THOR 5 Reportedly In Development At Marvel Studios; "Good Chance" Taika Waititi Will Return To Direct

THOR 5 Reportedly In Development At Marvel Studios; "Good Chance" Taika Waititi Will Return To Direct THOR 5 Reportedly In Development At Marvel Studios; "Good Chance" Taika Waititi Will Return To Direct

Following recent comments from Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi, we may have confirmation that Marvel Studios is moving forward with a fifth Thor film...

By MarkCassidy - Aug 19, 2023 12:08 PM EST
Filed Under: Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi recently commented on the possibility of helming a fifth movie, noting that, if the God of Thunder was to return for another solo adventure, he should face off against a villain at least as powerful as Ragnarök's Hela.

Marvel Studios has yet to announce any official plans for Thor 5, but insider @MyTimeToShineHello is now claiming that the project is in development, and while it sounds like Waititi is in line to take the helm, his return may not be a done deal.

While Love and Thunder was far from the flop (it actually performed pretty well at the box office) it's often portrayed as and wasn't exactly lambasted by critics (it sits at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes), it was not well-received by the majority of MCU fans.

Ragnarök injected a lot more comedy into the franchise, but the perception seems to be that Waititi's follow-up overdid it on the humor to the point that it was simply too difficult to take the story - which also dealt with some pretty heavy emotional themes - seriously. 

Even Hemsworth himself has admitted that he feels the movie "just became too silly," so if he does decide to reprise the role for a potential Thor 5, we can probably expect a significant shift in tone.

The Aussie actor also suggested that the Odinson should probably meet his maker in the next movie!

"I feel like we’d probably have to close the book if I ever did it again, you know what I mean? I feel like it probably warrants that. I feel like it’d probably be the finale, but that’s not based on anything anyone’s told me or any sort of plans. You have this birth of a hero, the journey of a hero, then the death of a hero, and I don’t know... am I at that stage? Who knows?"

Would you be interested in a fifth Thor adventure with Waititi directing? Drop us a comment down below.

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Comicmoviejunki - 8/19/2023, 12:31 PM
WTF!!! NOOOOO!!!! KEEP That hack away!!
MCUKnight11 - 8/19/2023, 12:34 PM
Can we wait until November when Next goal wins releases before writing this off?
Taonrey - 8/19/2023, 2:19 PM
@MCUKnight11 - I mean that’s not going to change anyone opinion, Taika originals are different than his cbms. His original flicks have lots of comedy but tend to also have plenty of dramatic scenes. Both his Thor movies were straight up comedies
obarium - 8/20/2023, 3:35 PM
@Taonrey - Taika's originals take years to develop, some take more than a decade, but his MCU films run on the Marvel schedule which I believe is a big reason as to why people didn't love 'Love and Thunder'. I enjoyed it, but I'm aware that if he was given a more realistic time-frame we could have gotten a more appealing film.
MCUKnight11 - 8/19/2023, 12:35 PM
It's just some Twitter scooper saying stuff during 2 ongoing strikes. I say wait until everyone goes back to work before believing these things.
MCUKnight11 - 8/19/2023, 12:35 PM
Hopefully Hemsworth will have better health if this does go forward.
Forthas - 8/19/2023, 12:36 PM
Marvel films is about to become DC Films 2.0.
harryba11zack - 8/19/2023, 12:40 PM
@Forthas - About to? how to tell that someone didn't watch phase 4 without them telling you they didn't watch phase 4.
dragon316 - 8/19/2023, 7:25 PM
@Forthas - she hulk antman three
harryba11zack - 8/19/2023, 12:38 PM
It's time to reboot the character, he was good in thor1,A1 and the iNFINTIY WAR but the character now is a complete mess. i'm done with chris playing chris. give us a comic version of the character. And for the love of god, get a good writer and director.
SuperiorHeckler - 8/19/2023, 12:39 PM
Nope. Not gonna' believe one freakin' word of this until they literally start filming on set with that self-amusing jackass Waititi calling "ACTION!" to Hemsworth himself... 🫤
Origame - 8/19/2023, 12:39 PM
It made $760 mil on a $250 mil budget. In order to calculate the break even point, you need to multiply by 2.5 for both marketing and money for theaters. This comes to $625 mil. Giving it a profit of $135 mil.

While this isn't flopping, saying far from flopping is a stretch. Especially since you don't throw $250 mil into a project not counting marketing to just squeeze by with $135 mil.
Scarilian - 8/19/2023, 4:07 PM
@Origame -
According to Deadline it's profit was $103m

https://deadline.com/2023/04/thor-love-and-thunder-box-office-profits-1235317525/


Thor Ragnarok's profit was $174.2m

https://deadline.com/2018/03/thor-ragnarok-box-office-profit-2017-1202349475/

They spent more on the film to make less profit, that's not a good thing no matter how you spin it. It shows potential brand damage also.
Toonstrack - 8/20/2023, 10:13 AM
@Origame - yes you do. The 135 million is PROFIT. thats not accounting for merchandise. Thats great.
Origame - 8/20/2023, 10:34 AM
@Toonstrack - 1) so you're saying $135 mil of profit after a total of $625 mil put in is a great return in investment?

2) considering merch also requires additional investment and current mcu has been infamous for having their merch end up in clearance bins, you're not gonna convince me that merch is gonna help.

3) if you're considering this profit great then we owe Zach Snyder a HUGE apology. Because batman v superman had a profit of 250 mil, not counting merch. This is actually a huge return in investment compared to man of steel which profited 105 mil. None of which counts merch.
Toonstrack - 8/20/2023, 9:39 PM
@Origame - 1. Yes.
2. MCU meedh does gangbusters fam. Thats why it keeps getting made. Merch is their biggest moneymaker. You seeing a couple clearing figs here and there is anecdotal nonsense.

