Former Marvel director Joss Whedon has nothing but exceptionally nice things to say about Thor: Ragnarok. As much as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is responsible for shaping the MCU, Joss Whedon helped to shape the universe's narrative substantially as well. While Iron Man set the tone for the movies to come, Whedon's work on The Avengers is what catapulted Marvel to the top of Hollywood. From there, the director continued to oversee the growth of the universe alongside Feige.
Following the toll that Avengers: Age of Ultron took on Whedon, the director stepped down from his post at Marvel. It also emerged that he and the studio didn't exactly see eye to eye on the film, which explains why he stepped away from Marvel's film production house after that. Luckily, Whedon still seems to hold a positive opinion of Marvel Cinematic Universe films in general, at least when they have the right diretor attached.
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Joss Whedon tweeted out his review of Ragnarok and was not shy about effusively praising the film and Waititi's direction. If you're wondering whether Whedon found the movie to be funny, he calls it hilarious not once, but thrice, as you can see below:
— Joss Whedon (@joss) October 27, 2017
Though Whedon may have moved over to DC to help shape Justice League and eventually make Batgirl, his love for Marvel hasn't diminished. He's also a director who knows a thing or two about blending spectacle with humor and heart, meaning he can appreciate Waititi's work.
It's also not surprising to hear Whedon loves the new Thor movie. After all, Thor: Ragnarok was Certified Fresh yesterday with an overwhelming 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. If that holds, it will easily be Marvel Studios' best-reveiwed film. The critical praise and early looks at the movie have also been driving up its box office potential. It's set to open big domestically next week, and has had an excellent international rollout already.
Given the praise the film has received and the big numbers it seems destined to pull in, Ragnarok has already significantly improved the Thor franchise's standing. Likewise, Waititi will have a long future with Marvel, if he wants it. We already know James Gunn is helping to shape the future of the MCU thanks to his work on the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and its easy to see Waititi getting his own piece of the Marvel pie after his work on Thor: Ragnarok.
Source: Joss Whedon
- 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
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019