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Actress Natalie Portman last week boasted that “Thor: Love and Thunder” is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) “gayest” film to date.
Film critic Andrew Freund asked Portman, who stars in the movie, if it is “the gayest movie ever made in the MCU?”
“I love that reading of it,” the actress responded with a smile. “Yes, I love that.”
“I mean, you’re flying on rainbows, or am I imagining it?” Freund asked.
“I mean, that is the core of the comics,” Portman argued. “I feel like that’s where it all started. It’s very true to the source material, I think.”
Freund later gushed that he “thought the movie was awesome,” adding, “and I loved how gay it was!”
A rather rough review of the film published by The Hollywood Reporter noted the so-called queer inclusion in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is set to hit theaters on Friday.
“Even the inclusion of queer characters — Valkyrie pines for the love of her lost warrior sister; Korg reveals that his species mates with other males to make baby rock monsters — seems more like pandering representation than anything vitally grounded in the storytelling,” film critic David Rooney wrote.
Rooney said the movie “feels weightless, flippant, instantly forgettable, sparking neither love nor thunder.”
Staying in the same “diversity” vein, Freund asked Portman in the same interview how she felt about “little girls wearing ‘mighty Thor’ costumes.”
“It’s incredible, it’s such a privilege to be in that world,” the “Black Swan” actress said, The Direct reported. “And it’s so wonderful also, to be in an era where there’s so many female superheroes that I think girls don’t have to be like, ‘Oh, there’s one girl one and that’s the one I am.’”
“There’s like so many that they can choose from and relate to based on their personality, or their you know superpowers, or even their weaknesses that like they can figure out who they fit with as a human, and not just feel like they have to find their demographic like, you know, alignment,” the 41-year-old added.
Notably, Disney/Pixar injected a gay kiss between two female characters in “Toy Story” spinoff “Lightyear.” The kids movie underperformed at the box office, bringing in a total of roughly $51 million in its three-day opening.
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