Love and Thunder Ending had many different versions for Gorr – The Hollywood Reporter

[This story contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.]

For screenwriter Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, landing Thor: Love and Thunder was the good news in a good/bad news conversation.

When she booked the job, she was already in line to write several Marvel Studios projects, including Black Widow and Hawk Eye. In February 2020, she learned that although she hadn’t landed her final pitch on Captain Marvel IIshe would team up with filmmaker Taika Waititi to love and thundera movie she never even pitched for.

After spending a month writing at Marvel’s Burbank headquarters, Robinson – like the rest of the world – was sent home as the coronavirus pandemic spread. Eventually, she headed to Australia, where she ran around with a laptop, reworking scenes on the fly as part of Waititi’s fluid creative process.

The film included a pivotal scene in which Gorr (Christian Bale) chooses to bring his daughter, Love (India Rose Hemsworth) back to life rather than continue to exact revenge on the gods he blames for the universe’s pain.

“There were many different versions of that final scene,” Robinson says. The Hollywood Reporternoting in some iterations they wrote, Gorr tries to get revenge, but instead love is brought back because that’s what he wants in his heart.

The screenwriter also reveals that the signature rom-com montage exploring the deteriorating relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) was an idea Waititi set up in additional photography.

Robinson, who also directed the upcoming Netflix movie Revengealso spoke to THR on the “summer camp” atmosphere of filming with the guardians of the galaxy cast and reveals that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki wasn’t on the table to return.

How did you fashion the villainous Gorr for Christian Bale?

We worked a lot in groups. [Producer] Brad Winderbaum, Taika and myself – really trying to find the right tone, where he can fit into a Taika world and be fun, but he’s also a formidable villain. His story is tragic, and you really want to make sure you don’t trivialize it and make it funny. You also want to give Christian times when he can play in the worlds created by Taika. It doesn’t have to be this depressed villain, who was also very important to Christian.

I liked the prologue, which was dark. And then at the end of the prologue you have this god who is such…

An asshole!

An asshole. It surprised me that after seeing Gorr’s daughter die, I was laughing a few minutes later.

This is the magic of Taika. It sums up everything Taika does well and what he is able to create and put on screen in a way that he can accomplish. It is unique in this sense.

(L-R): Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios. Thor: Love and Thunder.

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You and Taika have to present the cannon to James Gunn. guardians of the galaxy world. For example, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) misses Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and isn’t doing very well. How much thought does it take to enter this territory?

I’m a huge MCU fan so there was something really crazy about writing dialogue for these characters that I loved. It was about finding a balance between coming here as a true fan and someone who has respect for the MCU and all of these characters. So that Taika and I can say, “What are the parallels between these characters? What did James Gunn create? What did Taika create? Where are the parallels? and how to bring that out and use it to tap into the emotionality of this story. Looking at everything Thor has lost and everything Quill has lost, there’s a lot of overlap there. It felt like a natural place for Quill to be that voice in Thor’s head that can push him towards his arc for the movie.

Hemsworth and Pratt have a lot of charm together in these scenes. What were those days on set like?

It was the first two weeks of filming, so we started to kick things off, starting chronologically at the start of the film for Thor. It was such a fun way to start shooting this movie, having all these actors there. It was like two weeks of summer camp with the Guardians.

After dark world, I was wondering what happened between Thor and Jane. How did you and Taika settle this? I’m sure a lot of this rom-com editing came together in the edit.

It was all Taika. It’s something that Taika designed in the additional photography and they shot after they shot the main movie. There’s certainly been a lot of back and forth about what happened. What do we want to show? It wasn’t just conversations with Taika, but conversations with Chris and Natalie. Really trying to flesh out, “How much do we want to show?” How many ex-girlfriends are there against Mighty Thor? Are you really trying to find a balance between Jane’s story and what should she focus on? Something that came to the surface wanted to know more about the past of this relationship.

I loved the jealousy between Thor’s weapons, Stormbreaker and Mjölnir. What do you remember from making this?

