Director Taika Waititi says Thor: Love and Thunder is very different from Ragnarok. Speaking with EW as part of their Summer preview piece, Waititi said he didn’t want to just make Ragnarok again. The idea he came to, that hadn’t been done in the MCU yet, was a rom-com. Though, this is not Sleepless in Seattle. Therefore, no doubt there will be some craziness and a lot of humor in the Love and Thunder movie also.
“What I didn’t want to do is just make Ragnarok again, because that’s been done,” Waititi, 46, tells EW. “I needed to do something more interesting for myself to keep the whole thing ignited and to make sure that I’m feeling creatively stimulated. I thought, What’s the least expected thing with this franchise?”
“Ragnarok felt a bit like a party,” Waititi explains. “It was quite festive. This one is still fun, and it’s got moments of being over the top, but thematically, it’s about something a bit deeper than the last film. It’s not a serious film, and it’s not a drama, but we do deal with ideas that I think a lot of humans deal with — universal themes about love and loss and our place in the world. Everyone sort of asks this question in the film: What is your purpose? What is the reason that you’re a hero, and what do you do when you have these powers?”
“It’s sort of like a midlife crisis film, really,” Waititi adds. “That’s the question we ask everyone: Are we doing the right thing, and are we doing all we can in the world? I think right now, while the world is still healing from this pandemic, it’s a good question to ask. It’s like, well, are we doing enough to look after each other and to look after ourselves?”
The idea of an MCU rom-com normally would fill me with dread. However, the fact its Waititi making this elevates it for me. I know how absolutely mental Waititi is. And I loved Ragnarok and most of the directors TV shows also. Like fellow director James Gunn, there’s just something about Waititi’s style that ticks my boxes. Therefore, I actually can’t wait to see what Waititi has in store for us with Thor: Love and Thunder.
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