Taika Waititi Open To Directing Other Marvel Characters, But Will Likely Stick With Thor


Long before the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War) became Marvel’s bankable duo within the MCU, Kevin Feige and Co. made a point of recruiting a wide variety of filmmaking talent – from Kenneth Branagh to James Gunn, the list of directors hitherto is truly remarkable.

That’s a tradition that will continue long into Phase 4, with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel) being the latest additions to the fold. But if Taika Waititi has his way – and given the meteoric success of Thor: Ragnarok, we’re inclined to believe he’ll soon hold sway over the God of Thunder’s future – it won’t be long before he’s orchestrating another comic book tentpole for the folks at Marvel Studios.

Indeed, the New Zealand director has already gone on record about his desire to collaborate with Marvel in the not-so-distant future, and when Screen Rant caught up with Waititi to discuss all things Ragnarok, the filmmaker once again reaffirmed that stance, before admitting that he’ll likely stick with Thor. At the expense of Black Widow, perhaps?

As the Thor: Ragnarok press tour begins to enter the home stretch, Waititi revealed his zany pitch for a Black Widow solo movie, one that would skew more toward light-hearted comedy than espionage action. Alas, it’s unlikely to ever see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean Taika Waititi’s tenure in the MCU has reached an end.

I’d be open [to other characters] but I think my preference is Thor because I feel like I’m so comfortable with it and we did such hard work recreating these characters in a way where I’m so comfortable with them and sort of in love with them that, yeah, it just feels like the natural place for me to be. Also, I just love working with Chris. Haven’t had that much fun working with anyone else. I don’t know really, I don’t really even know all the other characters.

We would toss Waititi’s name in the hat for a superhero ensemble movie – remember, the Russo Brothers graduated from Winter Soldier to Civil War in 2016 – but rumor has it that Marvel will begin refocusing its energy on character-driven spinoffs beyond Avengers 4.

Either way, those in North America can look forward to the release of Thor: Ragnarok (our review) this Friday, November 3rd.