Audiences and critics are rejoicing at the hilarity and stylish action that director Taika Waititi brought to Thor: Ragnarok, with many arguing it's the most fun Marvel movie yet. While Ragnarok was filled with Easter Eggs to other Marvel films, there was also one quick joke that took us back to a previous Waititi movie.
In 2014's What We Do in the Shadows, which starred Waititi alongside Jemaine Clement and Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords, a mockumentary crew followed around a trio of vampires living together in the modern day. To fans' delight, it apparently exists in the same cinematic universe as Thor.
Korg The Vampire Hunter Connects 'Ragnarok' And 'What We Do In The Shadows'
Prior to going up against the big, green meanie, Thor is imprisoned in a prison cell with other gladiators in a room that loops in a "freaky circle," and is introduced to Korg, the polite and soft-spoken leader of the imprisoned gladiators, portrayed by none other than Waititi himself.
As Thor and Korg prepare for their arena battles in the weapons cache, Korg finds a weapon with three wooden spears affixed to its end, with the Kronan warrior offering the "big wooden fork" to Thor. The Avenger turns it down, and Korg notes a valuable use for it:
"Yeah, not really useful, unless you're fighting off three vampires that were huddled together."
To those unfamiliar with Waititi's previous work, this might have seemed like a general vampire joke — but longtime fans recognized this as a reference to his 2014 horror comedy mockumentary centered around three vampires living in New Zealand.
Time For A Sequel
When Shadows debuted in 2014, it proved to be a major success, earning widespread praise for its quirky and satirical humor. It was an indie box office hit, grossing almost $7 million off of its $1.6 million budget. Shortly after its release, Waititi and co-writer/co-director Jemaine Clement announced plans for a sequel centered around the werewolves seen in the first film.
With Waititi and Clement both preoccupied working on Marvel properties — Clement is starring in FX's X-Men series #Legion — the news of a Shadows sequel has been dormant ... until now. In an interview with live YouTube channel BUILD to discuss Ragnarok, Waititi confirmed that he and Clement will return to co-write and co-direct the sequel, cleverly titled We're Wolves.
While this news certainly made every fans' day, there was the unfortunate caveat: it won't be premiering any time soon. Waititi joked that the sequel wouldn't come out for "seven years," and that he and Clement are "notoriously terrible at writing together," adding:
"[W]e’ll email each other one line of dialogue once a month. ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ took six years to write.
Though a delayed release might make the wait all the more unbearable, the news that Clement and Waititi will reunite for the sequel — eventually — is all fans needed to hear to get their hopes up.
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