Even though Marvel movies feature a lot of action, they are generally not directed by well established, main stream action directors such as, say, Michael Bay. Instead, Marvel look for good story-tellers like Joss Whedon or the Russo brothers, and that concept has proven successful.
However, many fans were surprised by the director choice for next year’s Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi. Having previously directed the horror mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows and even a DC film, Green Lantern, he seemed an odd choice. In a recent interview with Bmag, he revealed that he is aware of this, and touched on directing the third Thor solo installment.
“If you ask the fans, they’ve got no idea why Marvel asked me to do it. I’m absolutely an outside choice for them. Which is good! That’s why I think they do so well. They just keep choosing weird people to make their movies. I think it’s great. It’s awesome. It’s a genius move, really. Why would you get the obvious choice?
It’s like when Hollywood sees a movie that does really well and then they copy that movie. If you’re trying to get someone to make a certain film, you don’t get someone who made the last film that was like your film that you’re trying to make. Because you’re going to get the same film, and it’s going to be boring, and everybody’s going to see how boring it is.
You should get someone who’s really weird, like me, who’s never made one of these things before. And then you guide them and shape them and make sure they don’t spend all the money on leather jackets.”