MCU writer and director Taika Waititi confirms that Korg joke in Thor: Love and Thunder is in fact a reference to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
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Thor: Love and Thunder writer/director Taika Waititi reacts to his latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie’s apparent Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joke. Thor: Ragnarok famously reinvigorated the Thor franchise with Waititi’s unique brand of irreverence. In addition to directing that film, Waititi played the soft-spoken, polite, and hilarious Kronan warrior, Korg—who’s inspired by New Zealand nightclub bouncers. As arguably Marvel Studios’ first romantic comedy, it was only natural Korg returned in the sequel, Love and Thunder.
Similar to his role in Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, Korg serves as a source of comedic relief in Love and Thunder. However, the film also takes some time to explore Kronan culture and procreation from the comics. Partway through the film, Korg reveals to Tessa Thompson’s King Valkyrie that he was born to two fathers as they held hands in a river of lava. Then, at the end of the film, Korg is seen with a fellow Kronan, Dwayne, holding hands and standing in a river of lava. Given the fact that Korg is a rock, who now has a partner named Dwayne, many theorized this was a reference to the former WWE superstar. Now, Waititi has confirmed Love and Thunder’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joke.
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Waititi recently took to Twitter to react to fans who have made the connection between Love and Thunder’s handlebar-mustached Kronan and Johnson. Resharing an edited photo of Johnson’s infamous black turtleneck/fanny pack ensemble, Waititi confirmed Korg’s partner sharing a name with The Rock is no coincidence. Check it out below:
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Of course, Johnson is set to join the DC Extended Universe as Black Adam in the Warner Bros/DC Films solo movie. Additionally, he voices Superman’s dog Krypto in the upcoming film DC League of Super Pets. That said, it’s not hard to imagine the actor voicing the MCU’s Dwayne in Thor 5. Not only would it capitalize on the gag’s potential but make up for how Love and Thunder broke Korg established MCU canon.
Love and Thunder’s depiction of Kronan love is faithful to the comics, in which Kronans are an all-male/genderless species. However, it’s caused a stir online as it contradicts one of Ragnarok’s funniest lines. When Thor first met Korg on Sakaar, the Kronan tells the God of Thunder how he “tried to start a revolution…but didn’t print enough pamphlets so hardly anyone turned up. Except for my mum and her boyfriend, who I hate.” That said, Love and Thunder has garnered mixed reviews for its onslaught of unrelenting jokes (particularly in its first half), which undercut many of its serious moments. Regardless, Waititi and company clearly had fun working on the film, which is more than good for a laugh.
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