Taika Waititi got into a little trouble with Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios after he had a three-way makeout session.
Last week, the paparazzi released pictures of Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and his girlfriend Rita Ora making out with Thor actress Tessa Thompson. The pictures show the director, 45, in Sydney throwing his arms around the “Anywhere” singer, 30, and the actress who plays the MCU’s Valkyrie, 37. The three then sport big smiles as they kiss away.
The photos found their way online, mostly on Twitter and TikTok, and got many people talking about the not-so-private moment.
TAIKA WAITITI, TESSA THOMPSON AND RITA ORA KISSING WHAT IS GOING ON OH MY GOd pic.twitter.com/oAy8pSouKN
— Zeb 🏴☠️🦇 WWDITS S4 (@captaintaika) May 23, 2021
There's a new threesome in town. Taika Waititi, Rita Ora and Tessa Thompson were spotted in Sydney having fun. pic.twitter.com/PyEZWElrVm
— Films to Films 📽🎬 (@FilmstoFilms_) May 24, 2021
Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, and Tessa Thompson in a relationship? Y'all mad, but I'm over here jealous af of Taika. Like my man really pulled two QUEENS! pic.twitter.com/ZqXfQb1ZVZ
— LivvRose 💛 (@grlbehindscrn) May 23, 2021
But according to the Daily Telegraph, Marvel executives also saw those pictures and they weren’t too happy. An insider who’s close to Thor: Love and Thunder, which finished production yesterday, said Marvel executives thought the photos were “not exactly the image they’re looking to project in relation to one of their biggest franchises.”
The insider added that despite Waititi being known as a “party animal,” the Marvel bosses thought the pictures “crossed a line.”
But what about Tessa Thompson? The actress shared that she’s “attracted to men and also to women,” in 2018. She said so while publically dating singer Janelle Monáe. The two, however, broke up shortly after.
But wait. Is she currently dating someone else? While not confirmed, there’s a rumor that Tess Thompson is currently dating the other man who was sitting on that balcony. Some photos show her kissing the man after the moment.
outlets keep talking about tessa kissing this "mystery man" on the same day as the rita ora/taika waititi makeout like he wasn't also sitting right there on that balcony!!! pic.twitter.com/uWCHcoHdYP
— internet baby (@kirkpate) May 26, 2021
But all this is just celebrity gossip. Fun celebrity gossip, but still their lives to live. When it comes to queer representation, however, it looks like Waititi and Thompson aren’t going to leave us hanging.
Back in 2019, Thompson shared during the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con that her character Valkyrie will be looking for her queen in Thor: Love and Thunder. (And let’s not forget Waititi playing gay alien Korg). Maybe, that storyline is the “Love” part of that title. We’ll have to wait and see as Thor: Love and Thunder will not debut until February 11, 2022.
Source: Daily Telegraph,