Thor: Love and Thunder trailer has Chris Hemsworth do the splits, sort of

Taika Waititi’s movies in the Thor franchise have taken a decidedly ‘80s approach. There’s an emphasis on neon coloring, a sense of humor akin to many action comedies from the era, and the new trailer, released Thursday, is even set to the 1987 Guns ‘N Roses classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

There’s a different ‘80s-inspired part of the trailer that caught my attention, though: Chris Hemsworth’s pretending to do the splits. Clearly influenced by Jean Claude Van Damme’s incredible exploits, we see Thor jumping up in the air to intercept two speeding vehicles heading towards him, holding them in place with just the power of his legs.

Image: Warner Bros.

Here’s the thing, though: Van Damme actually did the splits in his movies, and this is pretty clearly a stitched together CG effect, a tactic Marvel productions rely on heavily. While the homage is admirable, it does not have the beauty and authenticity of the original.

Van Damme is an outstanding performer of his generation. He uses his body in thrilling and engaging ways. This feels like a lost opportunity to recreate that magic.

We’ve talked about the fun time Van Damme’s Lionheart This movie is on our top 10 list of best movies about martial arts that you can see at home. Day of Reckoning for the Universal Soldier Here’s a list of top thrillers to watch at home. Bloodsport, In the above image, This timeless classic can be viewed for free on Tubi and Pluto TV. Sudden Death Van Damme, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mascot, is challenged in this hilarious and silly game.

Here’s my plea to Disney: Chris Hemsworth needs to learn to do the splits. If you want to bring back that ‘80s action star energy, bring it All the way back.

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