Taika Waititi on His Humorous Approach For Thor: Ragnarok

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Director Taika Waititi just premiered his funny new film Hunt For The Wilderpeople last week. Seeing his unique style of humor makes me more excited to see Thor: Ragnarok.

During a recent interview with Cnet and Crave Online, the director talked about how he's approaching Thor: Ragnarok and the kind of humor he'll bring to the story:

"I'm like the new kid in class! They're really cool people. I've already made some great friends, and everyone wants to make the best story possible. [The development process is] very collaborative, more collaborative than I think people probably expect. It's not just one person ordering everyone around. It's people discussing and saying, ‘What if it was like this' or ‘I don't think it should be like that', which is very healthy. And it's actually what I'm used to, coming from theatre and co-ops and collaborating."

It would be interesting to see how Waititi weaves his style of humor to the plot. I kind of got that impression when I read the details on how Odin will return in Ragnarok. Waititi also talked about joining the big budget Marvel family after directing several independent movies in the past few years:

Waititi didn't reveal anything about the film's plot since they're still on early stages of writing. When Crave Online asked the director how much freedom he has on developing the film, he said:

"I guess we'll see once we get on set. I think on set it's a different story. It's basically about coming in under budget. [Laughs.] That's all it's about. If you come in under budget and on time you can do what you want, really. Just stick to what the idea of the story is. I always do that. And I've talked a lot about my style and the way I work on set, which is very improvisational. I make up a lot of shots on the spot sometimes but I always have a plan. I always plan what I'm going to do and then I'll throw that plan away when I see what the actors want to do, and then we have to come to a common ground and figure that out."

Waititi also confirmed that Marvel approached him to make the pitch for the third Thor film. He talked about one aspect of the pitch he made to them:

"They watched Shadows obviously, and they watched Boy, and I think the combination of those two films, you get that I wasn't just like a crazy comedy director or too dramatic. They wanted to weave a little bit away from that. […] Basically how I pitched it was like, [Thor] just needs to be the most interesting character. If you're going to call the movie Thor, Thor has to be the best character."

It sounds like Ragnarok will be the best Thor film yet. It's good to hear that the sequel is in good hands. Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.