Fans have long been used to expecting the unexpected when it comes to the Marvel movies, especially when it comes to the studio's choice of directors. No one expected the studio to hire Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to direct Thor: Ragnarok, but the move made more sense when producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed he wanted the director to inject more humor into Thor: Ragnarok. The Wrap caught up with the filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival, where he briefly discussed his approach to the humor.
"Just take what they've done before. I'm just going to take the second Thor film and just add some jokes to that."
Taika Waititi signed on to direct back in October, and we also reported that Mark Ruffalo is coming back as Hulk. Both Thor and Hulk are said to go on a "cosmic road trip" in this superhero sequel, but no specific plot details have been released thus far. Another report from October teased that the script by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle is the darkest yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but their script is now being rewritten by Stephany Folsom.
Taika Waititi, best known for directing light-hearted comedies such as Eagle Vs. Shark and this year's What We Do in the Shadows, is believed to have come aboard to add a comedic balance. The story has been rumored to center on the Norse Apocalypse, but no specific plot details have been given. This new report claims that Hulk and Thor will encounter the Valkyries throughout their journey, and that this movie could introduce the Marvel heroine named Valkyrie, a.k.a. Brunnhilde, as well. Valkyrie was first introduced in the Avengers comics, and she was also connected to The Defenders and Doctor Strange. Valkyrie's most notable enemy was The Enchantress, a character who may also be introduced on the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) are returning for Thor: Ragnarok, with Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) expected to return as well. It isn't known if Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) are coming back to reprise their roles in the sequel. Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017, just a few months after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives on May 5, 2017. What do you think about these new details? Take a look at the director's video interview below, and stay tuned for more on this superhero adventure.