Thor: Ragnarok director, Taika Waititi took some time out of his day today to gleefully troll Mark Ruffalo on Twitter, following some of the actor's recent Hulk vs Thor tweets. Leading up to the film's release in just a few short months, Marvel has not missed the opportunity to promote Ragnarok as being truly unlike any of the previous Thor movies, or really any of the other films in the MCU prior to it. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that the studio has made the film's highly-anticipated gladiatorial showdown between The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) one of the key points of its marketing up until this point. And indeed, the chance of getting to see Bruce Banner team up with Thor in space has been a very notable point of excitement among fans when it comes to the film.
With very little time left until Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters around the world, Ruffalo himself recently took to Twitter to further promote the film's Thor vs Hulk fight, calling it "the fight of the century," in case fans weren't already excited enough for it. But as he's become known to do both online and while appearing in-person, Waititi didn't miss a chance at further poking some fun at one of the film's biggest stars.
After already receiving attention for his playful mocking of Star Wars: Episode IX's recent director troubles, Waititi managed to make fans laugh yet again today, when the director responded to Ruffalo's Ragnarok teases on Twitter by "mistakenly" confusing him for Vincent D'Onofrio:
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) September 6, 2017
This has become par for the course when it comes to Waititi's online personality, not only with this or his mocking of Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX departure but also after hilariously debunking a rumor regarding Thor: Ragnarok's runtime. The writer and director maintained that kind of sarcastic humor during his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer, and he looks to have infused Thor: Ragnarok with that same kind of comedic personality and lightheartedness.
Anyone familiar with Waititi's previous work on films like What We Do in the Shadows or Hunt for the Wilderpeople, likely predicted that was one of the reasons Marvel hired him to direct Ragnarok in the first place. And while there's no way of knowing whether this change in creative direction will actually work out well for Thor: Ragnarok until it hits theaters, it at least promises to be a refreshing change of pace from some of the other comic book movies that have come out in recent years. Considering just how unique and singular a creative voice Waititi has honed for himself throughout his career, that doesn't come as much of a surprise either.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019