Despite being the third installment of the Marvel franchise, the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" film from director #Taika Waititi is set to be a "standalone" film. From Thor's new haircut to the new look and feel of the movie based on the trailers alone, it is evident that Waititi wanted to set his film apart from the previous "Thor" films. And this is not out of disrespect for Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, who directed the first and second films, respectively. The problem that some fans and critics see in the franchise is that all three films were made by different directors with different visions and interpretations of the character. Moreover, the second film was criticized for being darker than the first installment.

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Visually, the second film was stunning, but it was clearly a departure from its predecessor. Moreover, the villain, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, often outshined Thor (#Chris Hemsworth) himself. This time, however, Waititi is ready to bring back the focus on Thor himself, nd brings his own vivid touch to the big screen with the Marvel character.

Taika Waititi's main challenge in creating 'Ragnarok'

Taika Waititi recently opened up about the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" and the challenges he faced in creating the film. He told Screen Rant, "The main challenge for me was actually working at getting away from the other two films...I think they’re good films. But I don’t mind if people start with this film."

Waititi explained that personally, "[Ragnarok] has to be a standalone thing." Based on the trailer alone, it definitely looks like a departure from the previous "Thor" films.

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From the colors to the characters and the first ever female Marvel villain, it looks like "Ragnarok" is taking a page from James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and injecting more fun and humor into the upcoming film. The latest TV spot even featured the God of Thunder struggling to name his new band of warriors, coming up with the name "Revengers" in allusion to the "Avengers," which he is still part of.

Stan Lee did improv for his cameo

A Marvel film wouldn't be complete without a Stan Lee cameo. In the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok," the comic book creator will also appear, but he hasn't disclosed what character he plays. Comic Book reported that according to director Taika Waititi, "[Lee's] cameo is one of the funniest things in the film." "Thor: Ragnarok" arrives in theaters on November 3 and tickets are now available for pre-order.

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