The Thor franchise is the one Marvel franchise to not have had the same director for more than one movie, so the director search for each sequel is crucial. We know the third installment will be [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858), but we haven't known who will be helming it.
But the news just broke via The Wrap that Marvel is in negotiations with What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi to step into the role. If negotiations go through and he lands the job, it will continue Marvel's pattern through Phases 2 and 3 to look outside the group of established directors to up-and-coming indie and genre directors with clear visions and a distinct voice.
Waititi does not have a lot of experience under his belt, having penned the script for Disney's Moana, along with directing an episode of Flight of the Conchords and the aforementioned What We Do in the Shadows.
But Marvel's strength is putting the right people into the right roles, regardless of experience, and, as Kevin Feige said at this past Tuesday's press event, "if over the course of three or four or five meetings they make [the idea] way better than what we initially were spewing to them, they usually get the job." So Waititi apparently brought something to the table that Feige & Co. loved.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3, 2017.