‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Poses With Michael Rooker As Yondu

Taika Waititi Yondu RookerMarvel’s Thor: Ragnarok will certainly be one of the most unique films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For one, Taika Waititi is no ordinary filmmaker. With his unique sensibilities, Waititi’s eye for directing would fit well with the quirky adventures of Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Loki in the MCU and perhaps not within a certain other galactic franchise.

When one watches the trailers for Thor: Ragnarok, it is hard not to see some of the influences that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies may have left upon it. However, that may be a bit of an oversimplification. Although both films are set within the cosmic realms of the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok features some of Waititi’s signature filmmaking techniques.

Waititi certainly has some love for his cosmic MCU neighbors. On his official Twitter account, he shared a photo of him next to Michael Rooker in his Yondu suit and makeup, humorously referring to him as “Shark Smurf”:

From the looks of this photo, it seems likely that this was taken during the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Given the timeline of the MCU, it is unlikely that Yondu would appear in Thor: Ragnarok or Avengers: Infinity War due to his eventual fate in Vol. 2. 

Also, this will be the closest we’ll ever get to seeing Yondu and Korg together in the same shot. Besides directing Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi also plays the character Korg in the highly anticipated new film.

Either way, Rooker has yet another new nickname for Yondu. During the summer, there have been endless jokes to Yondu as Disney’s Mary Poppins thanks to one of Vol. 2’s most memorable moments in which Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) laughs that Yondu looks like Mary Poppins as he hovers back down with Yondu famously exclaiming, “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!”

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, and Jeff Goldblum. Here is the official synopsis:

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.

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3rd.

Source: Taika Waititi via Twitter 

5 Reasons We’re Excited For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Previous1 of 6

Thor: RagnarokGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out on home media and Spider-Man: Homecoming has been playing in theaters for a while now, so it’s time to look forward to the next Marvel movies, the first being Thor: Ragnarok.

The trailer for the film is incredible. The vibe, the action, the set-design, the soundtrack, every element of the trailer screams, “This is a different kind of Thor movie.”

And that’s exactly what we need. Thor: The Dark World was the most easily forgettable Marvel sequel, only distinguishable from the original for its use of fan-favorite villain Loki. Thor: Ragnarok looks poised to switch up the formula, seeming more like a fun intergalactic romp than a brooding space epic.

Judging from the trailer and other positive buzz, there’s plenty of cause to be excited for Thor: Ragnarok. Here are the 5 reasons why. Click next to get started!

Previous1 of 6

Noah Villaverde

Noah Villaverde

Cinema lover. Saxophone player. Coffee consumer. Chronic complainer. Oh, I also write. #TeamHeroic