• Director Taika Waititi (L) and actor Chris Hemsworth attend the Marvel Studios 'Thor: Ragnarok' Presentation during Comic-Con. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The New Zealand director revealed in a recent interview that he's buried references to Indigenous flags into the upcoming Marvel blockbuster.
By
Chloe Sargeant

18 Oct 2017 - 3:01 PM  UPDATED 18 Oct 2017 - 3:01 PM

In an interview with triple j this morning, New Zealand director Taika Waititi has spoken out about the 'easter eggs' he buried in his new film, 'Thor: Ragnarok'. 

Talking to triple j's breakfast hosts Ben and Liam, the director explains that, for his own amusement (and ours), he placed some very cool local references throughout the movie  - including the Aboriginal flag. 

"The ship that they fly out on, the Commodore, we basically just took all the colours from the Aboriginal flag and rearranged everything around the design of the ship, so it's red, black, and yellow," Waititi explained to the radio hosts. "So the heroes of this film are escaping from this world in the Aboriginal flag!"

Waititi also says that another easter egg for Australians is that each of the ships are named after Holden cars - there's the Commodore, the Statesman, the Torana, and the Kingswood. 

The director further explained to Screen Australia that he purposely wanted to fill the giant Marvel film with in-jokes specifically for New Zealand and Australian audiences. As well as the Commodore showing the colours of the Aboriginal flag, another spaceship - the Valkyrie - shows the colours of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. 

“I wanted to fill it with a few in-jokes and things for Kiwis and Australians,” he said. “For me anyway, it would just ground me… so while I'm making this giant Marvel movie I could look around and go, ‘that spaceship, that's painted with the Aboriginal flag colours. No one else knows that but us’. And Valkyrie's spaceship has the colours of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag.”

“So there's lots of little things that would just, for me, help make it actually a true Australian film rather than, ‘oh they just shot a movie in Australia’."

You can watch triple j's interview with Taika Waititi below:

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