When Taika Waititi decided to take on the challenge of directing the third Thor movie, he knew he needed to approach it in a different way. Thus far, the two previous Thor movies haven't been particularly great films on their own and have mostly gotten by on the charisma of their lead actors and actresses. Screen Rant recently spoke to Waititi about how he planned to approach this movie and make it unique:
"I think the main challenge, for me, was actually working at getting away from the other two films. And again… Yes, the other films are there, and it's great to watch them. I think they're good films. But I don't mind if people start with this film. In my mind, for me, this is is my 'Thor 1.'
I've seen the other films, and I respect them a lot. But I can't spend too much time thinking about this as a threequel. Because then I'll get tied up too much in respecting what went before, and respecting what's going to come after. It just, for me, has to be a standalone thing. Because this could be the only time I do this. And I just want to make it a version of a Marvel film in the best way possible."
We've already established that there is no going back the events which will happen in this film, and the next Thor movie, if and when we get one, will have an entirely new status quo. Going in and basically doing a soft reboot of everything we know about this character is probably the best way to go about fixing the Thor films' problem of inconsistencies. Ragnarok's summary description is given as:
Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. It will be released on October 24th in the UK and November 3rd in the US.