3. I never said BvS didn't make a profit. But WB clearly wanted more than what they got which is why they canned Snyder and began the downward spiral of their film universe, recutting and hiring and firing.

Clearly marvel is happy with the results of Taikas last film because he's being brought back.
Origame - 8/21/2023, 5:30 AM
@Toonstrack - 1) because this is the equivalent of being satisfied you made $100 in 4 years after putting in $600.

2) again, I'm not believing you until you show the evidence.

3) and that isn't weird to you? Especially when Snyder was giving a growing return in investment and waititi is giving diminish returns.

Besides, this is just a rumor that only says there's a chance he could come back.
Toonstrack - 8/21/2023, 12:43 PM
@Origame - 1. Thsts not how movie profits work. Most successful movies are happy to make 40 or 50 million. Anything above 100 is insanely good.

2. You need to provide evidence the stuff ISNT selling. Finding some clearance bins with stuff isn't that.

3. How can you say growing returns looking at what became of the DCEU lmfao
Origame - 8/21/2023, 12:48 PM
@Toonstrack - 1) most movies are happy to make that much because they don't cost nearly as much as Thor love and thunder. It's called return in investment.

2) it objectively is. Especially when it's happening when the movie is still in theaters.

3) considering that only happened after bvs where they went in a completely different direction...
Toonstrack - 8/21/2023, 12:57 PM
@Origame - marvel got 100m return lol. Those are profits.

Lol no it isn't. Its not objectively anything because interest in these movies isn't uniform in every location, places with lower income will sell less merchandise because thise aren't necessities and a ton of other factors. You dont know how anything works.

3. They went in a completely different direction Because Of the reaction to bvs lollll. They even tried letting Snyder do his thing after and he still didn't do numbers. The movies sucked and people weren't coming back for them.
Origame - 8/21/2023, 1:32 PM
@Toonstrack - 1) yeah, that they had to devote 625 mil and 4 years of production to make.

2) this has been from multiple locations in various parts of the world and different projects. You name it, eternals, shang chi, black widow, etc.

You made the claim it adds profit. You haven't even provided a number for the profit.

3) ...and that reaction was also double the profits of love and thunder.

Unless you're talking purely about reception and not box office, but guess what? People hated love and thunder too.
Origame - 8/21/2023, 3:52 PM
@Toonstrack - also, fun story, if you go on rotten tomatoes and look at the audience score (all audiences since they didn't have verified audiences back then) bvs was actually received better by audiences than love and thunder. So by your own logic, bvs was a more successful film and should have been continued.
URCOMMENTSUCKS - 8/19/2023, 12:43 PM
This is literally the equivalent of continuing Burton's/Schumacher's Batman franchise after Batman & Robin and hiring Schumacher back for the fifth.

People dank on WB for making stupid decisions, but [frick] no, they, unlike the MCU, were smart to know they hit the rock bottom and when to quit to start a new.

REBOOT THIS [frick]ING THING! REBOOT IT OR LEAVE IT AS IT IS, BOTCHED AND UGLY, BUT NO MORE OF THIS HACKNEYED CORNBALL THOR SHIT!
Itwasme - 8/19/2023, 2:12 PM
@URCOMMENTSUCKS - in 1979 Steven Speilberg followed up Jaws and Close Encounters with 1941. A movie so terrible and such a bomb its become a joke. It's also become the example of how good filmmakers can make bad films. Spielberg has had a few bombs since then too, but he's still one of the best in the business. Ragnarak wad Thors most successful and acclaimed movie to date. You may not have liked it, but you're not the only person in the world.

Good filmmakers make bad films from time to time. Great filmmakers learn from it and move on. Why not give him another chance? Why not leave the hyperbole and drama at the door and move on too?
Th3Batman - 8/19/2023, 2:15 PM
@URCOMMENTSUCKS - I think the main difference between WB and Disney is that WB knows there's a problem with their brand, but don't know how to fix it. Disney on the other hand is in complete denial about the status of the MCU, believing it's at the top of its game, despite the clear critical and financial decline it's been facing since the start of phase 4. I think Marvel will have to lose much, much more respect of $$$ before a change is even considered, much less actually done.
URCOMMENTSUCKS - 8/19/2023, 3:56 PM
@Itwasme - First, your Spielberg example doesn't fit, because Spielberg wasn't making a sequel to a franchise. Your examples cite original movies. I don't care if Waititi make shit movies on the side, but I care if he's making them with a character I care about. Second, Waititi botched Thor two [frick]ing times. I don't care how much money that piece of shit movie (Ragnajoke) made - it botched the whole franchise, as I've mentioned in this thread already. It had character assassinated Thor, for starters.

He's not a good filmmaker if he's lazy and unfit for the job. He doesn't give a shit about Thor. So why should he [frick]ing make movies about him? How about hiring people who actually want to make a Thor movie? That would be a good decision, don't you think? It usually does wonders when a studio hires actual fans of the source material.
AnthonyVonGeek - 8/19/2023, 12:43 PM
I’m not believing any new movie or tv show news till the strike is over. 🤷‍♂️
GodHercules20 - 8/19/2023, 12:43 PM
ModHaterSLADE - 8/19/2023, 12:44 PM
Ragnarok was a nice shot in the arm for th e franchise, but after that abomination of an adaptation with the Gorr stroyline, EASILY one of Thor's best stories, I don't want him directing the next one. Plenty of other talent out there.
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