Taika Waititi has had huge success with her portrayal of Thor, which started with the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok. The film received positive reception from critics and audiences and was a box office success, grossing $853 million worldwide. This weekend, Waititi’s second crack at the God of Thunder hit astronomical numbers in its opening weekend, with Thor: Love and Thunder reaching $302 million worldwide.
Considering the enormous sum of money earned by the Thor franchise, it’s no surprise that Waititi wants to return to direct an eventual Thor 5. Still, in an interview with Insider, the director reveals he’d like to do things a little differently if he were to return. Towards the end of love and thunder, the credits mention “Thor will be back”, which surprised Waititi.
“Well, guess what? It was a surprise for me too. I’m not kidding. I saw it at the theater and I was like, ‘Oh, [expletive]. Really?’ Even Chris was like, ‘What?’ But, of course, he will return. He’s the best character. I mean, maybe I’m a little biased, but it’s the most fun to watch. Now I don’t know what the next step would be. I would definitely do one, but only if Chris did. But it would have to be something surprising and unexpected for me to want to do it. Like what would the new take be? The battles and all the fights are fine, but I would like something that feels unexpected as far as the story goes. Like just making a $5 million movie with no fights, just Thor on a road trip. Like ‘Nebraska’.”
A budget of $5 million would undoubtedly be a huge change for Thor and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. The lowest budget for an MCU movie is the 2015 film, The ant Man, with a budget of $130 million. It’s highly doubtful that Disney and Kevin Feige would opt for Taika Thor 5 idea; however, we can wait to see if the fifth installment will be Thor on a road trip with Korg.
The love and thunder Post-Credit Scenes May Hint at Thor’s Future Direction
SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder Ahead
During Thor: Love and Thunder, MCU fans get their first look at Zeus (Russell Crowe), Marvel’s most praised and one of the most powerful gods. He resides in Omnipotence City, a hidden and majestic land where the gods throw their craziest parties. It is here that Thor fails to convince Zeus of the imminent threat of Gorr, The God Butcher.
Zeus attempts to imprison Thor and the rest of his crew, forcing the Thunder God out of town, hitting Zeus with his own lightning bolt in the process. At this point, the god is presumed dead. However, during one of Marvel’s famous post-credit scenes, we see the aftermath of Thor’s trip to Omnipotence City. In fact, Zeus lives the conflict and seeks revenge against Thor and his allies. Initially, he talks to someone offscreen who he thinks will give him the best chance of defeating the God of Thunder before the camera pans to his son, Hercules, played by Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso). Hercules promises to avenge his father, which is probably the direction Thor 5 will lead.
If Taika Waititi will be there to lead the eventual, unprecedented fifth Thor the movie is unknown. However, it will more than likely be a big-budget, action-packed ride.