Over the years, director Taika Waititi has been well known for his slew of critically acclaimed and eccentric indie films. The New Zealand native now makes his jump into Hollywood and most importantly spearheading one of the most anticipated and well-received comic book films of the year, Thor: Ragnarok.
Even in the midst of his transition to Hollywood, the director still retained his signature deadpan and dryly sense of humor which is not only showcased prominently in his films but also in his demeanor in real life and on social media. This is evident with how active Waititi keeps himself on his Twitter and how many diehard fans of science fiction and comic books read well into his posts.
Waititi recently spoked with Uproxx who went ahead and clarified one of his most infamous tweets where a fan questioned him in regards he would ever consider the chance in directing a Star Wars film:
“Why is it infamous? I was just saying I’d be scared I’d be fired. Look, I’m not an idiot. Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous.”
The director is, of course, alluding to the highly publicized exit of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story where the two clashed with the studio in regards to the film’s story and tone.
However, it appears as though Marvel Studios is aware that Thor: Ragnarok is in good hands as the film currently sits at a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and is poised to make a thunderous $100 million plus domestic opening.
Waititi does advise that even though Marvel did give him creative freedom with the film, he can see why most studios try to make sure their larger properties don’t trend too drastically from the established tone that garnered them success in the first place:
“But I see both sides of it. It’s such a strong, established property – you recognize it and you recognize the tone with every one of those films. So I can kind of get why, on the studio side, why they feel they have a duty to keep it a certain way. And I’ve been lucky with Thor and Marvel that they can go off in any direction they want really.”
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.
5 Reasons We’re Excited For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Guardians 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!