by: S. Scott Stanikmas
The first Thor film was helmed by Kenneth Branagh and it had a real Shakespearean flair to it. Marvel Studios followed with Thor: The Dark World and gave director Alan Taylor his shot at the franchise. His experience on things like Game of Thrones shined through.
Now, for the third installment for the God of Thunder, which carries the subtitle Ragnarok, the studio will have yet another director. And that man is…Taika Waititi?
The Wrap announced that the filmmaker is currently in talks to direct the film, apparently beating out Ruben Fleischer for the job.
That name night not be too familiar with a lot of people. His biggest claim to fame so far is the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which came out to rave reviews from almost everyone this year. He’s also directed the independent films Two Cars, One Night and Boy as well as a couple of episodes of the HBO show Flight of the Conchords.
Waititi isn’t known for tentpole blockbuster action films, (Though he acted with Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern) so I’m curious what Marvel Studios knows that the rest of the world doesn’t. It isn’t the first time an independent director would be brought in to helm a major franchise film. Sometimes they go well (Colin Trevorrow and Jurassic World) and sometimes they don’t (Josh Trank and Fantastic Four).
I’m hoping that Waititi, if he does sign on for the job, brings something fresh to the project. While the first film garnered high praise the second one wasn’t as big a critical success as Marvel probably wanted.
We’ll find out when Thor: Ragnarok thunders into theaters July 28, 2017.