This article contains SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War
This summer's Captain America: Civil War featured the largest ensemble of heroes in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, with two teams going against each other. Several returning and new characters in the franchise had roles to play, but there were some noticeable absences. Both Thor and The Incredible Hulk were nowhere to be seen, only being mentioned by name in a line of dialogue to illustrate the importance of passing the Sokovia Accords.
As such, the God of Thunder and the enormous green rage monster were not able to choose sides in the main Civil War conflict, which was a driving force behind both the narrative and the film's marketing campaign. This meant that fans had to debate amongst themselves which teams Thor and Bruce Banner would join. Star Chris Hemsworth joked in a video that the Son of Odin would not affiliate with either Iron Man or Captain America, and now his Thor: Ragnarok director is weighing in on that very same subject.
Speaking with Fandango, Taika Waititi was asked which faction Thor would join if he was involved with Civil War. According to the filmmaker, there would have been another group partaking in the battle - Team Thor:
"We've talked a little bit about this. Personally, I feel Thor would have started his own team. He wouldn't have liked the idea of those teams. But, even though Thor is from outer space and he lives in a palace, part of me likes to think he would side with Cap. I would side with Cap purely because I don't trust billionaires."
This may not be so far from the truth. As a native of Asgard, Thor knows that there are things happening in the universe that go beyond any disagreements that may be happening on Earth. While Thor obviously has a love for the planet and its people, the first Avengers film provided a look into how the Norse god could view the human race, when (under the influence of Loki's scepter) he referred to his fellow Avengers as "petty" and "tiny." Thor wants Earth to remain safe, but he understands that there are very real, ominous threats lurking in the nine realms and would probably see the Sokovia Accords as something he shouldn't concern himself with. Why quarrel over a piece of legislation when the Asgardian apocalypse is about to happen?
That would have been an interesting perspective to include in Civil War, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo already had enough on their plate without adding a third ideology to the fray. There wasn't a place to naturally fit Thor into the proceedings, and even a cameo from him might have bogged things down with all that was going on. As disappointing as it was for fans to not see Thor (and Hulk) included for the epic crossover, the two will receive their fair share of the spotlight next year in Ragnarok, which is described as a "buddy film" for the two superheroes.
And it won't be much longer until Earth's Mightiest reunite on the big screen. Though Civil War ended with the team splintered, one would think all it takes is the arrival of Thanos for Tony Stark to call Steve Rogers and bury the past so they can fight against a common enemy once more. Then, Thor and Banner will join their allies in arms and partake in a battle that's worthy of their powers and keep the inhabitants of the entire MCU (and not just Earth) protected from the forces of evil.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.