Angry Marvel fans say new 'Thor' movie should have come with a trigger warning

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By stefan armitage

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Last week, many Marvel fans were over-the-moon when Taika Waititi's latest superhero movie hit the big screen.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest outing for the Asgardian Avenger, with lead star Chris Hemsworth once again wielding Stormbreaker to help rescue the universe from Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher.

And many viewers were delighted to see Natalie Portman return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Jane Foster.

Portman first appeared in the franchise back in 2011 as Thor's romantic love interest. She then returned as the astrophysicist in the 2013 sequel and worst MCU movie to date, Thor: The Dark World. However, 41-year-old Portman was noticeably absent from the God of Thunder's third outing, 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.

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Back in 2019, Portman told ET that she didn't appear in the movie because it wouldn't have made sense for her character to appear in space - where much of the movie was set. However, there had been rumors that the Star Wars star was unhappy over some creative differences.

Nevertheless, fans were overjoyed when the movie's trailer revealed that Portman would be back.

 Before we go any further, the rest of this article will contain spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.

However, in the first act of the movie, many fans would have been heartbroken to discover that Jane is now fighting stage 4 cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

Eventually, Jane visits New Asgard, where Thor's shattered hammer, Mjölnir, reconstructs itself and helps transform Foster into the Mighty Thor.

Sadly, Mjölnir's magic is not enough to save Jane, and she ultimately passes away at the end of the movie in Thor's arms.

It was a heartbreaking storyline to see in a Marvel movie - especially one as colorful and playful as Thor - but it certainly did provide a beautiful send-off for Portman.

But many viewers have since taken to social media to share their disappointment that Marvel did not warn fans that the movie would depict upsetting scenes of a character battling cancer.

One Twitter user wrote: "No spoilers, but Thor: Love and Thunder SHOULD have had a trigger warning for graphic depiction of cancer and the fact that we didn't know going in is atrocious."

A second added: "Thor really needs a trigger warning for us cancer patients even though I knew the story I wonder if others do."

"Dear @Marvel @MarvelStudios - we love you, we really do. But the whole cancer community wishes there was a trigger warning at the beginning of @thorofficial … this is quite the hot topic this morning on the closed chats," a third tweeted.

Sharing a personal story from their own experience in the movie theater, one viewer wrote: "So my best friends baby mama is in her early thirties and she's dying of stage 4 terminal cancer. He was invited by a friend to go see #ThorLoveandThunder today so that he could unplug amidst this difficult time. #Thor is about this exact thing. F**k you Marvel! Where's the [trigger warning]??

"When people go to a superhero movie they don't want to be reminded of life's sh**tiness. A trigger warning would've been nice, you f***ing a**holes. Now my friend is emotionally destroyed. He's crying that he can't hold his love closer. He's destroyed over #Thor F**k you Marvel!!"

And there were many others who agreed:

If you or somebody you know is battling cancer and you would like to talk to somebody about it, you can call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit Cancer.org.

Featured image credit: Album / Alamy

Angry Marvel fans say new 'Thor' movie should have come with a trigger warning

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Last week, many Marvel fans were over-the-moon when Taika Waititi's latest superhero movie hit the big screen.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest outing for the Asgardian Avenger, with lead star Chris Hemsworth once again wielding Stormbreaker to help rescue the universe from Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher.

And many viewers were delighted to see Natalie Portman return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Jane Foster.

Portman first appeared in the franchise back in 2011 as Thor's romantic love interest. She then returned as the astrophysicist in the 2013 sequel and worst MCU movie to date, Thor: The Dark World. However, 41-year-old Portman was noticeably absent from the God of Thunder's third outing, 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.

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Credit: Album / Alamy

Back in 2019, Portman told ET that she didn't appear in the movie because it wouldn't have made sense for her character to appear in space - where much of the movie was set. However, there had been rumors that the Star Wars star was unhappy over some creative differences.

Nevertheless, fans were overjoyed when the movie's trailer revealed that Portman would be back.

 Before we go any further, the rest of this article will contain spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.

However, in the first act of the movie, many fans would have been heartbroken to discover that Jane is now fighting stage 4 cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

Eventually, Jane visits New Asgard, where Thor's shattered hammer, Mjölnir, reconstructs itself and helps transform Foster into the Mighty Thor.

Sadly, Mjölnir's magic is not enough to save Jane, and she ultimately passes away at the end of the movie in Thor's arms.

It was a heartbreaking storyline to see in a Marvel movie - especially one as colorful and playful as Thor - but it certainly did provide a beautiful send-off for Portman.

But many viewers have since taken to social media to share their disappointment that Marvel did not warn fans that the movie would depict upsetting scenes of a character battling cancer.

One Twitter user wrote: "No spoilers, but Thor: Love and Thunder SHOULD have had a trigger warning for graphic depiction of cancer and the fact that we didn't know going in is atrocious."

A second added: "Thor really needs a trigger warning for us cancer patients even though I knew the story I wonder if others do."

"Dear @Marvel @MarvelStudios - we love you, we really do. But the whole cancer community wishes there was a trigger warning at the beginning of @thorofficial … this is quite the hot topic this morning on the closed chats," a third tweeted.

Sharing a personal story from their own experience in the movie theater, one viewer wrote: "So my best friends baby mama is in her early thirties and she's dying of stage 4 terminal cancer. He was invited by a friend to go see #ThorLoveandThunder today so that he could unplug amidst this difficult time. #Thor is about this exact thing. F**k you Marvel! Where's the [trigger warning]??

"When people go to a superhero movie they don't want to be reminded of life's sh**tiness. A trigger warning would've been nice, you f***ing a**holes. Now my friend is emotionally destroyed. He's crying that he can't hold his love closer. He's destroyed over #Thor F**k you Marvel!!"

And there were many others who agreed:

If you or somebody you know is battling cancer and you would like to talk to somebody about it, you can call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit Cancer.org.

Featured image credit: Album / Alamy