Marvel is close to finally hiring someone other than a white guy to direct one of their movies -- and it's not for "Black Panther," either.
THR reports that director Taika Waititi (although they misspelled his name as "Taiki," oddly), who made the vampire mockumentary "What They Do In The Shadows" last year, is in talks to direct the third film of the "Thor" series, "Thor: Ragnarok."
Waititi's a bit of an unknown to American audiences, but his short film "Two Cars, One Night" was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, and his coming-of-age movie "Boy" is still the highest grossing film in New Zealand. He's also the screenwriter behind "Moana," Disney's next big princess movie, which is currently scheduled for a 2018 release, and he worked as a director and actor on "Flight Of The Conchords" for HBO. Plus, he actually has some experience on a superhero movie set -- he played Thomas Kalmaku in the Ryan Reynolds-led "Green Lantern" movie in 2011.
Previously Marvel has faced criticism for not having enough people of color or women behind the scenes (with the exception of the showrunner for Netflix's "Luke Cage", Cheo Hodari) so Waititi's hiring would also be a huge step forward in that regard; His father is of Maori descent, from the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribe, and his mother is Jewish.
"Thor: Ragnarok," which will hit theaters as part of Marvel's Phase 3 in 2017, will see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returning to his home in Asgard to learn more about the Infinity Stones -- and to stop the apocalypse from happening, if the title is any indication. Considering that Waititi knows how to wrangle old-timey flying vampires with questionable fashion taste, Norse gods and monsters probably shouldn't be much of a problem.