7 Projects Taika Waititi Should Do Next To Put The Marvel Hate Behind

Marvel fans can be fickle, there’s no denying that. Taika Waititi the ball’s beauty was in after his whimsical take on the god of thunder Thor: Ragnarok. The film’s success catapulted him to mainstream stardom. Soon after, he would take home an Oscar along with multiple nominations, including best picture for 2019 Jojo rabbit. When he returned to the Marvel fold Thor: Love and ThunderHis expectations were high that this would be his coronation.

Only it wasn’t.

Despite winning millions of dollars, fan and critic reactions have been jaded at best. Overall, audiences were blown away by Thor’s odd love triangle with inanimate objects – namely his hammer Mjolnir and his ax Stormbreaker. Between a silly, lackluster storyline with a confusing ending and bad special effects, love and thunder left a bad taste in the mouth for Marvel fans.

Before anyone throws the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and dismisses the famous director as unfit for another comic book adaptation, consider these potential gems awaiting his Midas touch.

Another shot with the MCU?

The bar with no name

Image via Marvel Comics

With all the hate directed at Waititi’s handling love and thunder, it is reasonable to assume that the writer/director would be less inclined to return to the MCU. On the other hand, that would mean moving away from millions of dollars. Instead of walking out of Marvel’s digitally rendered door, maybe he should look at other projects and let someone else pilot Thor’s Asgardian ship.

Since James Gunn made Guardians of the Galaxy household names, Marvel has scoured the depths for more obscure, quirky characters. Kevin Feige and co. particularly enjoyed exploring the more absurd villains. in the She-Hulk: Lawyer, we were introduced to porcupines, among other things. If the studio wants a great comedy starring Z-list comic book villains, reserve a table at The Bar with No Name.

First introduced in 1986, this is the meeting place for all henchmen and second-rate supervillains. A movie, or possibly a streaming series, that focuses on the events between these random (and often lovable) villains would be perfect for Waititi’s talents. Whether it’s a series of vignettes humanizing the eccentric characters or a larger storyline that brings together a hilarious team of rejects, The Bar with No Name is full of potential stories that become the director’s trademark humor and heart fit.

Howard the duck

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One of the most common complaints about love and thunder is that it was way too silly to put into the drama with little effort. We’ve seen that Waititi can handle more dramatic moments, particularly a few tear-jerking scenes Jojo rabbit. However, his films and series are more comedy than drama. That being said, perhaps it’s best for him to shift his focus to a character created solely for the purpose of satire.

Sooner or later we’re going to get a full Howard the Duck MCU project. He first appeared on the Marvel Studios radar with cameos in both GOTG and GOTG Vol 2. If you look closely during the massive Avengers: Endgame Final battle, he’s there too. Recently we saw him in the Marvel Zombies episode of What happened if…? No doubt Feige and the Braintrust have the character in mind, and Waititi would do wonders with this character. In his hands, Howard redeemed himself from the horrifying 1986 George Lucas adaptation.

The all new, all different DCU

If Waititi is ready to leave the MCU but wants to stay in the superhero world, his old pal James Gunn will almost certainly be waiting for him with open arms. As I have addressed this topic before, I will not repeat the entire list. Still, it’s worth mentioning a few other possibilities, one of which has been dominating DC headlines lately.


Image via DC Comics

Ever since Gunn teased Lobo, the rumor mill has been overheating. Now rumor has it that Jason will give Momoa Aquaman’s trident in exchange for Lobo’s gun and cigar. With a casting slam dunk like this, all you need is the right director. Appearance: Taika Waititi.

Although originally portrayed as a serious bounty hunter and outright villain, DC’s “Main Man” has taken on more comedic roles since the late 1980s and into the ’90s. It would undoubtedly be a box office hit to have Momoa as Lobo in a film directed by Waititi and produced (if not co-written) by Gunn.

Comics are much more than just Marvel and DC

Mainstream audiences may be firmly anchored in the Marvel and, to a lesser extent, DC cinematic universes, but comic book fans know there’s so much more to it than just the big two. There’s a treasure trove of characters and franchises from smaller publishers just waiting to be explored. Waititi could spread its wings with more mature content, not to mention more creative freedom, as it would delve into lesser-known properties like these.

