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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Hails From The Shadows

Marvel is apparently in final negotiations with “Flight of the Conchords” staple Taiki Waititi to helm the final installment in their Asgardarian trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok.  Following in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, Waititi will direct Thor’s Phase Three adventure, which is slated to hit theaters on November 3, 2017.  Filming is expected to begin next June, although the location of the shoot appears to still be up in the air.  While Australia has been strongly considered, the latest rumors had it set for the usual Atlanta shoot for many Marvel productions.

The previous script penned by Christopher Yost is reportedly being rewritten, although it is not clear who is responsible for scripting duties this time.  Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both set to reprise their lead roles as Thor and Loki.  Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Jamie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elbra (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Zachary Levi (Fandral), and Tadanobu Asano (Hogan) are all expected to reprise their roles as well.  Early reports had the film not taking place at all on Earth, so it’s unclear if we should expect the return of franchise regulars Natalie Portman (Jane), Stellan Skarsgard (Selvig), and/or Kat Dennings (Darcy).  Given Portman’s comments in the past, I won’t be too surprised if Jane is written out.

What will Ragnarok hold, beyond the destruction of Asgard and further setting up the coming of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the events of Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2?  We’re not entirely sure, beyond assuming everything awful that happens is Loki’s fault.  Fans have long desired to see antagonists Amora the Enchantress and Skurge the Executioner brought to the screen.  If it were to happen here, the latter would certainly be a perfect role for Waititi’s pal Jemaine Clement.  The demon Surtur seems likely to be included and this film would certainly be a great way to introduce Thanos’ great love, Death, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Some might be scratching their heads regarding the hiring of Waititi, but I’m personally excited.  Taiki is a fresh and interesting voice to bring into the fold and his hiring is not entirely unprecedented.  In addition to falling in line with past left field Marvel hires like The Russo Brothers and James Gunn, Waititi already has a working relationship with Disney via scriptwork for their upcoming animated film, Moana.  I’m very excited to see what he brings to the table in the Thunderer’s trilogy capper.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Waititi’s hysterical vampire horror comedy, What We Do In The Shadows.

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