Throughout the run of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the solo Thor outings have not made the ultimate impact or had the quality that others have had. The fantasy adventures have been fun and sometimes humorous but fans have been eager to see more out of the franchise.
Thor was a pure fantasy adventure showing the different journey’s to become king. It gave us our best villain of the film side of the MCU with Tom Hiddleston‘s portrayal of Loki, and he has by far had the most appearances. Chris Hemsworth has been very good in the role and certainly brings the physical look to the role, although I’m sure he doesn’t look forward to getting back into Thor shape after this. But outside of that, the films have been somewhat lacking.
Hemsworth has been making the rounds promoting his upcoming film, In The Heart Of The Sea, and is well aware of the potential of his franchise. While speaking to Cinema Blend, he said he wants to see another Marvel director have a big influence on Thor: Ragnarok.
I think [Thor: Ragnarok] needs to be injected with that sort of smart wit and unexpected kind of humor, kind of what James Gunn came in and did with Guardians [Of The Galaxy]. It was like off center and unpredictable, and I think we can definitely use a dose of that, you know?
Some of that unexpected humor should come with the addition of Hulk, since he has shown the ability to have an unintentional funny side similar to what Drax (Dave Bautista) did in Guardians. It’s unlikely that James Gunn would have the time to help with the tone of Thor Ragnarok being that he’s plenty busy working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Atlanta, but it is worth noting that Marvel is taking a similar approach to Ragnarok that they did with Guardians. With the [unofficial] hiring of an outside the box director in Taika Waititi, Hemsworth is excited to see what he brings to the project.
I feel we had less of the sort of the naivety or fun or humor that the first [Thor] might have had. I wish we had more of that in the second [movie] … We’ve done regal. We’ve done Shakespeare, and we’ve shown that. I think now it’s time to go, ‘Ok, cool. Let’s try something different,’ and Taika just had such a brilliant sort of take and funny kind of ideas about where we could [go], how we could do that.
While I am not familiar with Waititi’s work, Marvel has had plenty of success thinking outside the box. Following in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, Waititi will be under a lot of pressure to bring the heat with the third movie, especially with the script reportedly being incredibly dark.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters November 3, 2017 and will begin shooting in June.
Source: Cinema Blend.