Fresh off such hot successes within the independent film circuit such as the genre satire What We Do in the Shadows from 2014 and this summer’s critically acclaimed new movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, New Zealand director Taika Waititi is all set to make his Marvel Studios debut with Thor: Ragnarok later next year. Given the Kiwi filmmaker’s well known penchant for crafting irreverent comedy in the past, his new movie set within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe is sure to turn heads when it sees theatrical release among general audiences.
Coming after the release of the retro design of the new title card for Thor: Ragnarok that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month (in addition to a clever comedy sketch and cartoon meant to playfully mock one of the movie’s most iconic characters), Waititi should be all set to deliver a movie set in the Norse world of Asgard to please even the most disinterested viewer of standard superhero fare. On that note, Waititi appears to have been at it again in his continued attempts to imbue a little more humor, good will, and self-deprecation into the proceedings behind the scenes.
In a recent string of messages conducted with fellow Marvel director Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) on Twitter, Waititi innocently responded to Watts’ query as to whether or not Peter Parker would be needed on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. In Waititi’s characteristically playful fashion, the New Zealander responded that he would just need the web-slinger’s head post-haste, to which Watts responded with a contextually specific GIF.
You can check out the original Twitter exchange, below.
Knowing that Marvel Studios has hired two new talents behind the camera in the making of two of their flagship franchise films should serve to build a little more hope and optimism for the MCU Phase 3 movie slate. Waititi is certainly lending a lot of fire to the proceedings that has been sorely missing from much of the general proceedings of the two preceding Thor franchise films, thus making his involvement in Thor: Ragnarok a godsend for moviegoers the world over.
As filming begins to wrap on the set of Thor:Ragnarok, potential viewers can start anticipating the theatrical return to Asgard and finally seeing what has been teased thus far as being the “most different” Marvel movie. Waititi’s particular blend of humor and heart should pair well to the already expansive MCU, and his forthcoming production might yet prove to be among the very best installments in the interconnected movie universe yet.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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