Taika Waititi and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Marvel fans may be waiting to see how Thor: Ragnarok will expand the MCU’s cosmic side, but as far as the director is concerned, Ragnarok works best as Thor’s very first, standalone movie. That doesn’t mean that MCU fans should disregard the previous Thor movie and Dark World sequel, or take Ragnarok as an explicit reboot of the franchise, but… it also doesn’t mean they shouldn’t. The connections between Thor’s journey into mystery and, say, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Infinity War are building on what came before. But for director Taika Waititi, they’re not the reason for Ragnarok to exist.

It’s a challenge that every director of a strictly-structured ‘cinematic shared universe’ will have ...

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