Report: Marvel Execs Upset over Viral Smooching Pics with Director Taika Waititi, Rita Ora & Tessa Thompson

Saturday May 29, 2021

Director Taika Waititi
Director Taika Waititi  (Source:Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Executives at Marvel Studios are apparently not too happy with director Taika Waititi over photos that went viral last week and showed him kissing his girlfriend, pop star Rita Ora as well as getting close with actress Tessa Thompson, who stars in his "Thor" movies, according to a report from the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph (via The Independent).

Waititi found himself in the headlines last week (which shouldn't come as a surprise since he began dating tabloid favorite Ora) when pictures surfaced showing the couple getting cozy with Thompson on the balcony of the "Jojo Rabbit" filmmaker's home. It didn't take long before the pics went viral on social media.




The Independent notes that Waititi is currently filming the sequel "Thor: Love and Thunder" in Australia.

According to the Daily Telegraph, executives reportedly reprimanded Waititi, who will also helm an upcoming "Star Wars" film, for the viral snaps. A source close to the film's production told the paper the behavior in the pics is "not exactly the image they're looking to project in relation to one of their biggest franchises." They added that even though he has a reputation of being a "party animal," Marvel execs said the pics "crossed the line."

"Thor: Love and Thunder" will hit theaters on May 6, 2022. It finds Chris Hemsworth returning as the titular hero and marks Waititi's second "Thor" film. It will also be his follow-up to his 2019 film "Jojo Rabbit," for which he won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.