Striking the right balance between light and dark is crucial to whether a superhero movie is epic or downright silly. Recently, the #MCU seems to be erring on the side of humor, packing Doctor Strange full of odd quips and misplaced one-liners, and it certainly seemed like they'd made the wrong choice for the character — known to be rather serious and grandiose in the comics.
It looks like 2017's slate of #Marvel movies will also tickle our collective funny bones: Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 both have comedic elements, which is part of their appeal. However, when it comes to #ThorRagnarok, fans are worried that Marvel might be taking the comedy element a bit too far. And what's the only thing to do when you have concerns about a movie? Hassle the director on Twitter, of course!
Taika Waititi, known for Flight of the Conchords and the excellent vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, was asked how he felt knowing that a potential comic tone in Ragnarok made some people angry. This was his response:
When asked for further thoughts on this issue, the director gave a ponderous answer.
With the super serious Logan premiering soon, it's easy to see why Marvel fans are hoping to see a tone of sincerity in the MCU. However, rumors that Ragnarok is just too funny seem to be mostly based on Waititi's directing history, as well as the excellent Team Thor shorts that were included in the Civil War and Doctor Strange home releases (also directed by Waititi).
So while there's no doubt that Thor: Ragnarok will be entertaining, it's unlikely to be an all-out comedy laughfest, especially considering the dark subject matter and multiple hints that this movie will mark the end of Asgard.
And remember kids, when hassling directors online don't stoop to profanity — after all, we're werewolves not swearwolves.