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Taika Waititi’s revelation about directing Thor: Ragnarok is a compelling mix of initial disinterest and practical necessity.
Appearing as a guest on the SmartLess podcast, Waititi candidly spoke to hosts Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes about his unexpected decision to helm the third Thor film.
“I had no interest in doing one of those films,” Waititi confessed. “It wasn’t on my plan for my career as an auteur. But I was poor and I’d just had a second child, and I thought, ‘You know what, this would be a great opportunity to feed these children.'”
The revelation goes deeper as Waititi discusses his initial aversion to the Thor franchise and the character itself. His perspective on Thor as “probably the least popular franchise” adds an intriguing layer to his decision to take on the director’s role.
Addressing his reluctance, Waititi humorously shares, “Well, they’ve called me in, this is really the bottom of the barrel.”
After taking the helm for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi elevated the franchise to critical acclaim and blockbuster success. His return for a second film titled Thor: Love and Thunder further solidifies his impact on the Thor series.
Waititi’s recent statement about not directing a potential Thor 5 adds an element of uncertainty to the franchise’s future. His response to the rumors regarding his involvement lends an air of mystery.
“I wouldn’t know if that’s accurate,” Waititi shared with Business Insider. “I know that I won’t be involved.”
His definitive stance on future Thor projects leaves fans and critics pondering over the franchise’s next chapter.