Taika Waititi is the first person of color to direct a film in the Marvel Universe, which was long overdue. But he approached Thor: Ragnarok like a true boss and the early reviews are pretty epic. However, the New Zealand director has a message for the racist haters.
When a Black actor plays a traditionally white superhero, there is always some racist backlash. It happened when Michael B. Jordan played Johnny Storm, when Idris Elba played Heimdall and, now, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. When Taika was asked if he was surprised, he boldly answered, "I'm very shocked by most things in America." He added, "It was disappointing to hear some of that stuff but, to me, it was only a little bit of chatter. And, by the way, she's an alien, she's not from Norway. She can be whatever color she wants." Tell it like it is, Taika!
Watch Taika in the video above and also check out actor Jeff Goldblum's thoughts on what Thor would think of Black Lives Matter.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters November 3.
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