We are currently in what is the “slow” period for the MCU. Captain America: Civil War is finishing re-shoots, Doctor Strange is nearing the half-way point in production, while over on the television side, Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the only projects actively shooting. This slow period will come to an end very shortly with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starting production in a few weeks before the new Spider-Man reboot and Thor: Ragnarok start filming in the summer.
The latter, is rounding out the cast currently and nailing down the final script with a new writer on board. Director Taika Waititi has been teasing his vision for the movie and how he wants to inject his humor to the franchise. He was recently at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his upcoming film Hunt for the Wilderpeople and gave some more hints as to what we can expect.
In an interview with Wired, they brought up the cast he will be having and when Loki’s role was brought up, he had this to say,
At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.
Based on recent rumors Cate Blanchett will be playing Hela and teaming up with Loki to bring upon the end of Asgard and Thor. She has yet to be confirmed by Marvel, but Waititi says it’s close.
Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy.
As to the previous rumor about who she is playing, similar to other people involved with the MCU, he is not going to say anything.
Yeah, the rumor … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.
In a separate interview with Superhero Hype, he talked more about the decision to take on a superhero movie at this stage of his career. This was an opportunity to change up what he is doing and learn from it.
I feel like for me to keep this filmmaking job interesting, I gotta change it all the time. This is an opportunity for me to make something that’s so out of my usual go-to topics and style of filmmaking and make something that’s big and exciting and to test myself. This is the thing. I’m so relaxed in my life right now that it doesn’t matter what happens. I just feel like this is just a great opportunity to learn something. You gotta do that, you just gotta keep learning and that’s what this is for me.
Plus also I collected comics as a kid and what filmmaker doesn’t have somewhere in their head that question, ‘Can I do a blockbuster?’
The Thor movies have been an interesting addition to the MCU, and one that polarizes some fans. It sounds like Waititi understands what this franchise needs to reach it’s potential and even with the Ragnarok subtitle, he is going to make this movie his own and treat it like the beginning of the franchise.
Nobody knows what Ragnarok is. I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy!
But that’s what I’m going to really concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing. For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything. It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.
Since they are not yet filming, Waititi and his crew are in the process of brainstorming ideas to make this movie the best it could be. This could be a very important film in terms of setting up Avengers: Infinity War, but he is focusing strictly on this movie and not what comes after it.
This is the cool thing is that anything goes in these early stages, ideas-wise. We really are in the early stages.
Waititi seems like the perfect choice for this film. The more he talks about his vision for the movie and what he hopes to achieve and bring to the MCU, the more myself and the whole crew here get excited.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters November 3, 2017.