Thursday 14 July 2022

‘Should Have Had A Trigger Warning’: Marvel Fans Fight Over New Thor Film’s Chemotherapy Scene

 Fans of the Marvel films are divided about a chemotherapy scene in the new hit film “Thor: Love and Thunder,” with some clamoring for a “trigger warning” and others deriding the protesters for their squeamishness.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” premiered on July 8; it features a scene in which actress Natalie Portman, who plays Thor’s love interest scientist Jane Foster, undergoes chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 cancer.

“’No spoilers, but Thor: Love and Thunder SHOULD have had a trigger warning for graphic depiction of cancer and the fact that we didn’t know going in is atrocious,” one fan wrote on social media.

“Cancer is way too common of a trigger and when they show it that graphically with that much imagery and dwelling on it and talking about it that much… you need to be warned especially for a Marvel movie which people go to for escapism. And shouldn’t have to read the comics,” the fan concluded.

That fan was echoed by another who chimed in, “’Been through treatment twice and I’ve got such bad PTSD from it. I’m glad I knew the plot so I can skip it!”

Two other fans agreed, commenting, “Stop misinterpreting and spreading misinformation. These are really sensitive issues and can trigger people. I panicked until I knew the context. PLEASE!” “Thor really needs a trigger warning for us cancer patients even though I knew the story I wonder if others do.”

But other fans took issue with the idea of a warning, including BBC journalist Josh Rom, who contended, “So I watched this last night, HONESTLY … you want trigger warnings? FILMS TELL STORIES. Get the help and therapy you need but don’t blame the movie for a touching storyline … JHEEZ!!.”

Other comments that agreed with that perspective:

“As a cancer survivor, I find this extremely stupid.”

“Trigger Warnings? Seriously? Are people that weak minded that you can’t deal with a dramatic scene It’s not like this is the first movie to do this. How stupid.”

“LOL at these kids crying about the new Thor movie not having a trigger warning, reading what was upsetting… how come nobody was fussing about the opening scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1?”

Disney has placed warnings on classic films such as “Peter Pan,” “The Aristocats,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” Disney has written. “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”

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