You may wonder whether the directors of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever get together and talk shop. Most are pretty vocal on the topic, admitting that yes, they do. Anywhere from casual conversation to set visits to collaboration may happen. One of Marvel’s newest directors,  Taika Waititi, has decided to call upon his colleagues for advice on helming an MCU film, namely Thor: Rangarok.

Apparently Waititi is unsure of how many explosions one should include in a Marvel feature. Perhaps the fact that he’s dealing with Thor and Loki and not necessarily ammunition, spaceships, etc. is cause for confusion. We guess you just never know when you’re the new kid on the block. To help navigate the MCU playing field, he posed some questions on Twitter to fellow directors Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy):



Lest the newest director in the fold, Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) feel left out:


Honestly, these guys are as crazy as their casts. It’s pretty cool, though, to see them have as much fun making these films as we have watching them. Waititi is actually preparing to film in June as principal photography on Thor: Ragnarok will get underway in Australia.

He has his work cut out for him. The Thor franchise has been the weakest link (except for The Incredible Hulk) in the MCU in terms of performance and critical reception. The first film did well considering its unchartered territory and casting two relatively unknown actors as the hero and villain respectively. The second film was riddled with problems from the get go, particularly where the director’s chair was concerned. Three directors came and went before Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) was hired. Though he stayed through to the finish, reports circulated after the film’s release that the post-production process had been extremely taxing. Uproxx addressed the issue with Taylor in 2015:

“The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie. So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else.”

Needless to say, after such an experience as well as the film’s lukewarm reception, Taylor was not hired for the third installment. Marvel instead turned to Waititi, the Kiwi director best known for What We Do In the Shadows. The choice seemed a bit odd since most picture a film about Ragnarok, the Norse end-of-days, to be quite decadent and epic. Waititi is better known for quirky, wry humor. Add to that Mark Ruffalo’s statements that the relationship between the Hulk (who will oddly be present) and Thor in the film can be likened to a “buddy cop movie,” and the recipe seems strange at best.

Still, you never know. Up until Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn’s most recognizable work was the screenplays for Scooby-Doo and its sequel.

Thor: Ragnarok is due in theaters November 3, 2017.


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