Chris Evans' latest film, Knives Out, received an unexpected bit of publicity at the Toronto International Film Festival this year thanks to writer, director and actor Taika Waititi. Best known for his work on Thor: Ragnarok and the recent Jojo Rabbit, Waititi has a reputation for his flamboyant style and offbeat sense of humour.
During an interview that Captain America star Evans was giving for his new film, an ensemble murder-mystery that premiered at TIFF 2019, Waititi wandered over for a hug and inadvertently destroyed the set upon which Evans was about to speak.
Waititi and Evans have both featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Waititi playing the rock-covered Korg in both Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, perhaps the film on which the two would have met. Both actors were in Toronto earlier this month to premiere their new films, with Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, a tale of a young boy in Nazi Germany whose imaginary friend in Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi), drawing both praise and criticism from reviewers. Some critics have expressed concern over the handling of the Nazis in Waititi's film, especially given the current shift toward the right in the political climate of many countries. Knives Out has received praise for its skillful revitalizing of standard murder mystery tropes.
Knives Out is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov 27, while Jojo Rabbit will be on movie screens Oct 18. Although Evans' role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to be over, Waititi will return to the MCU at the helm of the fourth Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder, scheduled for release on Nov. 5, 2021.