Taika Waititi Discusses Why He’ll Direct Marvel Movies Over ‘Star Wars’

Thor Taika WaititiTaika Waititi, the director behind the critically lauded Thor: Ragnarok is more interested in directing movies for Marvel as opposed to Star Wars films.

Waititi has been considered a breath of fresh air for comic book movie fans, as his humor and emphasis on improv have clearly worked well on Thor: Ragnarok. With his distinctive style, he’s been able to win almost everyone over, but he doesn’t think he would fit in the Star Wars franchise, due to its restrictions. Waititi discussed these sentiments in an interview with The New York Times:

That particular franchise seems really hard. There’s not much room for someone like me. Through its narrow canon, the tone of Star Wars has always been determinedly self-serious, whereas the Marvel movies, like the decades of comics they sprang from, veer wildly from high drama to low comedy. And improvisation has been a tool in every Marvel movie since Robert Downey Jr. riffed his way through Iron Man.”

For Waititi, Marvel seems more like a playground that he can adapt to easily, but Star Wars is a completely different story. In fact, with the recent firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the original directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s clear that Lucasfilm wants more directors that are serious and less likely to focus on improvisation.

The two franchises have two very different tones, so it makes sense that Waititi isn’t interested in focusing on a project that won’t let his personality ooze out.

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Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, and Jeff Goldblum.

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.

Source: The New York Times

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MCU Improve Marvel Studios has changed the way that superhero films are being structured and looked upon. They have created a series of incredibly successful films under their umbrella and moved into television with several great shows (especially over on Netflix), making them a force to be reckoned with. However, Marvel has kind of become a little too comfortable when it comes to things like taking risks.

While Marvel’s films still get great reviews and are really entertaining for the most part, they also feel like safe bets. The Marvel Cinematic Universe films don’t really feel separate and there are things the studio can do to improve upon their already-winning formula. There are many things they can reach for and it’s a great time to look at these things as we move towards the release of Thor: Ragnarok, as well as next year’s Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani is a writer and film enthusiast from Toronto, Ontario. When he isn't writing about movies, he pretends to watch them.