Thor: Love and Thunder is a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to its dazzling colors, clever humor and heartfelt emotional moments. And that’s thanks in large part to Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Taika Waititi. Kaytin Robinson has been in some of our favorite movies and TV shows over the past few years. She created MTV’s college vigilante series Sweet/Viciousand wrote and directed the Netflix female friendship comedy A good person. His next film, Revengeis a black comedy that sees two high school girls (Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke) exact revenge on each other’s bullies.
Robinson talked about working on love and thunder with The Hollywood Reporter, where she discussed shaping the story of Gorr the God Butcher, Natalie Portman’s return to the show, and more. When creating Gorr and his origin, she said, “We worked a lot as a group. [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. Her 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.
Robinson noted that the flashbacks to Thor and Jane’s relationship happened after the film was shot, with much of their editing coming together in the edit. She said, “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 was wanting to know more about the past of this relationship.
She also touched on the love rivalry between Stormbreaker and Mjölnir, saying, “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.”
Robinson was also as surprised as we were by the mid-credits cameo, where Brett Goldstein appears 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 and see this movie where I knew all the twists, but where I could always get away with saying “Holy shit!” she joked. She also added that she had used her experience on love and thunder for Revenge, where she excerpted a page from Waititi’s book. “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 it all fit together’ and be able to implement that on my film, which was not something you’d think you’d use Marvel storytelling for, so it all really comes together in the most unexpected way.
Revenge premieres on Netflix on September 16. Thor: Love and Thunder is currently in theaters.
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