Thor: love and thunder it’s too comical, so much so that some Marvel fans don’t like Taika Waititi’s latest adventure. But the movie tackles a number of serious issues, though mostly from humorous angles. We are looking at love, cancer and religion. The latter is a significant element of the film, and it could be polarizing. But Marvel’s latest superhero movie highlights a major religion-related plot hole that some people say could ruin the MCU going forward when it comes to the afterlife.
Before we can explain to you, you should know that major spoilers follow belowespecially from love and thunder. you better see thor 4 before reading on.
Marvel’s Religion Plot Hole Isn’t What You Might Think
love and thunder delivers one of the most unexpected and brutal openings for an MCU adventure in recent memory. We see Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) losing her daughter despite begging her god to save her from her. When he finally meets said god, Gorr denounces his religion and proceeds to kill the god he once worshipped.
That very idea could be seen as dangerous by various churches and religious groups in our society. Shave a few hundred years off of human history, and you might find churches ready to accuse someone of heresy for denouncing God. But defying real-life religion isn’t the big plot hole in Marvel’s MCU.
Gorr then went on a god-slaying rampage that Marvel decided not to include in the final cut of the film. But many gods died throughout the universe. We later see that all the gods have gathered at the Council of the Divinities in Omnipotence City, with Zeus (Russell Crowe) presiding over the meeting. That’s where we see many gods that the people of Earth and other planets might have prayed to, or even served.
This opens up the idea that there is no right or wrong religion, and that people are free to serve whatever god they choose.
But Marvel is one step away from having to explain how the one God and Jesus would fit into this pantheon of gods. If Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hercules (Brett Goldstein) exist in the MCU, is Jesus a superhero too? Believe it or not, this is also not Marvel’s biggest MCU religion and afterlife plot hole.
love and thunder it exacerbates a problem that has something to do with the afterlife in Marvel’s MCU. And the prospect of the resurrection.
The afterlife in the MCU is a big deal
love and thunder offers two different developments of life after death. First, Gorr asks Eternity to resurrect his daughter, Love. We still do not fully understand how this is possible. And we have yet to learn how big Eternity could be as a “god.”
Second, the film shows Jane (Natalie Portman) dying and going to Valhalla, where Heimdall (Idris Elba) meets her. This afterlife world features many souls who have fallen in battle. It’s weird seeing Jane make it to Valhalla, since she’s technically not an Asgardian. Also, she might have believed in a different god before she died.
Also, the rules to enter these ancient places are not clear. Since Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) died in battle, shouldn’t they have reached some sort of Valhalla? Maybe the Valhalla? Then there’s Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who was killed in battle during infinity war. He should be there too.
Valhalla’s mere existence implies that some of the souls could one day be resurrected through rules that Marvel has yet to explain. After all, Love was resurrected after her death.
This is the big plot hole of Marvel’s religion for the MCU. Some people are saying that it could ruin the MCU. There is simply no uniformity when it comes to the afterlife.
Valhalla is just the tip of the iceberg
We’ve been looking down the road love and thunder handles life after death from the perspective of Asgardian religious beliefs. But the MCU delivered other afterlife settings with the same problems as Valhalla.
moon knight introduced Aaru, the Field of Reeds. That is a place where the soul goes after death. And we saw in the TV show that the soul can be resurrected, at least a part, of Aaru. The gods of Ancient Egypt dominate that dimension of life after death. And some of them might have been present at the Council of the Deities.
So we have the Ancestral Plane in Black Panther and the Wakandan god Bast, who was also present in Omnipotence City in love and thunder. To get to the Ancestral Plane, you must either die or consume a special type of herb to be able to talk to your ancestors.
Why is religion such a huge plot hole for Marvel’s MCU?
The point is that every Marvel deity we can find in the MCU will have their own religion and corresponding version of the afterlife. And every other lifetime has different ascension rules. And different resurrection rules, if any. Once again, the resurrection of Aaru and Love proves that you can be resurrected from Marvel’s afterlife.
We can think of these afterlife universes as single dimensions where the soul resides. Similarly, Celestials possess a sizable collection of Eternal souls that they can always use to restart dead Eternals. But those “souls” sit in memory banks instead of something like Valhalla.
Whatever the case may be, there should be a scientific explanation and somewhat uniform set of rules for everything related to religion in the MCU, as well as the afterlife.
It may seem like magic, but it should be advanced science that can explain how Jane’s body turned into gold particles in love and thunder after dying in battle. And how he got to Valhalla.
By the way, why did Jane’s death resemble Odin’s in ragnarokeven though Odin didn’t die in the battle?
We also need to understand who decides where a superhero’s soul goes after death, so any resurrection using religion and the afterlife makes sense. Would all dead heroes qualify to reach the afterlife? Y wakanda forever he will probably tell us that villains are also entitled to an afterlife experience.
For example, where would Tony Stark’s soul be? Would he go to Valhalla, the Ancient Plane, Aaru, or some other version of Heaven? What about Thanos (Josh Brolin)?
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