This week has given us tidbits relating to two of the most-anticipated movies from the MCU: a trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and a brief on-set video from Black Panther. That one only really teased that the cast is a bucket of fun, which we already knew, but the movie doesn’t come out for another 10 months, so we have to take what we can get.
This one-two punch of Ragnarok and Panther reignited a question that has been burning in my soul ever since its directors were confirmed to board the USS MCU a year-plus ago. Taika Waititi or Ryan Coogler: which is the MCU’s hottest director? Sorry, Ken Branagh, you’re not in this fight. I guess you shouldn’t have cheated on Emma Thompson.
Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi has a fun, goofy style that meshes well with his filmography, which includes Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows and the excellent coming-of-age comedy Boy, for which he dressed up as a New Zealand version of Michael Jackson.
When not required by a film script to dress like a crazy person, Taika Waititi… still sometimes dresses like a crazy person, because God only gives you one life and it’s incumbent upon you to live it to the utmost. Thus: the pineapple shirt
and this jacket, raided from your alcoholic aunt’s closet
This panther jacket seems positive demure by comparison:
I’m not sure what this sweater is, being half covered by Good Deeds, but I’m sure it’s excellent:
By comparison, Ryan Coogler’s (Fruitvale Station, Creed) red carpet presence extends mostly to your classic suit.
Really, though. If you saw Ryan Coogler and his regular collaborator Michael B. Jordan in a photo together. And you didn’t already know who they were. And someone asked you “which of these men is a movie star and which is a director?,” you’d have to flip a coin, right? You couldn’t tell.
How does he look like a male model? How is this fair?
As you can tell, Coogler’s public demeanor is pretty serious, whereas Waititi is a full-on ham:
When Coogler does smile, however, it’s like a choir of a thousand glorious angels descended from heaven.
Taika has the silver fox thing going.
But Coogler has guns.
Taika has core strength…
…but Coogles could beat the everloving shit out of Rocky himself.
And they both have tats.
Both have availed themselves of some questionable fashion designs in the past. I’m pretty sure those are sweats on Coogler, and I’m sure that’s a dad sweater:
While Taika needs to step away from the newsboy caps and Tom Sellek facial hair and never look back.
At the end of the day, they’re both bona fide dreamboats. But who’s the hotness yacht and who’s the hotness dinghy?