In the last few years, Marvel Studios films have taken some small steps in terms of departing from a core formula that dominated much of their early slate. The first “Thor” was the first step, and the likes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,’ “Doctor Strange” and now the ‘Guardians’ sequel have seen them experiment with tone and visuals further.
None though will reportedly compare to Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” which will be Marvel’s ‘biggest departure’ to date – thanks in no small part to the much-acclaimed director.
In the wake of the release of the film’s first trailer, plenty of comparisons were made to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and suggested this third ‘Thor’ film would be akin James Gunn’s sci-fi epics.
Not the case says Marvel’s Kevin Feige who tells
“Well, I think I would say it’s, and as people see more of Ragnarok, it’s a Taika tone more than a Guardians tone. He’s really adding a unique point of view to it, but certainly the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions, and I think that led to Doctor Strange and certainly, ultimately, leads to the things we’re doing in Infinity War.
You know we did the comic books as you well know do all sorts of fun, mind-bending, trippy storylines that you really hadn’t seen in any movies until we started scratching that surface with Thor and a little bit more in Avengers. A little bit in the quantum realm of Ant-Man. It was really Guardians and then Strange and now Guardians 2 which is saying, ‘Okay, the audience is gonna stay with us on this.’ Why even attempt to make a movie out of the infinity gauntlet if you can’t really do a lot of the crazy things that happen in that Jim Starlin imagination.”
Feige also spoke about the currently in production “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” with the latter having not been given a title yet. Feige tells Cinema Blend that they’re “two very different movies” and he won’t reveal the fourth one’s subtitle yet at as it contains a big spoiler for ‘Infinity War’.
“Thor: Ragnarok” opens in cinemas in November, “Avengers: Infinity War” hits May 2018.