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Taika Waititi is ignoring other MCU films to make Thor his "own awesome" one

10.17.2016

When we know a new Marvel movie is on the way one thing everyone is curious about is how the movie will tie into other MCU films. Will Iron Man fly by? Will we get a glimpse of Steve Rogers having a cup of coffee in the background, before seeing him look up, realize he’s in someone else’s movie and then slowly scoot out of frame? The same is true for the upcoming THOR: RAGNAROK, and when asked how it will compare/relate to other MCU films director Taika Waititi simply replied, “I have no f@cking clue.”

Okay he’s not that rude about it, but when asked questions regarding how other MCU films will tie into RAGNAROK during his Reddit AMA session, the man politely responded in the general tone of “I have no idea”:

“I honestly know NOTHING outside of what I’m doing. I’m trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie.”

Basically, Waititi is blocking his senses to other Marvel movies, including the THOR movies, saying he is “ignoring the fact there are other[s].” He drove that point home when asked if his movie will mesh with the tone and style of the others, and if the movie will feel like one of his previous films:

“I have no idea. It will be a nice addition to the Taika Waititi box-set though…You can expect a Taika-esque tone. They've been very accepting of my style.”

 To be fair I’m sure he has at least seen some of the other Marvel movies, because when asked how his movie will stand out from others he said:

“I think TR will be one of the most adventurous and most "out there" of all the marvel movies. It's a crazy movie.”

However, I could be wrong, citing when asked if he agrees with Kevin Feige saying RAGNAROK is Phase 3’s WINTER SOLDIER:

“Jeez. I better see Winter Soldier... no joke.”

While some more dedicated fans may find this disconcerting, do not fret, for what Waititi is going for is quite refreshing. The man has a unique style that's made his recent movies, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, among the best of their years. To not let the man bring that same ingenuity to THOR would be a shame, so ignoring the tone of the previous movies is, stylistically, a wise move. What we've heard of the movie makes it sound like it's going to be absolutely bonkers, so making something totally unique will ensure those lofty heights are reached. And just think, without this embrace of something different we wouldn't have Darryl (see below). Think about a world like that.

THOR: RAGNAROK arrives November 3, 2017 with Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins and more.

Source: Reddit

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8:03AM on 10/18/2016
Sounds interesting
Sounds interesting
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7:49AM on 10/18/2016

Horse shit.

I bet Edgar Wright would have LOVED to be able to ignore the MCU.
And he's a far more accomplished director.
Don't tell me some hack whose biggest movie was "The Hunt for the Wilderpeople" has more creative freedom than that.
Ain't nobody buying dat.
I bet Edgar Wright would have LOVED to be able to ignore the MCU.
And he's a far more accomplished director.
Don't tell me some hack whose biggest movie was "The Hunt for the Wilderpeople" has more creative freedom than that.
Ain't nobody buying dat.
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9:10AM on 10/18/2016
A lot has happened, behind the scene, in the MCU office, since the Wright's debacle. So maybe, JUST MAYBE, now that Feige is really in control, there is actually more creative freedom.
A lot has happened, behind the scene, in the MCU office, since the Wright's debacle. So maybe, JUST MAYBE, now that Feige is really in control, there is actually more creative freedom.
2:16PM on 10/18/2016
I imagine Taika will say anything he's told to now, because he's got hot breakfasts on set for the first time, and doesn't need to do a Kickstarter to fund a theatrical run in America for his movies anymore. Marvel's interests more lie in damage control, because an obligatory 3rd Thor movie that nobody's asking for is going to have such a razor-thin profit margin that a whiff of a mess like the last Thor could move the slider.
I imagine Taika will say anything he's told to now, because he's got hot breakfasts on set for the first time, and doesn't need to do a Kickstarter to fund a theatrical run in America for his movies anymore. Marvel's interests more lie in damage control, because an obligatory 3rd Thor movie that nobody's asking for is going to have such a razor-thin profit margin that a whiff of a mess like the last Thor could move the slider.
2:29PM on 10/18/2016
I think I over-did the bitterness on that. Sorry.
I think I over-did the bitterness on that. Sorry.
3:43AM on 10/18/2016

Too

Ok, being unique and original is a good thing, but it sounds like the director is staying intentionally ignorant of the cinematic universe he is a part, and that is NOT a good thing. Also, wow is this director bad with wording things! He needs to stay away from interviews!
Ok, being unique and original is a good thing, but it sounds like the director is staying intentionally ignorant of the cinematic universe he is a part, and that is NOT a good thing. Also, wow is this director bad with wording things! He needs to stay away from interviews!
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7:06PM on 10/17/2016
I'm stoked for this one. He definitely knows how to make an engaging adventure movie...just watched his Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which was excellent.
I'm stoked for this one. He definitely knows how to make an engaging adventure movie...just watched his Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which was excellent.
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5:27PM on 10/17/2016

GOOD!

