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Taika Waititi Takes a Hammer to Thor in 'Love & Thunder'

New Zealand director Taika Waititi poses for a photo with his daughter's Matewa Kiritapu and Te Hinekahu during a red carpet event for the movie premiere of "Thor: Love and Thunder" at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney,Australia, Monday, June 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
New Zealand director Taika Waititi poses for a photo with his daughter's Matewa Kiritapu and Te Hinekahu during a red carpet event for the movie premiere of "Thor: Love and Thunder" at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney,Australia, Monday, June 27, 2022.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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New York (AP) -- To a large degree, modern blockbuster moviemaking has depended on the appeasement of fans to keep franchise juggernauts smoothly humming. But in making “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Taika Waititi had no interest in that. He approached the film from the opposite direction. What would actually make fans angry?

“I wanted to show him in a light that most Thor fans wouldn’t really want if you were to tell them,” Waititi says. “If you were to say them: ‘Yeah, I’m going to make Thor in love,’ it’s probably the last thing that a Thor fan really wants to hear.”