It did not take long for fans to find their preferred replacement when director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. They wanted Taika Waititi to do for Guardians what he did Thor: Ragnarok. The only problem is that Waititi would never take the job for all the reasons you would expect.
“No, no, not doing that movie,” Waititi said after a TCA panel for the FX TV series based on his 2014 film What We Do In the Shadows (via Slashfilm). “I’m hanging out with them [Marvel] still, hanging out with those guys and talking about new stuff. I don’t know what it might be yet, but I want to do another movie with them.”
Waititi’s reasoning for not wanting the gig points to the challenge Marvel Studios will have in finding anyone to helm GotG Vol. 3. “For me, those are James’s films,” Waititi said. “Going into something like that which has got his stamp all over it would feel like going into someone’s house and going, ‘Hey, I’m your new dad and this is how we make peanut butter sandwiches now.’ It just feels kind of awkward. I just wouldn’t know how to follow up those two films because those are his babies.”
Waititi said that he hasn’t had any conversations with Marvel Studios about GotG Vol. 3. Studio boss Kevin Feige probably knew all along that Waititi would have no interest in filling in for Gunn. The good news, of course, is that Waititi and Marvel are still talking about collaborating on another project.
Waititi and Chris Hemsworth have previously expressed interest about doing for fourth Thor film. If that doesn’t work out, Marvel Studios has plenty of other characters Waititi can choose from, with many more on the way via the Disney-Fox deal.
Though he may not want to do a Guardians movie, perhaps Marvel could convince Waititi to direct a team-up film that includes the characters from that franchise. Thor and the Guardians worked very well together in Avengers: Infinity War.