In Taika’s first draft, Stormbreaker had a kind of personality. It was about running at it and finding exciting ways wherever we could to spice up this jealous new love by looking at the old love. It’s a love triangle. You have the love story of Thor and Jane, and then you have the love triangle of Mjölnir and Stormbreaker. Honestly, I ship it. I love it.

Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder

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There’s quite a bit of Thor and Valkyre complaining a bit about Jane, who’s new on the block as Thor. Was it important that everyone had the chance to experience these moments?

It’s all in the philosophy of the Taika Waititi screenwriting school and really want it to feel inclusive on every level and have every character shine through and subvert it in unexpected ways. There are times when Val and Jane watch Thor, especially when he walks out of town hall and back. “What are you doing?” And later, for Jane to have those moments. It’s about giving each character space to shine in a comedic way without making that character the butt of the joke. That’s what Taika does so well. Being able to create a space where everyone feels like they can make fun of each other, but it’s never malicious. It’s never mean.

How much did you work on Jane’s slogans?

We had a script and every day it was like, “Throw it out. Let’s rewrite it. Let’s rewrite it again. It was a lot of me running around with a laptop, typing things and listening. “Does it work?” Carrying a computer and thinking “I think I wrote what you wanted?” It was a very, very expensive independent film. It’s not about Taika throwing things away, it’s about everyone collaborating and really standing up and everyone having a voice.

How does onboarding Russell Crowe as Zeus change the math for you?

He is a legend. He gets picked, then it all clicks into place and you can really write about the highlights of this legend. Who do you think is a God that Thor worships? Thor is the strongest Avenger. He’s the coolest guy. How do you create someone bigger than Thor, someone even Thor is like, “Oh my God.” And obviously tearing it all up because he’s – again – an asshole. (Laughs.) And wanting to find that balance between you love to hate Zeus.

Idris Elba is briefly back. Did you play with the appearance of Tom Hidldeston? Or was it not on the table?

Never on the table as far as I understand. He is in Loki-ground. He does his own thing. They make two separate journeys.

How long did you decide on the end, bringing back Love, Gorr’s daughter?

love and thunder was always Love and Thunder. Gorr was always going to bring his daughter back into existence. There were many different versions of this final scene. There were many different versions of “Does Gorr Always Make the Choice?” Does his heart betray him? Does he go to the very last minute, “No, I want the gods to die,” but because Eternity grants your deepest desire, it’s his daughter who’s brought back? There were many different versions of how she was born, but her birth and what is brought from eternity was always the end goal.

Were you on set for the post-credits scene with Brett Goldstein as Hercules?

No, it was a top-secret situation that I didn’t know about, and I was surprised to see it at the premiere. It’s fun to come see this movie where I knew all the twists and turns, but I could always get away with saying “Holy shit!”

Jennifer Kaytin Robinson at the Thor: Love and Thunder first

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You also write and direct original ideas rather than intellectual property. Are you more focused on moving forward, or are you hoping to return to Marvel in the future?

I left Thor and wrote and directed my own film called Revenge, which will be released this fall on Netflix. I’m very “where is the wind taking me?” I’m excited to take the time and figure out what I want to do next. I like to write great films. I love to write short films. I love making movies.

Did you bring Thor to your realization?

100 per cent. I had already realised. It was my second film. I was able to learn so much from Taika on set and took so much with me. You also take the ability to be agile and adapt. To take that skill set and apply it to something that I had full control over was really great. Things go wrong on big movies, on little movies all the time. This movie I was shooting after Thor stars Maya Hawke, and Maya Hawke was also shooting stranger things. So every day was an adventure of making this movie, rewriting and changing. [Sometimes] she was stuck stranger things and could not come to us. I took the things that I learned watching Taika and working together on Thor, I was able to integrate them as plug and play on Revenge. It’s about teenage girls getting revenge. It’s that subvert, Strangers on a train, wacky high school, camp situation. I was able to take Taika’s philosophy of throwing all the toys in the toy box and saying, ‘We’re going to use it all and hold it together’ and be able to implement that on my film, which wasn’t not something you would think of using Marvel storytelling for. So it all really comes together in the most unexpected way.

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