“Thor: Ragnarok” Goes Retro Sci-Fi, Ignores MCU

Back when it was announced it was suggested that the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” would be the film to serve as the major precursor to “Avengers: Infinity War,” setting up elements of the Infinity Stones and the war to come with Thanos.

Once director Taika Waititi came onboard it sounded like the project had been retooled and taken a different direction. Turns out it is quite different – so much so that this third “Thor” film will not only essentially ignore its predecessors but much of the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as well.

Speaking as part of a Reddit AMA, Waititi says: “I made an effort to ignore the fact there are other Thor films. I honestly know NOTHING outside of what I’m doing. I’m trying to ignore the rest of the universe and just make my own awesome movie.”

One connection he had hoped to have was to include Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but the Nova Corps character couldn’t be included because: “there was no real way to pull it off.”

Waititi says the 1980s sci-fi fantasy art-style logo for the film which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con for the movie was fitting as “our film feels like that… and more. 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. You can expect a Taika-esque tone. They’ve been very accepting of my style.”

He also touched upon his mockumentary short film about Thor’s life during “Captain America: Civil War” and his time with his roommate Darryl. Waititi says he’d love to shoot more of those if Marvel will let him: “That would be a dream come true. I’d love to actually make a bunch of them.”