Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Admits ‘I Had No Interest’ in Making Marvel Movies

Two of the four 'Thor' installments were directed by Waititi.

Taika Waititi, recently acknowledged on the SmartLess podcast that he was not interested in directing a superhero film

Waititi said he never imagined himself producing a blockbuster for a major Hollywood corporation. 

Waititi openly acknowledged that money was a factor in his decision to accept the Ragnarok offer.

"What do you know? The director declared, "I had no interest in doing one of those films."

Though he’d been a comic book fan since childhood, Waititi never felt an affinity towards Thor.

Even after researching the character to hone his Ragnarok pitch, the character still didn’t work for the director.

“Thor, let’s face it—it was probably the least popular franchise,” he explained.

He thought if he could do anything for the character or his franchise, it would be to give the ancient Asgardian some memorable traits.

When Bateman asked if the director was nervous that Marvel would balk at his largely comedic interpretation of the character

Waititi responded that “there was no place left for them to go” with Thor in his current iteration.

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