‘Love and Thunder’ & Guns N’ Roses: Taika Waititi describes how “rock album covers” influenced new ‘Thor’ movie

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If you ever saw an album cover that you thought would make a great movie, you and Taika Waititi are on the same page.

At a recent press event, the director for the new Thor sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder, shared how the music from bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica shaped the aesthetic of the film.

“We wanted it to be this bombastic, loud, colorful palette, which kinda reflected spray-painted panel vans in the ’80s and rock album covers,” Waititi said.

That influence is even found in the Love and Thunder title treatment and logo, which Waititi wanted to look like something he might’ve “drawn on my school book in class when I wasn’t listening.”

“I remember spending months and months perfecting the Metallica logo,” Waititi recalled.

Anyone who’s seen the Love and Thunder trailer shouldn’t be too surprised, as it’s soundtracked by the GN’R classic “Sweet Child o’ Mine.”

“Guns N’ Roses is one of my all-time favorite bands,” Waititi says. “To be able to use that stuff to reflect the crazy adventure that we’re presenting visually was another one of my dreams that came true.”

Thor: Love and Thunder premieres in theaters Friday, July 8. It’s produced by Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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