For any director coming into an established franchise the balance between honoring the original stories and creating their own vision is a difficult one.
However, Taika Waititi had no such challenges on Thor: Ragnarok. In an interview with Screen Rant, the director discussed how he approached the film as a reset for the series.
“I think the main challenge, for me, was actually working at getting away from the other two films,” he said. “Yes, the other films are there, and it’s great to watch them. I think they’re good films. But I don’t mind if people start with this film. In my mind, for me, this is my Thor 1.”
Waititi also explained why it was important for him to establish his story without worrying about the first two Thor movies.
“I’ve seen the other films, and I respect them a lot. But I can’t spend too much time thinking about this as a threequel. Then I’ll get tied up too much in respecting what went before, and respecting what’s going to come after,” he said. “It just, for me, has to be a standalone thing. Because this could be the only time I do this. And I just want to make it a version of a Marvel film in the best way possible.”
The always candid director made it clear what the most important aspect of his movie would be.
“Personally I feel like… if the movie’s called Thor, then Thor should be the best character,” said Waititi.
Both Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth wanted Ragnarok to be much funnier and take on a different tone from the other films. A smart choice based on the reaction to the first two trailers and new level of excitement for a Thor movie.
Directed by Waititi and starring Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins, Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters Nov. 3.
Source: Screen Rant