God aka Jesus could have had on the film, which has already received its fair share of criticism.
Taika Waititi reiterated this opinion during Empire’s interview with him and Thompson and said the original rough cut was “baths-t crazy.” The revelation of plans to include a Jesus cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder leans heavily into why he described the movie as one of the craziest movies he had ever made. He stated to the magazine:
“Well, just between [me and] you and the readers, I’ve done some crazy sh*t in my life. I’ve lived, like, ten lifetimes. But it’s the craziest film I’ve ever done. If you wrote down all the elements of this film, it shouldn’t make sense. It’s almost like it shouldn’t be made. If you walked into a room and said, ‘I want this and this and this.’ Who’s in it? These people. What are you going to call it? Love And Thunder. I mean, you’d never work again. Maybe I won’t after this.”
For better or worse, Phase 4’s goal of following up with the MCU’s characters in the wake of Avengers: Endgame and demonstrating how the repercussions has affected them was continued by Thor: Love and Thunder. The conclusion of the Multiverse Saga will undoubtedly benefit from Thor being back and ready to be a hero at the time of his most recent adventure.