‘Thor: Ragnarok’: Taika Waititi on Loki, Cate Blanchett’s Character, and Norse Mythology

     February 1, 2016

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During Sundance 2016, Steve had a chance to chat with writer/director Taika Waititi about his new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Of course, the conversation eventually turned to Waititi’s work on the upcoming Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi had recently said that, once he turns his attention to the third solo outing for the God of Thunder, he’ll likely punch up the jokes a bit in the otherwise dark script. But his most recent comments were focused on the more villainous characters, specifically Tom Hiddleston’s return as Loki, and Cate Blanchett’s rumored character, Hela.

While Hiddleston’s return as Loki is a foregone conclusion, we haven’t heard any official confirmation of Blanchett’s role in the film. Waititi toes the line just short of confirming that she’ll be playing Hela, but says that even though it’s early in the filmmaking process yet, things are looking good toward Blanchett becoming a very villainous part of the film. Take a look at what Waititi had to say below (via CBM).


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Though there’s not much of substance here, one imagines that Waititi’s particular brand of humor should be funneled most effectively through Hiddleston’s Trickster God. He’s what he had to say on Loki (Wired):

“At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.”

And this is about as close as you’ll get to Waititi confirming Blanchett joining the picture:

“Yes. Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy.”

He’s even more tight-lipped on Blanchett possibly playing Hela:

“Yeah, the rumor … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.”


tom-hiddleston-thor-ragnarokGetting away from the characters of Thor: Ragnarok a bit, here’s Waititi on his evolving filmmaking experience (Superhero Hype):

“I feel like for me to keep this filmmaking job interesting, I gotta change it all the time. This is an opportunity for me to make something that’s so out of my usual go-to topics and style of filmmaking and make something that’s big and exciting and to test myself. This is the thing. I’m so relaxed in my life right now that it doesn’t matter what happens. I just feel like this is just a great opportunity to learn something. You gotta do that, you just gotta keep learning and that’s what this is for me. Plus also I collected comics as a kid and what filmmaker doesn’t have somewhere in their head that question, ‘Can I do a blockbuster?’”

When it comes to the source material, Waititi’s just confused as the rest of us:

“Nobody knows what Ragnarok is,” he laughed. “I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy! But that’s what I’m going to really concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing,” he continued. “For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything. It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.”


tom-hiddleston-thor-ragnarokWaititi certainly sounds like he’s a man with a plan when it comes to bringing a fresh take to the worlds of Thor, but it’s a good thing they still have until July to start filming.

“This is the cool thing is that anything goes in these early stages, ideas-wise. We really are in the early stages.”

For more on Thor, be sure to take a look at the following links:


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