The best Marvel movies have a certain playful tone to them. Films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man and the first Avengers movie knew this as they juggled high stakes action with heart and humour. It’s something that the first Thor sequel, the Dark World, was kind of lacking. I’m not saying that Thor Two (Thwor?) was a bad film, but it certainly felt out of place in the larger scheme of all things Marvel.
It was dour, depressing stuff that didn’t feel mighty at all. Which is why there’s some hope for Thor: Ragnarok now that Taika “What We Do In The Shadows” Waititi is busy helming the project. The director has a talent not only for creating that playful tone that made previous Marvel movies so successful, but for doing so with lightning-quick pacing that doesn’t skip a beat in his films.
I think [Thor: Ragonarok] will be one of the most adventurous and most “out there” of all the marvel movies. It’s a crazy movie.
Waititi isn’t just going for a tone that is “very different” here, but he wants people to think that the film will be “CRAZY” thanks to the creative freedom that Marvel gave him, freedom that extends to the character of Thor himself:
My favourite character is Thor. But not Thor from the previous films – Thor from Ragnarok. He’s different and amazing.
Thor has of course been through some big changes over the last couple of MCU films. He found love on Midgard, lost it and helped save the world a few times from his own brother and a few rampaging robots. That’s the kind of setup that you’d find in some of the most classic of Thor comic book stories ever published, from a more swingin’ and happening time. And that’s an era that Waititi wants to emphasise on with the new logo for Thor: Ragnarok.
The new logo suits the 70s/80s sci-fi fantasy that this film is becoming.
If there has been one complaint regarding Marvel movies, it’s that the majority of them happen to have very ordinary musical themes, unlike DC and Warner Bros. who have managed to create audio universes for their characters that are simply marvellous, if you’ll pardon the infringement. Thor: The Dark World however, had a fantastic theme running through Brian Tyler’s score. Into Eternity is a fantastic example here, according to he mini-mine that Kervyn had surgically implanted into my neck for just this very moment.
With DEVO artist Mark Mothersbaugh composing the soundtrack for Ragnarok, Waititi is hoping that the audio will complement the visuals to create something special:
I didn’t see that, but I was very aware of the discussions. It was important to me that we got someone who has a very unique flavour for this. Our film is crazy so we needed someone to help compliment that.
Waititi’s only regret? That Dewey Cox isn’t in it:
I would have liked to get John C Reilly’s character [from Guardians of the Galaxy] in the film but there was no real way to pull it off.
I’ll go for crazy over dark any day of the week. After seeing Thor hang out in New Zealand, I’m keen to see how the god of thunder completes his trilogy when he teams up with a certain raging green steroid monster on November 3 next year.
Last Updated: October 18, 2016