Warning: Thor: Ragnarok spoilers abound! It was early 2016, and Eric Pearson was practically living at the Frank G. Wells Building on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, camped out in his office until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. The screenwriter, who’d risen through the ranks of the Marvel Writer’s Program, was nearing completion on an early draft of a script for Thor: Ragnarok, the threequel currently thundering all over the worldwide box office.
Thor: Ragnarok is the third standalone adventure featuring Marvel’s Asgardian God of Thunder — and also the third Thor movie (after 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World) to feature a gratuitous shot of star Chris Hemsworth sans shirt for an extended scene. “And then [director] Taika Waititi came up to me and was said, ‘Ah, I feel like we got to put it in there. As Hemsworth stated at the top of the interview, he was asked by Thor director Kenneth Branagh to do a “shirt off” scene in the first film, and Hemsworth told MTV in 2013 that Marvel consigliere Joss Whedon suggested they add a similar sequence to Dark World.
Just when you thought the casting for Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ couldn’t get any better, ‘Jurassic Park’ legend Sam Neill has only gone and confirmed his involvement.
After Marvel’s ‘Civil War: Team Thor’ mockumentary showed the Norse God getting a flatmate, Darryl, director Taika Waititi says we may see more of him in the upcoming instalment. Speaking to IGN about Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) new roomie, Waititi, the helmer of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, revealed what Thor got up to while ‘Civil War’ was happening and about Darryl’s place in the MCU. Whether or not Waititi was intentionally misleading the conversation, he actually hinted that Darryl would play a part in Marvel’s future, which is kinda cool and amusing, considering how he was so playfully introduced.
God bless Twitter. Because only in this day and age are we able to see two Marvel directors joking with each other about their upcoming projects in such a public fashion. On Tuesday the pair took to Twitter to discuss the possible participation of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, and it quickly turned both hilarious and very, very dark.
Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is still in its production stage, but director Taika Waititi has spoken about the decision to deviate from the comic books. The helmer, who previously directed ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ and most recently ‘Hunt for the Winderpeople’, made the decision to cast Tessa Thompson (’Dear White People’, ’Creed’) in the role of Norse heroine Valkyrie.
Taika Waititi, the Kiwi writer-director behind last year’s blissfully funny vampire mockumentary (which we ranked as the 12th best movie of the year, but admittedly could have gone higher) returns with another must-see indie comedy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, before the filmmaker moves into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with next year’s Thor: Ragnarok. Wilderpeople follows Ricky Baker, a hip-hop loving preteen who bounces from one foster home and juvie center to the next until he’s taken in by an aging couple (Sam Neil and Rima Te Wiata) in the Middle of Nowhere, New Zealand. Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which premiered to great reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January, opens June 24.