Thor: Ragnarok is currently deep into production under the direction of Taika Waititi, the third director to tackle the franchise in just as many movies. It looks like Marvel may have finally found a right fit for Thor, should the franchise continue after this installment. Apparently, things are going well and should they keep going that way, the director seems like he would be happy to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for another movie.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, the Hunt for the Wilderpeople director was asked how things were going so far with Thor: Ragnarok. According to Taika Waititi they are about halfway through filming the third installment of the Thor franchise and things are going very well. Better than expected, in fact. Here is what he had to say.
"We are halfway through and it's going really well. Everything is going to plan in that we didn't have a plan to start with. ... It's going better than expected and it's a lot of fun shooting. The style is not too dissimilar to how I would normally work. It's just a longer schedule because it's a bigger film with more special effects and things like that."
This is the first major studio movie that Taika Waititi has tackled. Prior to Thor: Ragnarok, the director had primarily been making smaller, independent features, as well as working in television. Most notably on the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords. Marvel Studios is known for taking a director like Waititi and giving them a shot at making a bigger movie for the first time, and they have had quite a bit of success with it so far. Director James Gunn had a great experience on Guardians of the Galaxy and returned to helm the sequel and it looks like Taika Waititi could be heading down a similar road. While some directors have cracked under the pressure of blockbuster filmmaking, he is enjoying the experience and feels like he very well may return to the MCU. Here is what he had to say.
"If I do really well with it and people like it and I enjoy the process then I'd definitely think about doing another one."
While we don't have an awful lot to base it off of, we can safely say that it seems like Taika Waititi is crushing it so far. Those of us who were lucky enough to catch Marvel's Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a sizzle reel from Thor 3 which almost stole the show. The one thing that everyone has seen and pretty much everyone can agree was awesome was the video explaining what Thor was doing during Captain America: Civil War, which Waititi put together. If that is any indicator, fans will surely want him to keep making MCU movies for quite some time.
As for what "another one" would be, movie-wise, that is very up in the air. After Ragnarok, Thor and the rest of the MCU gang will be heading off to duke it out with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Depending on how that all shakes out, we may not be seeing another Thor movie for quite some time, if at all. So, if Thor: Ragnarok does well (which it almost certainly will) and Marvel decides they would like to bring Taika Waititi back, it could very well be for a different franchise entirely. Similar to how The Russo Brothers moved from Captain America over to The Avengers. Maybe he can make that Netflix series starring Thor and Darryl that everyone wants so badly?
Thor: Ragnarok will see the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and it will also be featuring Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner, which is incredibly exciting. The franchise has also added some big name talent in the form of Jeff Goldblum, who is playing Grandmaster, Karl Urban, who will be playing the villainous Asgardian Skurge, Creed star Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the main villain Hela. Thor: Ragnarok is due out in theaters on November 3, 2017.