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Thor: Love and Thunder: behind the scenes

Writer/director Taika Waititi discusses his on-going inclusion of First Nations culture into his latest blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder.

In Thor: Ragnarok writer/director Taika Waititi inserted nods for Australian and New Zealander audiences and did the same with his next big budget Marvel epic Thor: Love and Thunder.

“I’ve got a Maori God in there. I’ve got a few Maori references dispersed throughout,” Waititi explains. “One of the coolest things we’ve got is this big cloak that Thor is wearing at the beginning of the film… The whole thing was designed by Otis Hope Carey who’s a fantastic Aboriginal artist.”

In this behind-the-scenes video, Waititi talks about having six First Nations director’s attachments shadow him on set including Josh Sambono, Izzy Khan, Jon Bell, Bjorn Stewart, Chantelle Murray and Jack Steele. He also speaks to respecting Welcome to Country wherever you film and advice for young filmmakers in using their own voice in their projects.

Thor: Love and Thunder is released in cinemas nationally from 6 July 2022.

The production was supported by the Australian Federal Government through its Location Incentive grant and Screen NSW’s Made in NSW fund.