Last week the cast of Thor: Ragnarok was confirmed, and it is quite the all-star line-up for director Taika Waititi to pull together. The cast will include Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Karl Urban as Skurge, the Executioner. These new cast members are in addition to returning favorites, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins. As revealed earlier in the year, filming will be in Queensland, Australia, close to the homes of director Waititi and newly cast Urban.
Waititi is coming to Marvel from relatively small movies. This has become a common choice for Marvel, and we have talked before about how the director-friendly environment is working well for Marvel Studios. Screenrant recently shared an explanation from Waititi as to why the choices that Marvel has been making for directors has led to fresh movies that continue to provide new visions for the franchise. When BMag asked how much of a Hollywood outsider Waititi could be, when he’s directing a Marvel franchise, he explained that this is how the studio is succeeding.
True, but if you ask the fans, they’ve got no idea why Marvel asked me to do it. I’m absolutely an outside choice for them. Which is good! That’s why I think they do so well. They just keep choosing weird people to make their movies. I think it’s great. It’s awesome. It’s a genius move, really. Why would you get the obvious choice?
It’s like when Hollywood sees a movie that does really well and then they copy that movie. If you’re trying to get someone to make a certain film, you don’t get someone who made the last film that was like your film that you’re trying to make. Because you’re going to get the same film, and it’s going to be boring, and everybody’s going to see how boring it is.
You should get someone who’s really weird, like me, who’s never made one of these things before. And then you guide them and shape them and make sure they don’t spend all the money on leather jackets.
Of course, Waititi has joked a bit on Twitter about what his budget should be spent on, primarily getting advise from fellow Marvel directors about the number of explosions. But with all of the recent casting news, it appears that he is actually using that budget on quality actors. One of the new cast members, Karl Urban, is excited about working with the fellow Kiwi on the film as reported by the New Zealand site, Stuff.
Karl Urban is looking forward to working with one of the “most brilliant directors to come out of New Zealand in a long time”.
Urban will be portraying Skurge, the Executioner, a Villain with a history of going against many characters in the comics, including the Hulk, who will be returning in Ragnarok. How does Urban feel about taking on the Role?
It’s a fantastic story and a really great character who has got a wonderful arc. I’m super excited to play it and be a part of the Marvel family.
I don’t think anyone would be upset to join the Marvel family at this point. With filming set to kick off next month, we can’t wait to hear more from the rest of the cast of Thor: Ragnorak. Until then, what do you think of the path that Waititi is taking so far? Sound off in the comments below!