When fans think of New Zealand's Taika Waititi, they might think of his humor.
While the director's sense of humor isn't slapstick or a laugh-out-loud expulsion of comedy, Waititi sources off-beat improv to layer his film's with natural comicality. And, though Waititi has directed some of New Zealand's highest grossing films, the director is now facing a new challenge as he's started shooting Thor: Ragnarok.
In a recent interview with The Verge, Waititi spoke candidly about his work with Marvel and of his wish to inject his brand of humor into the film. When asked if Thor: Ragnarok would still feel like one of his own films, the director answered, "Yes, it will. Until it doesn't. I don't know, I can only hope. I've got to bring as much of myself as I can to this, and then see how it goes. You obviously need people overseeing the bigger picture, the next five movies or whatever. Otherwise we'd all be left to our own devices, and God knows what would happen."
With Marvel overseeing Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi has found he's got a lot more people to which he reports back to now. Having come from an indie background, Waititi has previously talked about how helming a studio film unnerved him due to their massive scale. However, the director's tone has changed considerably since he's started working on Thor: Ragnarok. When asked if he still had some creative control over the project, Waititi said that Marvel defied his expectations of a stereotypically controlling studio.
"So far it's been good...I'm surrounded by really intelligent, amazing people. I've got access to great minds and great resources. So I'm at a real advantage. In terms of the studio thing, these people don't act like a studio. They're cool, smart storytellers. I've been enjoying hanging out with them. And I've made commercials, so I've worked with the worst people in the world. Nothing could be more restrictive than working with people in advertising," he said.
I guess it's a good thing then that Waititi won't be involved with Marvel's marketing once the film's release comes closer then, right? For now, Waititi should focus on filming the threequel and giving fans yet another MCU bombshell to geek out over.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3, 2017.