However, when asked by NME whether his new film could potentially “do for GNR what Stranger Things did for Kate Bush”, Taika revealed this was a subject he felt particularly strongly about.
“You mean how they ruined Kate Bush?” he commented. “I love that show, but as someone who feels a real ownership of Kate Bush music… I’m really annoyed!
“I’ve become one of those old arseholes who’s like: ‘These kids never listened to Kate Bush, they’ve heard one song on a TV show! They don’t know Kate Bush! I know Kate Bush!’.”
However, it turns out Taika has his own personal grievance about Kate Bush’s music becoming synonymous with Stranger Things – as he’d hoped to include a sequence set to one of her songs in Thor: Love And Thunder.
“There were a bunch of Kate Bush songs I wanted to have in there,” he admitted. “We were gonna have This Woman’s Work, which was gonna be great for [a scene with] Natalie Portman’s character.
“There was actually gonna be a lot of ABBA in the film as well… I got one [ABBA song] in there, but I wanted more of an ABBA theme throughout.
“I thought it’d be funny if Thor’s favourite music was what he perceived to be a ‘Viking band’. He’d be like, ‘They’re a real tough Viking band called ABBA!’.”
Season four of Stranger Things prominently features Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill in a number of key scenes, which led to the track topping the UK singles chart almost 40 years after its initial release.
In a rare interview about her song’s new-found popularity, Kate said last month: “What’s really wonderful I think is this is a whole new audience who, in a lot of cases, they’ve never heard of me and I love that.
“The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s very special.”