‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi On Working With Marvel Studios

Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t start filming until July 4th, but director Taika Waititi and a bunch of production crews are currently hard at work constructing several outdoor sets on Australia’s Gold Coast to prepare for a shoot which will last for about four months. As many of you already know, Waititi has never tackled a movie of this scale before, since all of his previous projects have been low-budget independent movies.

In a recent interview with The Verge, the director talked about his experience working on Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel Studios over the past few months and whether or not it’s been different from working on a smaller movie:

“It hasn’t been that different. So far it’s been good! I’ve been more organized, which is saying something, for a guy like me to be organized. I’m surrounded by really intelligent, amazing people. I’ve got access to great minds and great resources. So I’m at a real advantage. In terms of the studio thing, these people don’t act like a studio. They’re cool, smart storytellers. I’ve been enjoying hanging out with them. And I’ve made commercials, so I’ve worked with the worst people in the world. Nothing could be more restrictive than working with people in advertising.”

If you’ve seen What We Do in the Shadows, then you know that Waititi has a very specific style of humor. When asked if Thor: Ragnarok will truly feel like one of his movies, the director had the following to say:

“Yes, it will. Until it doesn’t. [Laughs] I don’t know, I can only hope. I’ve got to bring as much of myself as I can to this, and then see how it goes. You obviously need people overseeing the bigger picture, the next five movies or whatever. Otherwise we’d all be left to our own devices, and God knows what would happen.”

Lastly, Waititi was asked if having creative control over this movie matters to him. Here’s what he told the site:

“I don’t think it’s as important with someone else’s source material, with someone else’s stuff. I didn’t invent Thor, so I don’t feel a passionate need to have creative control over him. I wonder how Stan Lee feels about me doing a Thor film? [Laughs]”

What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing what the director has in store for us? Be sure to sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: The Verge (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.