Marvel Cinematic Universe has extended its multi-verse to include more characters from its movies. A move that may be in anticipation of Avengers Infinity War but a move that has also given its upcoming releases to explore worlds other than Earth. Thor Ragnarok, which is slated for a 2017 release will venture out of the Earth’s realms and into other locations like Asgard and Sakaar. A fact that may have been challenging for Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
Waititi was recently interviewed by the A.V Club about the upcoming release and he discussed what made Ragnarok so different from the rest of MCU’s films. Waititi made comparisons with another Marvel movie which had as many teams up as his own film, Captain America Civil War. He said:
“Sometimes I would stop and think, I’m doing a movie that’s got Thor and Doctor Strange and The Incredible Hulk and Loki and every character is so strange and different. Civil War it’s just humans, humans with human problems. Ours is creatures and beings and all these sorts of really different characters. Again displaying human problems, but in outer space or in other worlds.”
Apart from Avengers and Civil War, Thor Ragnarok does indeed have a higher level of superheroes in its cast than most Marvel films. The film, set in the Marvel Multiverse contains planets like the gladiator planet Sakaar where The Hulk will take center stage as a gladiator, and will have elements of the Planet Hulk storyline. The Asgardian aspect of the story will delve into some Viking mythology like the movie’s title “Ragnarok” which meant apocalypse for the Asgardian Gods.
Waititi’s comments may show the evolution of Thor in his third film. Waititi had offered that Thor Ragnarok would be different from the previous films. And the film will no doubt delve into some relatable things, even if they come from the most alien looking of characters.