'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Views It as a Standalone Film and Not a Sequel

Saturday, 05 August 2017 - 3:35PM
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Saturday, 05 August 2017 - 3:35PM
'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Views It as a Standalone Film and Not a Sequel
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The first two Thor movies were both pretty similar, split between a futuristic Asgard and dusty old Earth, with Thor trying to balance his duties as the son of Odin with his love for Natalie Portman's Jane Foster. They were fine, but neither was Marvel's strongest film.
 
But Thor: Ragnarok is doing something different. Natalie Portman has long since left the MCU, we've barely seen Earth in the trailers, and Asgard looks pretty destroyed (as does Thor's hammer Mjolnir) while Thor is sent to the barren-but-colorful planet of Sakaar. It looks nothing like what you'd expect from another Thor movie, and according to director Taika Waititi, that's the idea.
 
Speaking to io9, Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt For the Wilderpeople) quickly abandoned the mindset that he was making a sequel to the past two films, building off the characters of Thor and Loki but otherwise telling a completely new story. Waititi explains:

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"To be honest, what I did was I tried to approach [Thor: Ragnarok] as if there were no other films. So I wanted to make this a standalone film. And I loved Thor 1 and Thor 2, but if I was gonna make this film my own, I couldn't try to make a follow-up movie, to make the next episode. I wanted to make my own thing."
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This makes a lot of sense, as Waititi has a distinctive style that wouldn't vibe with what Kenneth Branagh built up in the first movie. From what we've seen, the film looks remarkably different from the past two Thor films, in a good way.

The first Thor from 2011 certainly wasn't drab, but it avoided bright colors: most of Asgard was a muted gold, while the Frost Giant's home of Jotunheim was fittingly a pale, cold blue. And Thor: The Dark World took that color scheme and added even more dark colors to suit Malekith and his dark elves from Svartalfheim. 
 
Ragnarok blows all of that out of the water, with a 1980s sci-fi color palette (intentional on Waititi's part) and tons of colorful aliens who look nothing like the Asgardians we're used to seeing. Things like the Hulk's enormous skull bed and Jeff Goldblum's villainous Grandmaster would look wildly out of place in previous Thor stories, but they're right at home on the planet Sakaar. 

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One could argue that this movie looks a lot more like Guardians of the Galaxy movie than Thor (especially since Thor will be meeting the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War), but that's hardly a crime considering how much fun those movies have been. But as long as Ragnarok stays away from a classic rock soundtrack, it should do just fine establishing its own, unique voice.
 
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.

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