Star-Lord Thor and Thor Should Love and Thunder
Thor: Love and Thunder are sneaking upon us, as the fourth movie focused on Marvel’s interpretation of the Norse god of thunder is getting its first trailer just about two-and-a-half months before it comes to theaters on July 8. And it looks pretty neat. Chris Hemsworth’s version of Thor is trying to figure out his place in the universe after the universe-shaking events of Avengers: Endgame. He’s not the only one who’s got a new lease on life, as Natalie Portman’s Jane is returning as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of the female Thor already seen in the comics.
But you know what I want to focus on right now? The scene near the end of the trailer where Peter “Star-Lord” Quill and Thor are chatting. In the clip, the Guardians of the Galaxy leader tells the god of thunder, “you ever feel lost, just look into the eyes of the people you love.” As he looks at his team of galaxy guardians, Thor attempts to intercept his gaze. To which Quill says, “not me.” And Thor insists he was “just listening,” before looking away.
Do you want to know how “no thoughts, head empty” I am about the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days? I watch these trailers and let them wash over me, as my comic knowledge only goes so far, so I await the spectacle that will follow when Marvel finally puts the movie on the big screen. That’s been especially easy lately, as I didn’t know characters like Shang-Chi or the Eternals before their movies. As such, I don’t want things from Marvel movies anymore. Unlike Thor himself, I don’t know what I want these days. Spider-Man: No Way Home’s various multiverse pulls were about as close to wish-fulfillment as I have for this franchise. But you know what? I want Peter Quill and Thor to kiss.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite subset of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the game Eidos Montreal put out last year solidified that. But what that game lacked was any actual recognition of Star-Lord’s bisexuality. Will the Marvel Cinematic Universe make that jump? Probably not, even though Eternals featured a pretty significant queer love story. But Peter Quill is single right now with Gamora’s death in Avengers: Infinity War, so just let him and Thor kiss. Or any man, I don’t even care anymore.
I had stopped being invested in the Thor and Peter Quill kiss when it took me to get to the end of this paragraph, and I am no longer picky. I see Star-Lord in the proximity of a man, and I become the fictionalized version of Daniel Radcliffe seen in Bojack Horseman, egging the titular character to kiss Mr. Peanut Butter.