Taika Waititi Reveals How Thor: Ragnarok Changed Once He Got Onboard

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Thor is actually the only Marvel Studios franchise (so far) to have a different director for every entry, and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok will have indie darling Taika Waititi in the helm. The movie actually started out pretty different before he came on board, and Waititi reveals just exactly how he changed the movie when he got hired.

Talking to Collider, Waititi explains:

"There were already story ideas when I came on board, but a lot of that changed over the first three or four months. Right from the beginning, [Marvel] wanted to lighten [Thor] little bit and embrace the adventure aspect of it. The last two films, definitely the last film, were a little darker. Personally I feel if the movie's called Thor, then Thor should be the best character. My main focus was making him cool & funny when he needs to be and heroic when he needs to be. If you've seen my other films, there's always a balance between comedy and drama. I think that's a satisfying story to watch."


As it turns out, Thor's character will change based on his time on Earth, and that will be a source of comedy for the film. Waititi continues:

"Yeah, Thor spent two years on Earth hanging out with Robert Downey, Jr. So he's got some sass. He knows a little bit more about irony and sarcasm now. He's got a little bit of Earth humor. He's like a rich kid from outer space that's spent some time slumming it for a bit, you know? So he's instantly become a bit more interesting. But because he's in different parts of the cosmos, he's still learning as he goes. We haven't modeled it completely on this, but in my mind, I imagined a great Thor being a bit like Jack Burton. What's the version of Thor just wanting to get his truck back?"

With somebody like Waititi in the helm, a lot of people are curious how a big-budget movie like Thor: Ragnarok will eventually turn out. By the looks of it, Marvel seems to be very pleased with what Waititi has to offer, and at the same time, Waititi says he has a lot of creative freedom to do as he pleases with the film.

Maybe Lucasfilm should take a leaf out of Marvel's book?

Thor: Ragnarok comes out Nov. 3.

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