Thor: Ragnarok got a whole lot more interesting the minute it brought on What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi at the helm. The film – which is the follow-up to one of Marvel’s (arguably) most disappointing sequels -is also said to be the conclusion to the character’s standalone franchise, and with perhaps one of the most skilled comedic filmmakers in the industry right now behind the camera, to say it will be taking a much different tone than fans were expecting will probably be an understatement.
Now that’s not to say the film will be a straight-up comedy because I don’t think it will be honestly, but the idea of it taking hold of its cosmic setting and embracing its Guardians of the Galaxy similarities could help to elevate it as a suitable conclusion to the Thor franchise.
While promoting his latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as well, Waititi spoke briefly about several aspects of the film, touching on Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief, Loki, Cate Blanchett’s rumored villain, and adapting the film’s comic book roots. Predictably, he can’t say much about any of it, but he commented on Loki’s return with the following (via Wired):
“At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.”
And what about Blanchett’s rumored role in the film?
“Yes. 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.”
Well yeah, who wouldn’t be happy about Cate Blanchett being in their movie? But is she playing the rumored Hela, or not?
“Yeah, the rumor … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.”
Well played, Waititi. Well played.
While speaking with Superhero Hype though as well, the filmmaker touched briefly on how he feels about approaching the film’s rather massive, and mysterious story, and how he plans on implementing it into the already existing MCU:
“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.”
For someone relatively new to the secrecy of the blockbuster world, Waititi is doing a fairly solid job at keeping his lips sealed about the project, so it looks like Marvel’s security team can rest easy for now. Out of all of the Phase Three films too, Ragnarok is still the most mysterious because no one really knows what it’s about. We know that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is going to be in it, sure, but that’s about it. Other than the cast and crew involved, Marvel has done a very good job at keeping the lid sealed tight on this one.
Considering the cliffhanger that Thor: The Dark World left audiences with as well, there’s really no telling how or where Ragnarok is going to pick up in terms of its story and characters. Considering this is one of the studio’s biggest dark horses on its slate, that’s not a bad place to be right now.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.
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