Wokeness is nothing new in the modern age of movies. Unfortunately, an industry that was once a staple of American culture has become nothing more than a propaganda machine of the left. Disney has become one of the most prominent promoters of wokeism, as seen in a trailer for its new movie “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
The fourth installment of the Thor franchise is a blatant example of companies producing woke movies that harm American culture. Thor Love and Thunder emasculate its male protagonist Thor, played by Christopher Hemsworth, to serve the woke mob. Bounding Into Comics writer John F. Trent criticizes the new film for disrespecting the characters for the sake of crass jokes. In the trailer, Thor is depicted as weak and hung up on his ex-girlfriend, who has the same title as Thor in the trailer. “From there, the trailer gets even more cringe as it depicts Thor as a man pining over Foster as he knows how long it has been since they broke up down to the day,” writes Trent. The trailer gets worse as, for a cheap laugh, the god Zeus flicks off Thor’s disguise, leaving Thor completely nude and disrespected.
Since the earliest days of cinema, films with male protagonists used to be respected and strong. In the 1980s, the stereotype was every male hero was a buff man with a tough attitude. There were no quirky one-liners but good characters that embodied masculine virtues that were respected. Unfortunately, modern cinematic male heroes do not reflect those traits but instead are treated like jokes for entertainment sakes. The new Thor trailer is another example of woke companies attempting to destroy the classic male hero archetype for cheap jokes. This trailer follows the blockbuster hit movie “Avengers: Endgame,” which depicted Thor as a fat, beer-drinking, depressed man instead of a strong, determined, and courageous man. Once again, another example of woke movie studios making their once heroic characters weak to appease their woke base.
It’s not surprising. Marvels Studios President Kevin Fiege wants diversity and wokeness to be the norm in Hollywood, and the new Thor movie is not any different. “Looking at the remarkably positive experiences we've had making sure that the room where it happens is not a room full of people that all look the same,” Fiege said “When that's not the case, when there are people from various backgrounds and genders, stories are better.” According to Fiege, diversity comes before quality stories.
While this issue may not seem inherently important, movies play an enormous role in the culture war. For better or worse, many turn to film for lessons about life, so when movies promote a woke agenda, more will support woke policies. Cinematic heroes used to inspire a young generation of men to be better. Now movies like “Thor: Love and Thunder” show that the strong, silent types are long gone.