During a candid Reddit AMA over the weekend, the director was asked how his film stacks up against the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he replied, "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."
Waititi also addressed his relatively simple approach to making the third film in the Thor franchise: "I made an effort to ignore the fact that there are other Thor films," he said, adding, "I'm trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie." (He doesn't have to try that hard; he hasn't even seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet.)
Clearly he's making his "own awesome movie" that feels like a blast from the past. Waititi also confirmed that fans can expect a heavy 1980s influence in Ragnarok, to match the retro sci-fi logo that debuted earlier this summer at San Diego Comic-Con. The director added that the film will have a "Taika-esque tone."
This is all great news. Waititi definitely has his own distinct style — as evidenced by the Thor mockumentary that he wrote and directed for Comic-Con — and if there's one thing a film franchise like Thor could benefit from at this point, it's a stylistic vision. Thor: The Dark World lost most, if not all, of the charm of the first Thor film with a convoluted mythology, but it sounds like Waititi's Ragnarok will be quirky and fun, just like the other films in his canon.
And here's the kicker: He also teased that Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) will be the breakout character in the film, which is quite frankly the best news we've heard yet. Sad Hulk was such a bummer in Age of Ultron. Here's hoping Ragnarok brings some much-needed joy back to the MCU.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.