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Why we love that Taika Waititi is directing #ThorRagnarok


We have a long way to go until we get to Avengers: Infinity War but Marvel still has a lot of spectacular comic-book adventures to give us yet, one of which is Thor: Ragnarok.

Due to arrive in Cineworld on 27th October, there's a lot for us to be excited about: it takes place in the Norse underworld, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will go up against Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and it’s to be the film that kicks off the aforementioned Infinity War.

What we are most excited about, however, is that Ragnarok is being directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi who has become a rising star in the film world over recent years. Here’s why we love that Waititi is directing Thor: Ragnarok.

1. His films are hilarious

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching any of Waititi’s films then you will no doubt already be just as excited as us about the thought of him directing the third Thor movie.

Waititi can create larger-than-life concepts whilst keeping them firmly, hilariously rooted in recognisably mundane reality. His indie breakout Eagle vs Shark teamed him with regular collaborator and Flight of the Conchords cohort Jemaine Clement for a brilliantly strange love story. 

Meanwhile his vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (also starring Clement) saw four vampires sharing a flat together in New Zealand whose daily struggles include arguing about the dishes and how to get dressed when they can’t see their reflection. It’s not what you’d expect from a vampire movie but that’s exactly what makes it work so well.

His most recent movie, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, was an utterly delightful and charming oddball buddy comedy that spun gold from the partnership between veteran Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison. 

With a unique track record of filmmaking, we cannot wait to see what he has come up with for Ragnarok.

2. He'll add a different kind of humour to the MCU

The Marvel movies have never taken themselves too seriously and always add a touch of comedy in amongst the action. They like to poke fun at themselves and even indulge in the occasional slapstick gag when it’s called for. The comedy in Marvel movies, therefore, tends to be on the wacky side (Guardians of the Galaxy) whereas Waititi’s humour is much more subdued and deadpan in its delivery, as the aforementioned movies make clear.

With 14 Marvel films being released since 2008, we can guarantee that Ragnarok will be hilarious in a way we have never seen in a Marvel movie before with Waititi taking control. And all whilst keeping the action and Marvel-goodness that we’ve grown to love in there, too.

3. We know he's on Team Thor

Cast your mind back to the weeks leading up to the release of Captain America: Civil War. You may recall watching a mockumentary-style online video starring Chris Hemsworth himself which depicted the Norse god of thunder settling into a mundane lifestyle in Australia whilst realising that the other Avengers don’t want him to be part of their battle.

Team Thor, the title of the comedy short, was both written and directed by Waititi while on a day off from filming Ragnarok and, just like Waititi’s other work, it’s completely hysterical. Only Waititi could come up with such a concept and only his deadpan comic style could make it work so brilliantly. If this is what he can come up with on his day off, then just imagine what he can do with a full Marvel production. In fact the short proved so popular, part 2 arrived in the last couple of weeks. Check it out below.

4. He'll bring quirky imagination to the blockbuster thrills

Up until this point in his career, Waititi has thrived in the independent film scene in New Zealand and his films have enjoyed success at festivals such as Sundance. Waititi has never worked on a big-budget blockbuster and you don't get much bigger than Marvel.

Waititi’s films have never had to rely on huge budgets as his heartfelt writing emerges from the simplicity of his stories, be it vampire roommates or a boy and his foster father who must hide in the bush. He has proven that he doesn’t need a mammoth budget to create engrossing stories, so given he now has more toys to play with than ever before, we can't wait to see his take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

5. As an indie king, he'll fit right in

You should remember that Marvel are famous for hiring idiosyncratic filmmakers for their projects such as Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble), the Russo brothers (Captain America: Civil War), and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Each of these filmmakers were well respected for delivering offbeat work but had never taken on a project as big as a Marvel production before, and look how successful their Marvel projects were. Marvel know what they’re doing and who to entrust with their beloved comic book properties. If Marvel believe Waititi is the right person to direct Ragnarok, then consider us on-board.

Get on Team Thor when Ragnarok comes to Cineworld on October 27th – and remember: we’re werewolves, not swear-wolves!

Excited about Taiki Waititi directing the movie? Let us know @Cineworld.

Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.