After James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over stupid pedophile jokes he made over a decade ago — which feels like an especially thick pile of bullsh*t considering Hollywood is yawning at the recent outing of an alleged actual pedophile — Marvel fans seemed willing to roll with the punches if Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi took the reins.
That, uh, that’s not gonna happen. Deadline reports:
For me, those are James (Gunn)’s films. Going into something like that with his stamp all over his films, would be like going into someone’s house and saying ‘Hey, I’m your new dad, and this is how we make peanut butter sandwiches now. It feels kind of awkward.”
However, Waititi made it very clear that he’s still in the Marvel business.
“I’m still hanging out with those guys (Marvel) and talking about new stuff. … I want to do another movie with them.”
In Waititi’s defense, you don’t spectacularly reinvent the weakest franchise in the Marvel catalog only to get downgraded from working with one of the Better Chrises to Absolute Worst Chris. F*ck that. So hopefully this means Thor 4 is in the works. Granted, Chris Hemsworth’s contract is finished after Avengers: Endgame, he’s already hinted that he mapped out a Ragnarok sequel with Waititi. So pour that shit into my veins, please and thank you.
In the meantime, Waititi’s denial that he’s directing Guardians Vol. 3 couldn’t have come at a more awkward time. Just this weekend, Chris Pratt swore to Variety that a final installment is definitely coming.
“I promise there’ll be a third movie, I don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like, but I know everyone on board is just eager to give the fans what they want and wrap up a trilogy in a meaningful way. … We’re still circling the city of Jericho, I like to say,” Pratt added.
For the record, that was a reference to the fictional Battle of Jericho. Because in Chris Pratt’s mind, God wants him to star in a raunchy space movie filled with alien boning and blasphemy so he can continue to endorse a homophobic church full of exactly the kind of rich assholes that Jesus said are going to heaven. Those were definitely His exact words.
(Read: Hello, Kevin Feige? It’s not too late have the raccoon say Star-Lord died on the way back to his home planet. The edit bay is your friend.)
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