CBMB: Marvel Taps Novice Director for Thor: Ragnorak
By Muuka Muyumba
Marvel has reportedly hired another lesser-known director, in the vein of Spider-Man’s Jon Watts, to head up Thor: Ragnorak. The Hollywood Reporter broke news today that Oscar-nominated short film director Taika Waititi, a 40-year-old Kiwi, as been tapped to head up the third Thor film, which has been described as a gamechanger along the lines of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Waititi’s first feature-length film, What We Do In the Shadows, was an out and out comedy about vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) trying to cope with the complexities of modern life and showing a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead.
As we noted before, Marvel is now striking out and finding young directors to helm their films who have some independent film backgrounds and are less entrenched in the Hollywood machine. This may also be a signal that Marvel is trying to do what it can to juice the Thor franchise creatively, which has always been seen as the weak link of the MCU solo film franchise, despite massive financial returns.
Thor: Ragnorak is currently slated November 3, 2017 after getting pushed back from July 28, 2017 for Marvel’s Spider-Man film.