Love and Thunder' Originally Had More Guardians of the Galaxy

Love and Thunder’ Originally Had More Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Warning: Major spoiler below if you haven’t seen “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
  • Taika Waititi said there were more scenes with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast in the movie.
  • Ultimately, he told Insider it was decided to limit their screen time.

Since “Avengers: Infinity War” Thor has tagged along with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and for the marketing of “Thor: Love and Thunder” it seemed like that team-up was going to continue into the latest MCU movie.

However, it turned out “Love and Thunder” would mark when the Guardians and the strongest Avenger would part ways.

In the beginning of the movie Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is still with the Guardians. There’s even a funny montage of how Thor has halfheartedly helped them out since the group came together. But it was clear Thor needed a new challenge, which inspires him to set off on his own.

“The plan was always to have them in the beginning and then move on,” “Love and Thunder” writer-director Taika Waititi told Insider. “Because they have their own movie.”

The Guardians will return in their next standalone movie in 2023.

Guardians of the Galaxy in "Thor: Love and Thunder"

Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in “Thor: Love and Thunder” with Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios 2022


But Waititi did note that “there was talk about having them come back at the end” of “Love and Thunder.”

Ultimately, that didn’t happen, mostly because Marvel heroes swooping in at the end of MCU movies to help out other heroes in need of something that has been done a bunch of times before.

“No more. No more of the cavalry coming at the end,” Waititi told Insider. “So we shelved that idea. We just wanted Jane to come in at the end.”

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the ex-girlfriend of Thor, becomes Mighty Thor in the movie after she harnesses the power of Thor’s old hammer, Mjolnir. It leads to her having a dramatic moment at the end of the movie and helping out Thor.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” is currently playing in theaters.

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