Taika Waititi NOT Directing ‘Guardians 3’: “Those Are James’s Films”

Taika Waititi is one of those creative minds that we just can’t get enough of. He directed one of our favorite Marvel Studios films (Thor: Ragnarok), one of our favorite mockumentaries (What We Do In The Shadows), and will be a part of the Cosmic Conflict galaxy (directing an episode of Disney+ series The Mandalorian).

Taika Waititi
Photo by Bill Watters

Waititi’s name was tossed around as a possible option to take over Marvel Studios flick Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following Disney’s firing of writer/director James Gunn, but that doesn’t seem likely.

During the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, Waititi spoke with Deadline about Marvel and Star Wars:

“I want to do another movie with them [Marvel]. For me, those are James’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 I’m still hanging out with those guys and talking about new stuff.”

About the experience of working with fellow Marvel Studios directing alum Jon Favreau on Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Waititi says:

“It was amazing. Favreau is a genius…it’s fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It’s a strangest to see a Stormtrooper, and then when you’re doing a scene with 50 or 60 of them, it’s amazing.

Star Wars is very different to the Marvel style. The tone of the first films really should be adhered to, it’s what the fans like. You can’t disrespect it. Definitely my tone is in there.”

Waititi’s upcoming TV series for FX What We Do In The Shadows (which he directs at least an episode of and is executive producing) is set to hit on March 27th, 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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