Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi reveals he lied to the Marvel bosses to land his hugely successful Ragnarok directing job.
Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi shifted the tone of the God of Thunder’s film saga and turned it around as a series with Thor: Ragnarok. To get the job, however, the filmmaker employed a few tricks that might have made Loki proud.
Appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Waititi discussed getting the job and how he impressed the ones at the top of Marvel Studios. “Say yes to everything. ‘Absolutely, I can do that. I won’t let you down.'” He added, “It’s like getting any job. If you want a job, you’ve got to lie. You’ve got to fake it.”
Waititi is set to make his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the fourth installment in the Thor film saga– Thor: Love and Thunder, which also sees the return of actor Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Moreover, the film will see Jane take on the mantle of Thor and wield Mjolnir. While it is certain that actor Chris Hemsworth will star, it’s uncertain what role the titular Asgardian will play in the film and whether or not he continues to wield his god-like powers.
While details are scarce, as should be expected with any MCU film, Waititi has previously explained how he wanted to explore some of the central characters more thoroughly, such as Valkyrie. Star Tessa Thompson previously revealed she and Waititi have discussed exploring the warrior’s sexuality further. “We talk so much about representation and obviously, in terms of the LGBTQIA community, there’s still so much work to be done. But if you look at the comics in the canon, there are so many queer characters!” She said, later adding, “Its hard because Taika and I would’ve even liked to go further, but in the context of the movies, there’s only so much we can do… Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time invested in love stories in Marvel movies in general.”
In general, Waititi has made clear that the upcoming film will distinguish itself from Thor: Ragnarok by being even bigger and more spectacular. He teased early on, “It’s crazier. I’ll tell you what’s different… There’ll be far more emotion in this film. And a lot more love. And a lot more thunder. And a lot more Thor, if you ‘ve seen the photos.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to hit theaters on July 8.
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