Fans of psychosexual subtext in comic book movies got an early Christmas present this week, when a movie theater in Shanghai advertised the new superhero spinoff-sequel Thor: The Dark World with a poster that was actually a fan-made Photoshop job. The fan poster — a familiar image for anyone who has recently google-imaged “Thor Loki poster” and scrolled down a couple rows — shows the Asgardian god of thunder tenderly embracing his nemesis brother Loki. See image below:
The cinema removed the poster and apologized on their Weibo account. Their mistake is understandable. After all, the Thor-Loki chemistry in the mash-up is palpable, compared to the all-business Thor-Jane original. (It doesn’t help that, when Natalie Portman stands next to Chris Hemsworth, she appears to be a Photoshopped Lilliputian.) Anyhow, the poster isn’t real, but the stage is set for some Thor fan to write their own version of the Quentin Tarantino/Top Gun gay-subtext analysis. Bonus points if you can work in a tangent about the Benedict Cumberbatch Zygoma-buffing.