The Maxxx

Image via Image Comics

Here’s an alternate superhero comic that deserves a high-profile adaptation. Other ’90s kids will remember the short-lived MTV cartoon, but The Maxx needs something much bigger, and Waititi would be the man to deliver.

One of the original titles from Image Comics, The Maxxx #1 was released in 1993. Created by legendary comic artist and The Sandman Former Sam Keith, The Maxxx is a dark psycho-fantasy comedy that doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. The story is brought to life through Keith’s darkly beautiful artwork and alternates between fantasy and reality. In the real world, Maxx is a homeless man living in New York City, but his mind travels to another world called “The Outback” where he fights small, predatory humanoids, the Isz, while protecting “the jungle queen”. . She happens to be Julie Winters, his real-world social worker. Sprinkle some humor on this strange tale and you get the gist.

This is a complex story that’s difficult to adapt into a single film, but it would be great for a streaming series starring Waititi.


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Vampires are trending again. Between Anne Rice The Vampire Chronicles and Marvel’s blade He caused a stir and would lead the bloodsuckers to their former glory in pop culture. Of course, Waititi is way ahead of that curve with the vampire comedy, What we do in the shadows. Coincidentally, there’s another adaptation by Image Comics waiting for his touch.

Created by superstar comic writer Donny Cates, Farmer follows a family of vampires deep in the heart of Texas. The Bowmans lived peacefully, ran a grill restaurant and lived on cows’ blood. As you can imagine, things go wrong and the vampires come into conflict with the local townspeople.

Considering the general praise for which Waititi was received What we do in the shadows, it would be interesting to see him take on a family of hillbilly Texas vampires. There is no doubt that he is capable of doing a spectacular job, but it might be too close The shade for his taste. Still, we can dream.

god country

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As much as Waititi seemed to enjoy impersonating Mjolnir and Stormbreaker as Thor’s despised lovers, the director should look into it god country. Around this time last year, it was reported that Netflix was working on adapting the story into a movie, and there was no word on a director. This could be a gem in Waititi’s hands.

The story revolves around Emmett Quinlan, an elderly man suffering from dementia. When a strange tornado drops a magical sword straight from the cosmos into his lap, he finds that touching the weapon restores his spirit to sanity. Similar to the Thunder God’s mighty hammer, this magical item has a name, Valofax. It also speaks and has its own personality. Emmett must defend his Texas home from intergalactic monsters intent on taking over Valofax.

Although the story itself tends towards drama, it does have a touch of humour. All together, and Waititi would be the right choice for god country.

The mask

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I bet Waititi is a fan of The mask, one of the roles that made Jim Carey a comedic superstar in 1994. (There was an awful lot of sequels and the Saturday morning cartoon, but let’s pretend there weren’t, right?) The first film was a huge hit, and it allowed the actor to translate his cartoon antics into a cartoon show, which was basically meant to be a cartoon brought to life. Filled with goofiness, clever jokes, and a frankly ridiculous storyline, it has all the elements that fans have come to expect from a Waititi project. However, a straight reboot or even a straight sequel just seems too easy and boring for someone of his talents. That’s why he should do a real adaptation straight from Dark Horse Comics.

Forget everything you know about The Mask you saw in 1994. Although Carey’s film was based on the comic, Big Head was watered down to be more tame and family-friendly. While the live-action version bears similarities to the comics, Dark Horse’s creation was… intense. It was packed with gory and brutal action mixed with plenty of grown-up humor. That would be perfect for Waititi, who could work wonders with material open to interpretation.

Drop your pitchforks, Marvel mob

This is the internet, negativity abounds. Despite the fact that even the most legendary of filmmakers deserves a dud now and then, there’s no forgiveness for Waititi online…at least not right now. Realistically, we know he’s a capable writer and director, and he’ll succeed. Whether he chooses to remain under the Marvel banner is still a question. By the way, he might be done with the superhero crowd. I hope he comes around.

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