Waititi. Ruffalo Talk “Thor 3” Humor, Hulk Arc

Filmmaker Taika Waititi has continued talking about the upcoming production of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” which he is slated to shoot later this year in Australia.

Speaking with Collider, Waititi revealed his current work on the script is dealing with the film’s humorous elements and how they can increase the jokes without slipping into parody:

“I love that one moment in Avengers when Hulk grabs Loki and rag dolls him. It lends itself to great humor, do you read those comic books? They’re wacky. They’re crazy. I think that’s exactly what they need, to keep changing it up. They’ve got their dark films, some are more serious, and I think it’s great that they’re mixing it up. I really want to inject my style of humor into this.”

He also says that despite the whole reputation of Marvel of being rigid when it comes to creativity on these films, he actually has more freedom on the project than he expected:

“I’ve learned that there are really no rules. There’s no road map. They’re very similar to Pixar in that way. They are constantly looking for the best story, they’ll tear everything down to rebuild it to make sure they have the best story. That’s why Marvel is good, they keep pushing and pushing and trying to get the best thing possible. That’s what I’ve discovered the way things have changed.”

In related news, Mark Ruffalo has spoken with Yahoo this week at Sundance about the arc for his Bruce Banner & The Hulk character and how it will carry over into the “Avengers: Infinity War” two-film saga:

“I’d love to do a Hulk movie, but that’s beyond my control. It’s controlled by Universal [Pictures]. Marvel doesn’t even hold the rights to it. So, it’s not on the horizon. And I don’t know if it will be. But we have worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie.”

Ruffalo also spoke about “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon and how his departure from Marvel has affected him:

“He basically told me it [Ultron] was [his last one] and I was like ‘goddamn it, you dragged me in to this world and now you’re abandoning me here. But they’re doing fine. Joss’ll do fine. I just miss him, and I will miss him. He cracked this character, he obviously cracked the Avengers which was nearly impossible. It was a miracle and he did it so beautifully.

I think the Russo brothers are great and I think they’re well positioned to take it on, and I’m happy to be doing it with them, but I’m friends with Joss. He had a hard time making the first one and he had a hard time making this [second] one. I think it’s partially the nature of that beast.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” is set to open in theaters on November 3rd 2017.