For all that Marvel is a massive company with huge budgets, they certainly don’t always play things safe. Robert Downey Jnr was a B-lister crashing out of the industry for the second time before Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth was a minor up and comer whose success could have been a flash in the pan and Chris Evans, while a fairly well-known and bankable lead in romcoms, had already starred in a superhero flop as Johnny Storm.
Likewise, they’ve had some maverick directors. Though James Gunn was forced out under controversial circumstances, he’d overseen two hugely popular Guardians Of The Galaxy movies and was due back for a third.
Seeing as that now won’t be happening, many have suggested Taika Waititi for the position. He galvanised Thor with a similar sense of humour, handled the cosmic elements brilliantly and knows how to juggle big casts. There’s just one problem: Waititi isn’t interested.