The Kiwi actor and director, Taika Waititi, is known for his eccentricities and multi-faceted take on movie projects, irrespective of genre or theme. Whether it be World War II [Jojo Rabbit], the undead [What We Do In The Shadows], or the Nordic mythology [Ragnarok], the director has transformed every landscape presented to him into an annotated affair of sardonic disbelief, social commentary, or pure satire.
The talent required to transform a scripted narration that otherwise looks like kettle-of-fish into an assortment carefully sorted and plated as a masterclass in storytelling is only possible through the lens of an unafraid directorial artist. For him, “humor is an important tool to throw light on serious issues.”
Taika Waititi Calls For Indian Superheroes in MCU
During the press regalities, the director of the fourth Thor emergence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has claimed to be open to more cultural superheroes on the ground and in the air. The most recent Thor: Love and Thunder is already in the last yard on its way to the theatres. So close to release, Taika Waititi speaks of his Marvel project and the future of the superhero industry.
After being questioned by The Economic Times about whether fans will get the opportunity to see more of Ms. Marvel-like superheroes on-screen, Taika Waititi reciprocated by saying:
“I’d love that. Why not? At this stage, anything goes. There are no rules anymore. We can do whatever we want. I’d love a New Zealand superhero, I’d love to have an Indian superhero, we need native American superheroes.”
The director went as far as to criticize the blandness of everything in the absence of more cultural aspects in our commonplace lives and activities:
“Wherever we go, people complain about immigrants. Can you imagine the flavour of food without them? Without Indian food in America or England, we’d just be eating soggy vegetables. We’d have to eat just flavourless sausages. Food that makes all the countries great is all from immigrant countries. It’s their flavour, baby.”
Taika Waititi Talks Comparison Between Thanos and Gorr
Ahead of the film’s theatrical release, people are buzzing with pre-launch hysteria and excitement. Amid all the chatter also lies the critical comparison between the characters of Thanos and Gorr. Both are murderers and destroyers of worlds. Both kill without compassion and mercy and are guided by an ideology undefeated or untamable by sense and rationality.
However, where others see similarities, the director witnesses a sharp contrast in their modus operandi. Thanos was a Titan God who was inclined toward genocide as he considered the calling to bring balance to this universe a duty. Gorr is a man who grew up learning to pray for the mercy of gods and wait to be rescued from the harsh and cruel world. The gods did not arrive and so Gorr sought vengeance.
Taika Waititi dismisses the claims of similarities between the two as fathers, saying:
“It never really crossed my mind because I never thought of Thanos as a father. And what he did to get that stone, I never felt there were those emotions. And in my film, I really feel the father’s pain. I understand a lot more about why he is doing it. I understand the character of Gorr a lot more.”
Source: The Economic Times