The “Ragnarok” in Thor: Ragnarok refers to the end of the world as imagined in Norse mythology, so naturally this would be an ideal setting to introduce more comedy into the Thor series. It may sound weird, but apparently, that’s Taika Waititi‘s plan in a nutshell for the third movie about Marvel’s God of Thunder. We know from Thor: The Dark World that Loki’s now in charge of Asgard posing as Odin. We know from Avengers: Age of Ultron that there’s some bad stuff going down in Asgard (at least that was the jist of Thor’s fever dream), and we think that we know that Cate Blanchett is playing Hela, Queen of the Underworld in the film. So sure, let the laughs begin.
While cornered at Sundance, The Wrap asked Waititi about the tone and style for Thor: Ragnarok. “Just take what they’ve done before. I’m just going to take the second Thor film and just add some jokes to that,” he said simply.
This is quite the change from last fall when screenwriters Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle said that Ragnarok would be the darkest Marvel movie yet, but there seems to have been much rejiggering of the that movie since, including Marvel Studios‘ move to sign up the man that made the wickedly funny What We Do in the Shadows to direct it. Also, Mark Ruffalo has come onboard to reprise the role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk, the plot is now being described as a “universal road trip” movie, and Stephany Folsom, writer of the Blacklisted 1969: A Space Odyssey of How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon, has been hired to do re-writes.
Producer Kevin Feige has said that he wants the movie to be funnier, and comparisons have been made to Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of tone, so it looks like everyone in creative control of this is of one mind: Ragnarok will be a comedic apocalypse with stops all around the universe! Check out Waititi’s interview with The Wrap below:
Thor: Ragnarok will be in theaters everywhere on November 3, 2017