The third Thor installment, Thor: Ragnarok, has been filming in Australia since July 4th. Over the course of the past two months, we’ve gotten a look at stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) on set, as well as behind the scenes footage courtesy of Mark Ruffalo (Hulk/Bruce Banner), who wrapped about a month into production. Now, as Spider-Man: Homecoming nears the final stretch of production and Avengers: Infinity War officially enters pre-production, we’re slowly nearing the finish line on Ragnarok. In a recent interview with website Digital Spy, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi shared why he agreed to come on board for the third installment in the Thor franchise.
“We are halfway through and it’s going really well,” he told Digital Spy. “Everything is going to plan in that we didn’t have a plan to start with.
“It’s going better than expected and it’s a lot of fun shooting. The style is not too dissimilar to how I would normally work. It’s just a longer schedule because it’s a bigger film with more special effects and things like that.”
Of course, as many know, prior to being brought in for Ragnarok, Waititi focused on smaller films, most of which he’s written. So taking the jump from films like What We Do in the Shadows and Boy, to a large scale film like Thor: Ragnarok is a rather impressive leap, one sure to be filled with plenty of obstacles. For Waititi, however, that’s part of why he wanted to do it.
“I always want to do something different when I make something,” he said. “I really like the idea of doing something really big. My films have always been a lot smaller.
“I like the kind of films I make but it was an opportunity that presented itself that wouldn’t come around often, so I thought I would just pursue.
Although he’s normally attached to independent films, Waititi said it’s certainly not out of the question for him to do more future blockbuster films:
“If I do really well with it and people like it and I enjoy the process then I’d definitely think about doing another one.”
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3rd, 2017.