The latest trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder ends with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor accidentally being stripped down by Zeus. According to director Taika Waititi, that scene itself is something that he’s wanted to do since early on in the film’s development history.
“We all knew we wanted to do it from very early on. That was in the first draft of the script actually and Chris was on board as well,” Waititi joked in an interview with ComicBook. “I think you have a body like Chris, like, even he understands. It would just be a waste to not show it off.”
Waititi went on to joke that not having the scene would have been a crime and that they had to do it for the sake of the audience. “It would be a crime against humanity,” said Waititi. “You have to provide for the masses.”
Not surprisingly, the scene instantly became a talking point across social media and has added even more excitement for when the film premieres next month. Thor: Love and Thunder sees the return of MCU alums Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who is now taking on the mantle of the Mighty Thor and will be wielding the iconic Mjolnir. Oscar-winner Christian Bale will also be making his return to the superhero genre as he signs on for the villainous role of Gorr the God Butcher.
Additional cast includes franchise alums such as Jaime Alexander as Sif, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Taika Waititi as Korg, and Guardians of the Galaxy stars like Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, Karen Gillan’s Nebula, Sean Gunn’s Kraglin, and Vin Diesel’s Groot.
Thor: Love and Thunder is once again being directed by Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) from a script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great), which will be the follow-up to Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.