‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Enlists A Very Unlikely Director

By October 2, 2015

Coming out of left field, a report from The Wrap has announced that Marvel has enlisted Taika Waititi to direct Thor: Ragnarok.  

Said The Wrap:

Waititi represents a diverse hire for Marvel, as the New Zealand native is half-Maori. He previously directed “What We Do in the Shadows” and the indie comedy “Eagle vs. Shark,” and he also wrote the script for Disney’s animated movie “Moana.”

With having nothing to base an opinion on (as I am unfamiliar with any of his work), I will go into this with an open mind. Even though we are dealing with Norse Mythology and apocalyptic events inside a superhero universe, there’s really no reason to doubt Marvel or their choices in director.

I look to Captain America Winter Soldier as the basis for this stance. I was not in the least familiar with the Russo Brothers before Winter Soldier, and never did I watch Community. To say they delivered is an understatement as Winter Soldier is one of the best Marvel movies out there (and my second favorite all time). If Marvel is saying Waititi is the man for Thor 3 than I say all right.

Judging by his past work, Waititi is up to the task. He is the co-writer and co-director of the vampire spoof What We Do In The Shadows and is the academy award nominated director of the short film Two Cars One Night. Boy, a full length feature film written and directed by Waititi is the highest grossing film in New Zealand to date.  Waititi has also directed episodes of the Emmy Nominated Flight of the Concords. 

Waititi will be bringing his take to one of the most recognizable and important chapters of the Thor Universe to the screen with ties to Thanos and Infinity War. No small feat.

In a separate report over at THR a list directors who missed out on the gig was revealed:

Waititi’s emergence as the choice caps off a round of intense meetings that took place over the last month.  Ruben Fleischer, Rob Letterman, and Rawson Marshall Thurber were the other directors that were finalists for the gig.

As I said, this Waititi must have dazzled the powers that be at Marvel and Disney. Here’s hoping the next Thor movie lives up to the hype and sets the stage perfectly for Avengers Infinity War. It’s an interesting time in the Marvel U for sure.

Thor: Ragnarok comes out July 28th, 2017.

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  • KeithAdams

    Choosing a director from the comedy world isn’t left field to me. For me, this is business as usual for Marvel. After all, they did cast actors mostly known for comedy work so having a comedy director for the 3rd Thor movie is nothing out of the norm.

  • p waddy

    Lol Diverse hire AKA “Prepare for affirmative suckage”

    • Richard Anderson

      Prepare for “actually, that film wasn’t too bad after all” 🙂

  • Richard Anderson

    Not to mention, Taika (not Taiki) rote, directed and starred in “Boy”, the highest grossing NZ film to date in New Zealand and was nominated for an academy award for his short film “Two Cars One Night”. He also directed a couple of episodes of the Emmy nominated “Flight of the Conchords”. And on top of it, he’s one bloody funny guy. I’m guessing you will be pleasantly surprised with Thor: Ragnarok. Oh, and to pronounce his name, it’s basically “tiger” but with a K 🙂