- There are reports that Marvel is developing another “Thor” movie – without Taika Waititi.
- Waititi told Business Insider that if a fifth “Thor” film were to be made, he would not be involved.
- Waititi directed “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Thor: Love and Thunder”, the latter of which he co-wrote.
We may have seen the last of Taika Waititi’s involvement in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise.
Rumors have been swirling online since last month that Marvel Studios is developing a fifth “Thor” movie, but Waititi, who directed the previous two chapters in the blockbuster series, is not involved.
Business Insider spoke to Waititi on Monday while he was doing press for his new movie, “Next Goal Vince,” on Friday, and asked him directly.
“I don’t know if it’s right or not,” Waititi tells BI. “I know I wouldn’t get involved.”
He further added, “I am going to focus on the other films I have signed.”
The writer-director noted that he is currently working on the big screen adaptation of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s graphic novel “The Incal” and continuing development of his highly anticipated “Star Wars” film.
“It’s still marinating. I’m writing it,” he says of the “Star Wars” project.
But before making those, Waititi says he’s planning to make “Clara and the Sun” his next film, based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel.
The story centers on Clara, a robot designed to prevent loneliness among teenagers, who tries to save a group of humans from heartbreak.
“So this six, seven years went by,” says Waititi. “I think another ‘Thor’ will be made much sooner than that.”
“But I like Marvel, I like working with them. I like Chris,” he says, referring to “Thor” lead actor Chris Hemsworth.
Waititi was the savior of the “Thor” franchise when he signed on to make 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” as its off-beat humor and strong story made it the highest-grossing release in the “Thor” series . It grossed over $855 million worldwide.
Waititi then directed 2022’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which, despite the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster to the franchise and Christian Bale as the villain Gore, did not fare as well with audiences or critics as “Ragnarok.” . The film grossed over $760 million worldwide.
Waititi says he has no ill feelings toward Marvel if the studio wants to make another “Thor” movie without him.
“I would never feel like they were cheating on me,” the Oscar winner laughs. “We’re in an open relationship, and it’s like if they want to see other people, I’m all for it.” Happy. I’ll still be back in bed with them one day.”
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