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Director Taika Waititi Talks All Things 'Thor: Ragnarok'


Arguably the most exciting thing about Marvel's Phase Three is the number of great directors they're bringing on board, whether it's Ryan Coogler directing Black Panther or Scott Derrickson helming Doctor Strange, there are plenty of exciting directors landing jobs in the MCU. New Zealander Taika Waititi is another such director, and I can't wait to see his work on Thor: Ragnarok, a subject he had quite a bit to say about in a new interview.

While speaking with The Verge, Waititi said that the big budget film has him acting much more responsibly than normal. "It hasn't been that different. So far it's been good!" Waititi revealed. "I've been more organized, which is saying something, for a guy like me to be organized. I'm surrounded by really intelligent, amazing people. I've got access to great minds and great resources. So I'm at a real advantage. In terms of the studio thing, these people don't act like a studio. They're cool, smart storytellers. I've been enjoying hanging out with them. And I've made commercials, so I've worked with the worst people in the world. Nothing could be more restrictive than working with people in advertising."

So far, just the normal stuff you'd expect from a director of mostly indies landing his first blockbuster. He continued showing off his sense of humor when asked if the need for creative control—a stumbling block for a number of MCU directors—is important to him. "I don't think it's as important with someone else's source material, with someone else's stuff. I didn't invent Thor, so I don't feel a passionate need to have creative control over him. I wonder how Stan Lee feels about me doing a Thor film? [Laughs]"

Finally, when asked if the film will feel like one of his films, he was quite pragmatic saying, "Yes, it will. Until it doesn't. [Laughs] I don't know, I can only hope. I've got to bring as much of myself as I can to this, and then see how it goes. You obviously need people overseeing the bigger picture, the next five movies or whatever. Otherwise we'd all be left to our own devices, and God knows what would happen."

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is my most anticipated film in Phase Three, and that's thanks in no small part to Waititi's involvement. I hope this film sends him into the stratosphere.

Steve attanasie

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