Thor: Ragnarok is this year’s final Marvel movie. It will see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor going through a major change. It is not just a lesson learnt for the fictional superhero but also for the man who has helmed it.
Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok learnt a lesson from the hugely disappointing Green Lantern that he was a part of along with Ryan Reynolds.
Screen Rant reported that they had a word with the director and without naming anyone he explained why some superhero movies tend to not perform well at the box office. He said,
“I mean, when I was in [Green Lantern] I was just determined to try and do a good job with the job I was doing there. I spent a long time just sitting around on set, as you do, and so I’d watch a lot of how Martin [Campbell] would run things. And he’s a great– he runs a set very, very well, and very efficient. But again, very different to the way I do things, and I think I probably learned more watching a lot of other super hero movies, and a lot of big studio films, you know. I started realizing, ‘Oh I think I know what’s going wrong with these films.”
He also added that,
“Usually it comes down to story, and the fact that they… I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out too much [laughs]. But story is still king in my mind, and we worked a lot on the script. We stopped for an hour to just keep working a scene to make sure we got it right, and to make sure that it made sense. There’s one way you can do it, [which] is just bust on through and try and make your day, and you get stuff in the can, but it’s basically worthless when you come to edit.
So we just want to take the time to make sure we get stuff right. And all these actors are great at that. Chris [Hemsworth] especially is very smart and very savvy when it comes to story. I think he’s learned on a lot of the films he’s done, you’ve got to discuss it and make sure you get it right the first time. So we spend a long time doing that.”
Waititi’s comments sound very much like what Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds’ comments were about the movie. According to him the reason why the movie did not work was because the studio rushed to release a poster first, then get a release date and finally start working on the script.
Had the studio really worked on a script, the movie had a lot of potential and could have also been the start of DC Extended Universe instead of Man of Steel. Since MCU had already been launched, WB/DC’s aim must have been to not be left behind and grab the opportunity to establish DC’s own cinematic universe.
As of now Reynolds has a successful gig as Marvel/Fox’s superhero Deadpool and Waititi has been receiving good response for his direction in Thor: Ragnarok. With the movie set to release soon, one can only hope that it establishes itself as one of MCU’s most successful movies.
Thor: Ragnarok will see Hemsworth’s Thor captured and forced to fight on the distant planet Sakaar, which is on the other end of the universe. He will meet his old Avengers ally Hulk there and together the two will go on an intergalactic journey and try to stop Hela from destroying Asgard.
The movie will release this year on Nov. 3.
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