Being an actor or filmmaker attached to a high-profile project, such as a Marvel or a Star War can frequently be a nightmare, let’s be honest. The fervent fandoms have strong opinions from the jump, and they will let their feelings be known on social media before a single frame of a movie or TV show has been shot.
When Taika Waititi was first attached to direct Thor: Ragnarok, he was no exception, and immediately came under flack from online trolls. It must be remembered that at the time, Waititi only had a few independent New Zealand-based comedies to his name – Eagle vs Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Since Ragnarok, Waititi has been attached to many high-profile projects, including a Star Wars film, a Roald Dahl TV series, and an adaptation of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Incal. But he told Stephen Colbert; “When I did Ragnarok, there were a few people who didn’t know what I did and what I’ve done before, and they said ‘Oh, he’s gonna ruin it!'”
Waititi chose to troll them right back; “I like to listen to the fans and then troll them back, because it just brings me some joy in my life. I have many joys in my life, my kids, and trolling fans,” he joked. “I would write back ‘Oh, I’m gonna ruin it, alright! 100 percent!’ And then I would write back ‘You don’t know what you want until I give it to you!’ and stuff like that.”
Waititi has also experienced the more positive side of fandom, with the heart-warming reaction to HBO Max’s Our Flag Means Death on social media. Thor: Love and Thunder will be out on July 8, and it features Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor, so Waititi will have to brace himself for the online trolls once more (probably).