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Thor: Ragnarok not linked to Marvel universe, claims director


Story by Jack Foley

THE third film in the Thor franchise will not be linked to other films in the Marvel universe.

According to director Taika Waititi, the forthcoming film intends to be “out there” and “crazy”.

“[I am] trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie,” he told fans while responding to questions in a Reddit AMA.

However, the film won’t be making a complete break from the Marvel universe given that some favourite characters will be taking part, including Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Anthony Hopkins’ Odin and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.

Fans wanting to see more of Natalie Portman’s love interest Jane Foster may be heartbroken to hear that she is being replaced by Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, the first cinematic appearance for the character.

But they can also look forward to several new characters to the Marvel cinematic universe, including super-villain Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, and the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum.

Waititi also teased that there would probably be “a reference” to Doctor Strange in Ragnarok.

Waititi shot to prominence as the director of offbeat horror movie What We Do In The Shadows. His most recent film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople recently opened in UK cinemas to near universal acclaim.

When asked whether he intended to bring his particular brand of humour to Thor, he responded that fans could “expect a very Taika-esque tone”.

And he also hinted that he would be open to creating more short mockumentaries for other Avengers characters, saying he would “love to make a bunch of them”. In August, Marvel released a short comic film directed by Waititi, which explained what the character was doing during the events of Captain America: Civil War, from which he was notably absent.

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