Marvel is days away from Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters worldwide, and director Taika Waititi is already expressing interest in a return for Thor 4. Chris Hemsworth's solo franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to fulfill its complete potential, and the ability to embrace Hemsworth's comedic chops and the crazy Jack Kirby designs of Thor's comic stories are big reasons Waititi appears to be the perfect fit within the franchise.
Thor has already cycled through multiple directors, and is the only MCU franchise in which a director doesn't have multiple installments. Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor each brought their take to Thor, but the early responses to Ragnarok show Waititi has found the mixture of fun and grand-scale adventure that audiences have been looking for. Most audiences have not yet seen the movie, but Waititi is ready to admit he would be interested in returning for another installment.
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RadioTimes spoke to Waititi about a potential return to the MCU after Ragnarok. He is already becoming one of the most sought after directors in the business, but that hasn't lowered Kevin Feige's confidence that the two parties would work together again. Thor 4 has yet to be discussed by Marvel, but Waititi wants a crack at it.
I would like to come back and work with Marvel any time, because I think they’re a fantastic studio, and we had a great time working together. And they were very supportive of me, and my vision. They kind of gave me a lot of free reign, but also had a lot of ideas as well. A very collaborative company. I’d love to do another Thor film, because I feel like I’ve established a really great thing with these guys, and friendship. And I don’t really like any of the other characters.
Waititi's interest in Thor 4 may be genuine, but it's far from an absolute certainty to be part of Marvel Studios' Phase 4. The next two Avengers movies will have a big part to play in determining whether or not there even is a future for Thor. Hemsworth's contract will be finished after those two movies. This is clearly his most popular role, but he could look to move on and give his body a break from staying in tip-top superhero form. Marvel did, however, work with him heavily to accommodate his requests for Ragnarok. He was the one to ask for a change with Thor after becoming bored with the role, and Marvel even moved production to Australia so he could be less than an hour away from home.
Hemsworth's potential involvement in a fourth Thor movie is not a requirement though. Feige has left the door open for female Thor moving forward, and Ragnarok's breakout character Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) could easily slide into that role - getting us one step closer to that all-female movie Thompson is pushing for. Marvel may not have announced Thor 4 just yet, but with Waititi showing interest and Ragnarok looking like it will be a big hit, they could revisit the idea to keep him in house.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019