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Here’s the amazing reason why Thor: Love and Thunder has space goats

Published Jun 27th, 2022 9:44PM EDT
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) aboard the goat ship.
Image: Marvel Studios

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Thor: Love and Thunder arrives on July 8th, with Marvel having hosted the red carpet premiere a few days ago. On the red carpet, all of the stars of Love and Thunder discussed the film ahead of its premiere next week. That includes Star-Lord, aka Chris Pratt, who shared a surprising detail about the space goats we’ll see in Thor: Love and Thunder.

It’s a minor spoiler for the film that explains the silly reason space goats drive Thor (Chris Hemsworth) around in that boat. If you’re dying to know, you should know that some spoilers will follow. But they won’t ruin your Love and Thunder experience.

What are the names of Thor’s goats?

We’ve known Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder for a while now, as the Love and Thunder Lego sets revealed months ago that Thor will use this particular type of space travel.

Then the Love and Thunder trailers and TV spots arrived, confirming said chariot and the goats. In recent clips, Marvel showed us how Thor and the Guardians discover the goats, implying that the goats will get on the Milano ship, breaking things in the process.

While we only got a few glimpses at the goats, it’s safe to say that they’ll provide plenty of comedic relief, in addition to ferrying Thor and Co. through space. From other scenes, we know that Jane (Natalie Portman) will also be on that boat.

The reason why Love and Thunder has goats in it

Fans of the comics already know of Thor’s goats. Having them in the MCU is another excellent Easter egg that Marvel can deliver. After all, Love and Thunder is a space adventure where we’ll see plenty of traveling from one place to another. Thor can’t borrow ships from the Guardians again, so the space goats make plenty of sense.

That’s the simplest explanation that comes to mind until you see Chris Pratt’s interview on the red carpet. That’s where the Guardians and Love and Thunder explained how Taika Waititi came up with the goats.

“I remember Taika was like — you know, won’t do his impression, but he’s like — you know, he just wanted — he just wanted to stick James [Gunn] with some goats,” Pratt said. “He was like, [mimicking New Zealand accent] ‘I’ve re-written the script, mate, and you know, I decided to put some goats in there and see what he’s going to do with them.’”

“So like James has to pick up to where Taika left off, and he stuck us with some space goats,” Pratt concluded.

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Love and Thunder trailer
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Love and Thunder trailer. Image source: Marvel Studios

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 spoilers

Like I said, the Love and Thunder goats revelation delivers some spoilers, but not for Thor 4. Pratt’s remarks tell us that the Guardians will be stuck with the goats. That means Thor will have to abandon them for some reason in the movie. It’ll be interesting to see how the Guardians deal with them.

Also, Pratt’s revelation implies that the action in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 takes place after Thor 4 in the greater MCU timeline.

But all of that is already factored into Gunn’s script. Later in the interview, Pratt said they wrapped Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which means principal shooting is done. The movie will hit theaters on May 5th. But you can watch Pratt’s Love and Thunder interview about Thor’s space goats below.

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Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.