Good to know. It hurts the movie when it has too many MCU references in it. The movie needs to stand on its own two feet. That was problem with the past two Thor films, too much Avengers references and everything felt rushed.
Good to know. It hurts the movie when it has too many MCU references in it. The movie needs to stand on its own two feet. That was problem with the past two Thor films, too much Avengers references and everything felt rushed.
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9:13AM on 10/18/2016
On the other hand...
If you don't want to direct a movie based in the MCU, well... You don't direct an MCU movie.
Even GotG, had many references and acknowledged its place int the MCU !
On the other hand...
If you don't want to direct a movie based in the MCU, well... You don't direct an MCU movie.
Even GotG, had many references and acknowledged its place int the MCU !
5:18PM on 10/17/2016
They all say this.
They all say this.
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12:52PM on 10/17/2016

Whatever!

Yeah everyone know that Marvel and Disney are famous for letting the directors of their Marvel movies have free reign to do whatever they want. Just as Edgar Wright.
Yeah everyone know that Marvel and Disney are famous for letting the directors of their Marvel movies have free reign to do whatever they want. Just as Edgar Wright.
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10:45AM on 10/17/2016

Oh, please!

He's just playing dumb like "its going to be a suprise which might piss-off some fans, but hey thats showbiz".
Come on, he's not so clueless that he thinks he's making a movie entirely about norse-mythology because if the Hulk is there, how are they going to explain his presence or will they do an annoyingly cheeky scene where Mark Ruffalo stares blankly when asked this question?

But since the action will take place mostly in Thor's universe theres no need for a tie-in (unless with GoTG
He's just playing dumb like "its going to be a suprise which might piss-off some fans, but hey thats showbiz".
Come on, he's not so clueless that he thinks he's making a movie entirely about norse-mythology because if the Hulk is there, how are they going to explain his presence or will they do an annoyingly cheeky scene where Mark Ruffalo stares blankly when asked this question?

But since the action will take place mostly in Thor's universe theres no need for a tie-in (unless with GoTG vol.2) or to find out if he and Jane Forster are still a thing (not that most even cared) but it would be awesome to see where the RedSkull ended up at the end of First Avenger.
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9:52AM on 10/17/2016
Sounds like this one might be worth checking out!
Sounds like this one might be worth checking out!
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9:23AM on 10/17/2016
It can't be any worse than The Dark World.
It can't be any worse than The Dark World.
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5:04PM on 10/17/2016
...coming from the guy who likes Green Lantern.
...coming from the guy who likes Green Lantern.
9:06AM on 10/17/2016
Sounds great... but damn!!! We still have over a year before it is released. I bet this movie will be complete and ready by March and they are going to sit on there asses and hold off releasing it til then.
Sounds great... but damn!!! We still have over a year before it is released. I bet this movie will be complete and ready by March and they are going to sit on there asses and hold off releasing it til then.
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9:06AM on 10/18/2016
Well, with the extensive post-production, and additional shooting surely to happen, I'm pretty sure if they are on their asses, it will be in front of a computer or in the editing room.
Well, with the extensive post-production, and additional shooting surely to happen, I'm pretty sure if they are on their asses, it will be in front of a computer or in the editing room.
8:58AM on 10/17/2016
I love what I'm hearing. This is what made Guardians of the Galaxy a massive success.
I love what I'm hearing. This is what made Guardians of the Galaxy a massive success.
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8:32AM on 10/17/2016
Waititi skipped The Winter Soldier. I like this man already!

He takes some risk by separating Thor: Ragnarok from its predecessors. However, I am completely hopeful. Other Marvel Cinematic projects (e.g. Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Ant-Man) have benefited from stylistic changes and evolutions in approach. And, Waititi's offering can be acceptable if it insults neither previous printed nor "filmed" source material. You do not want an Ang Lee Hulk that is visionary but misses the point
Waititi skipped The Winter Soldier. I like this man already!

He takes some risk by separating Thor: Ragnarok from its predecessors. However, I am completely hopeful. Other Marvel Cinematic projects (e.g. Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Ant-Man) have benefited from stylistic changes and evolutions in approach. And, Waititi's offering can be acceptable if it insults neither previous printed nor "filmed" source material. You do not want an Ang Lee Hulk that is visionary but misses the point and flouts audience expectations. You DO want an Iron Man in which beloved myth comes alive in a slightly new and refreshing way.
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8:13AM on 10/17/2016
Well, there IS a direct connection with Bruce/Hulk being in the movie. Chances are the consequences will not affect the MCEU, just Thors Realm
Well, there IS a direct connection with Bruce/Hulk being in the movie. Chances are the consequences will not affect the MCEU, just Thors Realm
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