Taika Waititi Responds To ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rumors

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We’ve been hearing quite a lot about Thor: Ragnarok lately, which is slated to start filming this Summer in Australia. Recent rumors suggest that Tom Hiddleston will be back as the God of Mischief and that Cate Blanchett will be joining the cast of the movie as Hela, the ruler of Hel and one of Thor’s biggest adversaries in the comics. We last saw the former disguised as Odin in the closing moments of Thor: The Dark World and while he was originally set to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he was cut from the movie in order to not confuse the general audience.

Even though Loki is a villain, he’s also one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so many fans have been wondering about how he’s going to return, but even Taika Waititi isn’t sure about his current state and how he’s going to factor in the threequel. Speaking with Wired at the Sundance Film Festival, the director had to say the following about his role:   

At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.

However, while the director couldn’t confirm whether or not Blanchett is up for the role of Hela, he did seem pretty sure that the Academy Award winner will be a part of the cast:

Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy. Yeah, the rumor … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.

As you’ve probably noticed, the director has been making the headlines recently because of some of his comments on how he plans to approach the humor in the movie. In short, Ragnarok is “the end of all things,” so fans are expecting to see a much darker Thor movie this time around, but as you may know, Waititi is known for directing comedies. Thankfully, he also explained his thought process behind directing this movie:

Nobody knows what Ragnarok is. I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy! But that’s what I’m going to really concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing. For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything. It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to see what Waititi has in store for us? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Wired & Superherohype (via CBM)

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.