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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With a studio like Marvel, it’s easy to assume that the directors come in, call “action” and “cut,” collect their checks, and walk away. Given the very specific plot points they may need to hit with each entry, it’s not hard for some viewers to believe that the directors bring very little to the table.

However, as some filmmakers like James Gunn and the Russo Brothers have proven, under the right circumstances, Marvel Studios is very much willing to follow through with the visions that the directors provide. From the over-the-top comedy to the bone-crunching action scenes, each director brought a lot to the table, and was able to form the story of their respective films to fit their own sensibilities.

Such is the case with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. The traditionally comedy director was able to form-fit the film to his own personal tastes — at least according to his interview with Collider, that’s the case. Here’s what he had to say:

“There were already story ideas when I came on board, but a lot of that changed over the first three or four months. Right from the beginning, [Marvel] wanted to lighten [Thor] a little bit and embrace the adventure aspect of it. The last two films, definitely the last film, were a little darker. Personally I feel if the movie’s called Thor, then Thor should be the best character,. My main focus was making him cool & funny when he needs to be and heroic when he needs to be. If you’ve seen my other films, there’s always a balance between comedy and drama. I think that’s a satisfying story to watch.”

This all sounds like the right direction to take Thor in. I especially like the line regarding the main characters being the best part of the film. This is a trait Pixar walked into Toy Story with with the characters of Woody an Buzz, and it certainly served them well. It’s one that also applies for all great story. While a great supporting cast is also crucial to a film’s success, the importance of a lead character cannot be overlooked.

This is especially the case with Thor, a character whose ridiculousness should be one the main draws to begin with. Turning this story into a more lighthearted adventure seems like a good move, and it’s great to hear that Waititi’s approach with it all was in line with what Marvel wanted.

Do you agree with Waititi that the Thor movies should be more cool and funny than they’ve been in the past? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Collider

  • syambo87

    i like how they’re basing Thor off of his modern versions from the Comics… how he sounds just like a Drunk Buff Blond Guy nobody takes seriously… Holds a Hammer… I’m the MIghty God of Thor… and people are like… Yeah.. Whatever dude…

    Chris Hemsworth has shown to have some Comedic Qualities to him…

    nice Touch on the Toy Story… come to think of it… those 2 characters really carried the Saga… except for the Third Movie…. i thought Buzz played more of a supporting character rather than a 2nd lead…

    secret to a good story is to make the Title Hero the Star… which is why Snow White and the Huntsman failed… it should have been called the Queen and the Huntsman…

    or Batman vs Superman… it should have been called the People vs Superman

    Thor should have been called… The Guy who fell from the Sky…

    now to come and think of it… i think if a movie doesnt reflect the title… it’ll flop… BvS… people expect a movie about Batman fighting Superman like at least half the movie… not 20 minutes in a 3 hour movie… Suicide Squad… 1 helicopter crash doesnt qualify as a Suicide mission…

    formula for success… name the movie based on the movie…

    star wars a new hope… a new hope for sci fi to thrive in a scifi dying era…

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Star Wars: The Force Awakens Only to Die With The Last Jedi

      • syambo87

        HAHAHAHAHAHA… i just realize how quick they killed the franchise with that title…

  • Moby85

    To me the Thor films have been what could be considered Marvel’s weakest. Certainly their most forgettable in that you see them once and don’t necessarily care to own them or watch them again. So perhaps a fresh voice here is good. There’s nothing wrong with Hemsworth’s portrayal and Thor is done fairly well. But yeah, lets make him cool and give him some FUN.

  • Kronx

    I always thought Thor was way too polite for a god. That’s probably why I liked the short films where he had a roommate during Civil War because that was a bit closer to how he would probably act.

    He’s a barbarian space god who can hurl lightning and fly. There’s no reason to leave the theater without thinking the film was crazy awesome.

    However, it’s worth noting that the two Thor films came at a point when Marvel was still being cautious with their movies. I don’t know that audiences were ready for the full Thor.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.