Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi has revealed what it would take to get him back for a fifth Thor movie, sharing a wild pitch for where he might take Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god next.
Love and Thunder marks the second time Taika Waititi has helmed a Thor movie, the first being 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. With the latest film’s credits coming to a close with the promise “Thor will return,” the question has been raised of whether Waititi will also return to the franchise.
If he were to be asked back by Marvel Studios, Taika Waititi has revealed his conditions for making another Thor movie and speculated on where he may want to take the series next.
Thor & Taika Hit The Road
In a recent interview with Insider, Taika Waititi was asked about Thor: Love and Thunder‘s post-credits tag, revealing Thor’s return, and was questioned on whether he might return as well.
Surprisingly, the New Zealand director revealed he wasn’t even aware Marvel was going to add that message to the ending of Love and Thunder and apparently neither was Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. But the director admitted he was excited to know this wasn’t the end for Thor:
“Well, guess what? That was a surprise to me, too. I’m not joking. I saw it in the theater and I was like, “Oh, s***. Really?” Even Chris was like, “What?” But, of course he’ll be back. He’s the best character. I mean, I may be a little biased, but he’s the most fun to watch.”
Asked about whether he would return to direct the MCU’s next Thor movie and where he might want to take the franchise, Taika Waititi revealed he would only return if Chris Hemsworth did.
The director also said the film would have to go in a brand new direction and went on to offer up a surprising pitch for a low-budget Thor movie that sounds pure Taika Waititi:
“Now, I don’t know what would be next. I would definitely do one, but only if Chris did it. But it would need to be something surprising and unexpected for me to want to do it. Like what would be the new take? The battles and all the fighting is fine, but I would want something that feels unexpected when it comes to the story. Like making just a $5 million movie with no fighting at all, just Thor on a road trip. Like ‘Nebraska.'”
A Thor road trip movie might not be exactly what MCU fans have in mind for the Asgardian Avenger’s next big-screen outing – especially following Love and Thunder‘s big mid-credits reveal – but Taika Waititi has certainly proved he has what it takes to make such an off-the-wall idea work.
Here is the synopsis for the film:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
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