Taika Waititi is not even a Marvel Studios character, but he is certainly a fan favorite. Ever since his announcement as director of Thor: Ragnarok, fans worldwide have been somewhat obsessed with the extravagant, exquisite director of cult hits like What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople. The third installment of the God of Thunder was a success, pleasing fans left and right and earning some very good numbers on the box office. Considering that no MCU character has more than a trilogy of solo films, people knew it was unlikely that Thor got another movie in the works, and thus Waititi could not return for a follow-up of his Ragnarok hit. Therefore, fans began asking Marvel to give Waititi another franchise to work on.
Well, it seems our lord and savior Kevin Feige has heard our prayers, because it looks like Taika Waititi will be back with Marvel afterall. Asked about his speculated involvement with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 since James Gunn‘s firing, the New Zealander filmmaker said:
No, no, not doing that movie. I’m hanging out with them [Marvel] still, hanging out with those guys and talking about new stuff. I don’t know what it might be yet, but I want to do another movie with them.
While many fans are sure to be disappointed by the confirmation that Waititi, a fan favorite to replace Gunn in the director’s chair, is not attached to the project, we should all be glad with the confirmation that he will be around Marvel a little longer. While the project is still unknown even by the parts involved, it’s good to know that more fun, out of the box action is coming to the MCU.
A follow-up question inquired whether Waititi had ever actually talked to Marvel about the vacant position for the third Guardians film, to which he replied:
I didn’t. For me, those are James’ films. Going into something like that which has got his stamp all over it would feel like going into someone’s house and going ‘Hey, I’m your new dad and this is how we make peanut butter sandwiches now’. It just feels kind of awkward. I just wouldn’t know how to follow up those two films because those are his babies.
That was probably the most Taika way to say what we all feel. In any case, the confirmation of his return to work with Marvel is sure to fuel numerous rumors as to what projects he could be attached to. Let the speculation begin!