Did China order Marvel to remove insults of its military capabilities in the movie Thor: Love and Thunder?!
Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!
Claim : China Ordered Marvel To Remove Thor’s Insults Of Its Military!
Some people, and an Indian website, are sharing an article about China ordering Marvel to remove insults of China’s military capabilities in the movie Thor: Love and Thunder?!
The article is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!
The Chinese government said in a statement on July 2 that they had to edit Marvel’s newest blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder themselves to suppress Thor’s lengthy, well-spoken monologue about why the United States shouldn’t be afraid of China’s powerless military.
“China is a feeble country that cannot support its people,” During an unrelated fight scene, Thor tells Korg. “They are weak-willed, sluggish people that the United States can easily trounce in combat. The only reason the U.S. allows them to live is out of pity and sorrow. China is a worthless, flaccid military regime that has poor and pathetic rulers asleep at the wheel. Communism does not work. Let’s go fight some more space pirates,” he added.
On why the speech was initially included, director Taika Waititi went into further detail.
“Marvel usually asks us to shoehorn in something for Chinese audiences,” Waititi said. “I thought it would be a fun wink to Chinese Thor fans if the Asgardian warrior stopped dead in his tracks, faced the camera, and broke down how China poses no threat to the United Nations and that their military is an empty threat that could easily be quashed. It’s Easter eggs like that that get the audience really feeling seen by your film.”
Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, voiced his bewilderment on China’s editing of the film.
“I’ll never understand why China makes seemingly nonsensical edits,” Feige said. “It’s just a fantasy movie about vikings, super heroes, and how China’s current missile silos couldn’t reach the West if they tried. I’ll never know why they take it so seriously, but whatever.”
Marvel revealed that China would also be removing a funny post-credits scene wherein Thor flies to Xi Jinping’s private mansion and chokes him on live television.
Truth : China Did Order Marvel To Remove Thor’s Insults Of Its Military
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created as “satire” to go viral, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : There Is No Chinese Military Monologue In Thor: Love and Thunder
First, let’s start with the fact that there is no 20-minute monologue about the Chinese military in the movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Can you really, REALLY imagine Thor speaking for TWENTY MINUTES about the Chinese military in the movie? Whatever for???
Fact #2 : China Was Never Mentioned In Thor: Love And Thunder
China, and the Chinese military, were never mentioned in the movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Fact #3 : Thor: Love And Thunder Post Credit Scene Not About Xi Jinping
Thor obviously did not fly to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s private mansion to choke him on live television. There is no reference to any Chinese person in the entire movie.
In the mid-credits scene, a recuperating Zeus sends his son Hercules to kill Thor. In the post-credits scene, Foster arrives at the gates of Valhalla, where she is welcomed by Heimdall.
Read more : Why Thor: Love and Thunder Is Likely Banned In China!
Fact #4 : Thor: Love And Thunder Still Not Approved In China
Thor: Love and Thunder was never approved in China, and will remained banned because of LGBTQ+ themes in the movie.
Fact #5 : It Is Up To Disney To Edit The Movie
The Chinese government may require edits for a movie to be approved for screening in China, but it is ultimately up to the distributor to comply with the requests, or reject them.
In this case, the Chinese government may request for the LGBTQ+ scenes to be edited out of Thor: Love and Thunder; but it is up to Disney to either comply with their requests, or reject them.
Rejecting the edits will naturally prevent the movie from receiving screening approval, but it is still Disney’s choice, not the Chinese government.
Read more : Malaysia Postpones Thor: Love and Thunder Indefinitely!
Fact #6 : It Was Just Satire
I traced the origin of this fake story to Hard-Drive – a satire website.
Even though there are no disclaimers on the entire website, or the article itself; their website appears to consist entirely of satirical content, and the article itself is clearly satirical.
However, it appears that some people actually thought that the story was genuine and reposted it on social media.
Times Now, which is part of the Times Group in India, even reposted the story on their online news portal, as if it’s genuine news!
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