So as you’ve likely heard by now, the mystery of who will become Thor Ragnarok‘s director has been pretty much solved..
The word on the media vine is that New Zealand’s Taika Waititi is in final negotations with Marvel for Thor 3 director.
As a New Zealander, my first inclination is to be thrilled about this. (Though I’d be happier still if Ragnarok were to be filmed in NZ…) But my inner Thor geek – which by far supersedes my sense of national pride – is somewhat apprehensive about this reveal.
Outside of New Zealand, Taika Waititi is best known for his vampire comedy-horror, What We Do In The Shadows. A witty movie, sure, but I’m hoping Taika will lean more towards character depth (as Boy has shown he’s very capable of doing) rather than quirky kiwi humour. However given that Zombieland director, Ruben Fleische, was also allegedly a top contender for Thor 3‘s director chair, I can’t help but feel a little incy wincy bit of dread for the road Marvel may be looking to take with Ragnarok.
Wait did I just say I’m feeling an incy wincy bit of dread? Okay what I mean is that I’m actually considering opening a wormhole and flinging myself into it in the hope of finding myself in a parallel universe where Kenneth Branagh is sitting in Thor 3’s director chair.
Because… Comedy? Was Marvel sleeping when the fandom cried out against the way in which an excess of ill-timed comedy helped to ruin Thor: The Dark World? Or are they just pandering to the general joe blogs blockbuster movie going audiences who care nothing for Thor universe and buy their tickets purely for the shits and gigs?
Well, fingers crossed Thor Ragnarok will not crash and burn*.
Because I have n o i d e a how to open wormholes.
* I mean sure, there’s bound to be some crashing and burning going on… A lot of it, we can hope, given the givens, but… Oh, you know what I mean. Sigh
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