Why Thor: Ragnarok's Director Knew He Needed To Make The Movie Funnier

Thor and Hulk speaking in Ragnarok

With Spider-Man: Homecoming now available on demand, the time has come to look forward to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's next installment. Thor: Ragnarok will arrive in just a few short weeks, bringing Thor and Hulk together with friends new and old for an over the top adventure to save Asgard. The film looks vastly different than its predecessors, with far more humor and color than Thor's first two solo adventures. And now director Taika Waititi has revealed why he tried to make the threequel so funny. Aside from how MCU films require some levity, he said it was Chris Hemsworth's comedic chops that inspired him to include more humor, as his timing was underused in the past.

I don't think they'd exploited that enough, not only in the Thor films or the Avenger films but in any of the other films he's been in. He's a real comic talent and I felt like that was something that needed to be showcased. I wanted people to be more on the side of Thor, make Thor the most interesting character in the film. There's no point calling the movie Thor if he's not the coolest thing in it.

I guess if you have a muse, you have to use them correctly. And Taika Waititi wasn't going to let the opportunity to collaborate with Chris Hemsworth's comedic sensibility go to waste.

Taika Waititi's comments to Stuff.Co goes along with what we've been hearing about Chris Hemsworth for a few years now. His supporting role in the recent Ghostbusters movie was complimented by his co-stars and production team, revealing how his improv skills factored into the film. Furthermore, Hemsworth's performance as Thor in the two shorts revolving around he and his roommate Darryl proved how bonkers the thunderous Avenger could truly be. And now it appears that Thor: Ragnarok has taken it to the next level by letting Hemsworth stretch those comedy muscles (of which he has many).

And if the early reactions to Thor: Ragnarok are to be believed, then the combination of Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi is one that really worked out for the franchise. Many have already claimed that Ragnarok is the best Thor film yet, while also putting it in the top tier of Marvel Cinematic Universe installments. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently praised the threequel as well, claiming it may be the funniest (and most colorful) movie in the shared universe. And he would certainly know.

It should be interesting to see if Thor's new sense of humor is brought into Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. It may be hard to steal screen time with such large ensemble casts, so Chris Hemsworth is going to have turn on the charm if he's going to play with comedic characters like Rocket Raccoon and Drax.

Thor: Ragnarok will arrive in theaters on November 3, 2017. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your movie trips in the New Year. You can pre-order your tickets to Thor: Ragnarok now.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.