Love & Thunder Theory Reveals the Return of Loki’s Weirdest Character
The Loki series featured the weirdest variant of Thor yet, and the trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder hints that this variant of Thor will return.
The Thor: Love and Thunder The trailer promises a plethora of new challenges for Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and many theorize one of the weirdest characters, who first appeared in Loki, will make an appearance. Thor is a unique Marvel property in that it has easy access to the MCU’s earthly setting in New York, the space setting in Sakaar, and the magical setting of Asgard. With these three settings, almost anything is possible in Thor: Love and Thunder. Among these possibilities is the appearance of a certain amphibious version of Thor.
Throg, the frog version of Thor, first appeared in The Mighty Thor comics, issue 364, in which Loki turned Thor into a frog. This Frog Thor led other Frog Warriors into battle and even passed some of his power onto a human named Simon Walterson (aka the Mighty Throg), who was first turned into a Puddlegup Frog by a witch. Frog Thor made his first MCU appearance on the Disney+ show Loki. When the L1130 variant Loki (Tom Hiddleston) visits The Void out of time in Loki season 1, episode 5, “Journey Into Mystery”, there’s a brief glimpse of Frog Thor trapped in an underground pot as he desperately tries to retrieve his Mjolnir, which is just out of reach.
The Frog Thor Theory (via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki) explains that Thor: Love and Thunder will feature several variations of Thor, including Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and potentially Beta Ray Bill. As the MCU’s multiverse expands, it’s likely that every hero’s variant storyline from the comics will be explored at some point. That fact, combined with the director’s (Taika Waititi) directing style, paves the way for Frog Thor to make a cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder. Including Frog Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder logical because it has already appeared in Loki. Chris Hemsworth even voiced the frog version of Thor. The MCU had already tried animal versions of their characters when they showed Loki teaming up with his Alligator variant in OKi, season 1, episode 5 “Journey Into Mystery”, so Thor is likely to do the same. There was even a deleted scene from Loki season 1, episode 1, “Glorious Purpose”, in which Frog Thor defeated Loki in a flashback, demonstrating that more can be done with the character.
Phase 4 of the MCU expanded the multiverse and introduced its characters to variant versions of themselves. Loki encountered a plethora of his variants in the void out of time. Spider-Man met his other cinematic variants in Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness features both Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) battling their alter egos across different timelines. The precedent of variants set in other MCU films and the multiple Thors featured in the Thor: Love and Thunder The trailer implies that Thor will be up against different versions of himself. Since Frog Thor has already made an appearance, it would make sense to include him among the Thor variants that appear in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thor love and thunderTaika Waititi’s director is also the perfect person to fully capitalize on the character of Frog Thor. Taika’s cinematic style is characterized by madness, humor and strangeness. Developing the character of Frog Thor would be in line with Taika’s quirky creative interpretation of Thor. Although Frog Thor does not appear explicitly in the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer, the precedent created by the Loki show and multiverse expansion in other MCU films imply that Frog Thor/Throg will appear in the film as a surprise cameo. With the previous inclusion of characters like Howard the Duck, Rocket Raccoon, and Alligator Loki, it makes sense that the next animal version of a hero to appear in the MCU would be Frog Thor. Thor: Love and Thunder holds many surprises, and on July 8, audiences will find out if Frog Thor is one of them.
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