Disney/Marvel are well known for having an exceptional eye for talent and plucking the next big player out of nowhere and watching them rise to stardom. If negotiations go well, they might just have done it again for Thor: Ragnarok. According to a report from The Wrap, Disney and Marvel Studios have tabbed Taika Waititi to be the director of the third installment in the Thor series.
What makes this such a surprising decision is that, Waititi’s resume is mostly comedy related and doesn’t have much in the ways of action. His biggest directing credits thus far are for the comedy Flight of the Conchords and What We Do In The Shadows, a vampire comedy.
However, in a weird twist, it kind of makes sense. Disney/Marvel Studios haven’t had much success with the darker storylines, like The Dark World. The first film was more comedic than it was action packed and somehow it did really well. Meanwhile, The Dark World tried to take on a more serious approach and it wasn’t received nearly as well. That isn’t to say it wasn’t a good movie, just that it pales in comparison. Although, you’d think with Ragnarok they’d want a more serious approach. I suppose they see something in Taika Waititi that the world has yet to see.
I should remind you, though, Waititi is still in negotiations. Disney/Marvel Studios has yet to comment on this as well.
Thor: Ragnarok is set for a release on July 28, 2017. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Jaimie Alexander will return to reprise their roles of Thor, Loki, and Sif.
Oh, one more note, Taiki Waititi isn’t just a director. He’s also acted in plenty of TV and movies. One movie he was in, 2011’s DC failure, Green Lantern.
So what do you think of this potential selection?