Marvel Studios director Taika Watiti lashed out at critics of his latest Marvel production by declaring that “we’re all queer.”
Interviewed by a gay advocacy publication, Watiti compared the population’s “queerness” to autism. We all are, he said, to ‘varying degrees on the spectrum.”
Disney just cannot get enough controversy. The company, which owns Marvel Studios, is behind “Thor: Love and Thunder,” and this film has stepped into the forefront of gay-obsessed Hollywood.
The buzz began early with the release of the original trailer in April. Many fans of the comic and movie franchise expressed bewilderment at how much LGBT content appeared to be spotlighted in the film. After a strong opening weekend, the Thor sequel crashed and burned in week two.
Seems that once mainstream audiences found out about the pervasiveness of the movie’s theme, they stayed home in droves.
Star Natalie Portman, who plays Jane Foster in the movie, told a London fan event that the film is “so gay.” She was interrupted by Waititi, who is not only the director but voices the character Korg. He called it “super gay.”
A clip of the moment went viral on TikTok, where it was viewed over 4.4 million times. Multiple characters, including the Rock warrior Korg, are portrayed as homosexual. He and his partner have a child, and their kind is procreated by two males holding hands.
Advocates for even more gay characters and themes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are still not pleased with the result.
One writer, Joanna Robinson of The Ringer, urged Thor fans to lower their expectations. She said she’d call it “mildly-moderately gay. A soupcon of gay. GayISH.” Some have even called the film “queerbaiting,” whatever that is.
Waititi is also at the helm of an HBO Max series about gay pirates called “Our Flag Means Death.”
At some point, Hollywood will realize that this is not the entertainment that middle America, not to mention much of the world, is craving.
Certainly there is a niche for this and seemingly everything else. But if “Top Gun: Maverick” and others have proven anything, it is that audiences will line up around the block for quality and wholesome fun.