When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced Thor: Ragnarok two years ago, he pointed out that Ragnarok means “the end of all things.” Naturally, fans assumed meant the film would be dark, serious, and filled to the brim with tragedy. A year later, we learned that Taikia Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), an artist not known for dark, serious epics, was going to direct and fans had no idea what to expect.
Not knowing what to expect is actually a pretty good position to be in as a fan. Do you really want to know exactly what you’re going to get from a film years in advance? What fans can expect from Waititi is an original voice telling a bold story that is every bit as wild an unconventional as a Thor film should be. During a reddit AMA this weekend, the director described his film.
“I think [Thor: Ragnarok] will be one of the most adventurous and most “out there” of all the marvel movies. It’s a crazy movie.”
When one reddit user asked about the logo, Waititi pointed out how it reflects some of the inspiration behind the film.
“The style is inspired by 70s / 80s sci-fi fantasy art. Because our film feels like that.”
Not only does the logo reflect how the film feels, but, intentionally or not, it also matches the color scheme and time period of Walt Simonson’s legendary Thor comics run. Based on the concept art shown at Comic-Con in July, Simonson’s work is one of the major sources of comic book inspiration for the film.
All of this information, as great as it may be, is still a bit vague, so another reddit user tried his or her best to get Waititi to define the tone of his film, which he did, just not in “light” or “dark” terms.
“The tone is very different. Think CRAZY.”
I love it. We’re far too accustomed to thinking of the tone of superhero movies as one of only two options despite literally seeing so much variation on the big screen. When I think of Thor, I don’t think about light or dark because his stories have both ends of that spectrum and so much more in between.
There have been numerous Ragnarok storylines in the comics and they’re not all grim, dark epics. They are all epic, but they have a wide, crazy tonal range, especially Walt Simonson’s run. There were tragedies and scares, sure, but there was also the introduction of Frog Thor.
I enjoy the Thor films more than most, especially the first one, but my biggest criticism of them is that they haven’t gone as far as they can and should with such a crazy, cosmic mythology. It looks like that’s about to change and Waititi, whose Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople are all brilliant, is the perfect director to for the job.
Thor: Ragnarok is due in theaters November 3, 2017.