Instead of getting the biggest names in Hollywood, Marvel’s recent trend when hiring directors has been to choose up-and-comers who can fit their style within the MCU. The studio has so far found success doing so with the Russo brothers and James Gunn being turned into some of the biggest names as a result. Phase 3 will further push this idea by hiring directors such as Jon Watts with Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok. The Thor franchise has struggled to find its identity outside of showcasing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in substantial roles.
Waititi is best known for smaller films with interesting stories and plenty of humor, which does not sound like previous Thor movies – and that might not be a bad thing. Ragnarok looks to be the craziest installment yet, and Waititi has been pleased with the production process, so much so he would do it again if asked.
In a new interview with Digital Spy, Waititi was asked about the state of filming and how his experience has gone on his first blockbuster movie. Thankfully, it appears to be nothing but smooth sailing so far, with everything going according to (a non-existent?) plan. The movie is crossing the halfway mark of filming, with set visits happening currently, but the big nature has not changed his approach or style:
“We are halfway through and it’s going really well. Everything is going to plan in that we didn’t have a plan to start with. … It’s going better than expected and it’s a lot of fun shooting. The style is not too dissimilar to how I would normally work. It’s just a longer schedule because it’s a bigger film with more special effects and things like that.”
It should not come as a surprise that production has gone well for Waititi and company given Marvel’s consistency and track record for having a clear production plan in place. Still, this is Waititi’s first major film in the studio system so for him to say it is better than he expected shows he is not in over his head. What could be more promising is that this process has made him interested to return should he be given the chance:
“If I do really well with it and people like it and I enjoy the process then I’d definitely think about doing another one.”
Having Waititi interested in another Thor movie should be good news to all after both of the men to come before him in the franchise left after one outing. That said, there have been no indications that a fourth Thor movie is in the works. There are many question marks with regards to the future of the MCU after Phase 3 comes to an end. It is very possible that Thor could no longer be around – although Chris Hemsworth is likely hoping that is not the case – so Waititi could still be a one and done director at Marvel if the franchise is ultimately going to end.
Even if he does not get the chance to direct another Thor movie, a strong performance from Ragnarok and good reception for the job Waititi does could keep him around in another franchise. James Gunn has said he is not sure if he would return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Waititi could make for a suitable replacement should Gunn leave. Ultimately, it would be best for Gunn to stay, but Waititi has a similar sense of humor and heart to his films as Gunn, which could leave the Guardians in good hands moving forward.
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; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Digital Spy