Taika Waititi's MCU return may be in the works, as he reportedly met with Marvel Studios recently. Marvel Studios has elevated the names of several directors over the years, and Waititi is one of their most recent examples. The quirky indie director behind What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople was brought into the fold to direct Thor: Ragnarok. He fully embraced the Jack Kirby era of Marvel comics, taking the Thor franchise to new heights critically and financially.
The success of Ragnarok put both he and Marvel in an odd spot though. The movie was supposed to be the end of Thor's trilogy, but fans (and Chris Hemsworth) are now more in love with Thor than ever - especially after Avengers: Infinity War. But, with Thor's story possibly over, Waititi's return isn't set in stone, and he's moved on to direct Jojo Rabbit. However, a meeting possibly in regards to his return has reportedly happened.
THR reports that Marvel Studios recently had a meeting with Taika Waititi to discuss another collaboration. The exact project that could bring them back together isn't currently known. Considering the lack of official details on what happens after Avengers 4, it could be for a variety of projects both known and unknown. Even though there's no word on how the meeting went, it does appear that Waititi could return to the MCU sooner than later.
Waititi has been the top choice of almost anyone when it comes to naming a replacement for James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He took the zany style that Gunn built in to Marvel's cosmic stories and ran with it to create an incredibly different take on Thor. His comedic nature and what he did with Ragnarok makes him an easy fit for Guardians 3, especially if the movie somehow folds the Thor franchise into it.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been very vocal about wanting to work with Waititi again too. Whether such a reunion comes with Guardians 3 remains to be seen, but there's plenty of other films that could potentially pique his interests. For example, The Eternals could be Waititi's very own grand, cosmic franchise. He may have fancied the idea of Thor: Ragnarok 2 more than anything else during the original Ragnarok press tour, and Hemsworth said he'd already talked to Waititi about what they could possibly do next. Whether it's Thor 4, Guardians 3, or something else entirely, Waititi's MCU return is at the very least being discussed.
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