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Taika Waititi Teases His Thor: Love and Thunder Script

You had to know that if Thor: Ragnarok and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Jojo Rabbit Taikia Waititi is going to “live-watch” his own film on Instagram, he’s going to bring it. And that’s precisely what the mega-talented writer/director did last night when he showed up on Instagram to live-watch Ragnarok and ended up dishing about his upcoming sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder, introducing special guests, and generally having a blast.

What’s more, Waititi invited partner-in-crime Tessa Thompson into the chat, Valkryie herself, who had a big role in Ragnarok, an important role in Avengers: Endgame, and will likely be front and center once Love and Thunder finally hits the big screen.

One surprising tidbit we learned is that Thompson is currently as in the dark as the rest of us about the upcoming Thor sequel; she hasn’t read the script yet. Waititi revealed that he’s written about five drafts of it thus far and that the script is actually wilder than his endearingly zany Ragnarok story.

“It’s so over-the-top now in the very best way,” Waititi said. “It makes Ragnarok seem like a really run of the mill, very safe film…this new film feels like we asked a bunch of 10-year-olds what should be in a movie and just said yes to everything.”

Waititi also teased that we might be seeing some “space sharks” in Love and Thunder, known as Starsharks in the pages of Marvel comics. These are, as you probably guessed, sharks that live in space. We’re definitely highly excited about this idea. Maybe Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster will appear riding one?

There was talk of the spread of COVID-19 and the shuttered productions all over the world, a funny gag about the Love and Thunder script in which it was “revealed” that Tony Stark returns and “everyone who died is back and we’re avenging more than ever,” and no news about Christian Bale’s character. The entire thing hummed along with Waititi’s trademark energy and wit. It also gave us a much-needed jolt of hope. Whenever we can get through our current, unprecedented health crisis, it’s nice to think that Thor: Love and Thunder will be waiting for us. Eventually.

Featured image: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 20: (L-R) President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Director Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth of Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

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