Meet the Children Who Created the ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Villains

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Chris Hemsworth with his wife Elsa Pataky and his sons Tristan and Sasha (daughter India is not shown) and Taika Waititi with his daughters Te Kāinga o te Hinekāhu and Matewa Kiritapu.

If you’ve already seen the new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder, or seen a trailer for it, then you know that there is one main villain: Gorr the God Butcher, played by British method actor Christian Bale (who some fans will recognize in his out-of-character role from the Disney musical Newsies). However — spoiler alert! — there are plenty of evil minions to be found in the Marvel Studios film too, and director Taika Waititi and lead actor Chris Hemsworth brought their families in to help them brainstorm the monsters’ scary appearances!

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Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth pose during the filming of the Marvel Studios movie ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, which is the latest addition to the Thor franchise. The film also stars Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale. Credit: Chris Hemsworth

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine, Waititi and Hemsworth revealed that their children were instrumental in creating the shadow monsters and oil monsters in the Marvel movie. Apparently, while Taika Waititi was writing the script for Thor: Love and Thunder, one of his daughters asked him to describe the “oil monster” that he was developing. When Waititi confessed that he had no idea what an oil monster should look like, his child suggested that it be “spiky” and drew a “snakey thing” on the spot.

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Australian actor (and surfing enthusiast) Chris Hemsworth is married to Spanish actress Elsa Pataky and has three children: Tristan, Sasha, and India. New Zealand native Taika Waititi has two daughters, (Te Kāinga o te Hinekāhu and Matewa Kiritapu) and is in a relationship with British singer Rita Ora.

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After seeing his daughter’s creativity in action, the Thor: Ragnarok director told Chris Hemsworth to get his children “to do some drawings” too and share them for the Marvel Studios film. “Then we gave them to the artists at Marvel,” Taika Waititi said, “and they turned them into these rendered, wild monsters. That’s why the monsters are so weird and look so cool.”

The involvement of cast members’ children didn’t stop in the art department, however. Any interested children of Hemsworth, Waititi, their co-stars Natalie Portman (who plays Mighty Thor or Jane Foster) and Christian Bale, and “anyone [else] who had kids in the cast” were all in the Thor franchise’s newest addition too! Can you spot them in Thor: Love and Thunder (particularly during one iconic battle scene towards the end of the Marvel Studios film)?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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