As one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) has battled many formidable villains. Should Thor 5 materialize, he may just face his mightiest adversary yet according to Ragnarok director, Taika Waititi.
Last year, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor achieved a milestone as the first Marvel hero to lead a film series beyond a trilogy. In Thor: Love and Thunder, his fourth solo outing. Thor faced off against Christian Bale’s Gorr and joined forces with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who wielded Mjolnir as The Mighty Thor.
However, the film received mixed reviews. Fans felt Christian Bale’s character Gorr the God Butcher wasn’t fully utilized, with the film shifting unevenly between lighthearted Thor scenes and a darker storyline involving Gorr and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. This uneven balance left viewers unsatisfied. Despite this, Thor’s MCU journey is not over, and a Thor 5 movie is in the works, offering new possibilities for the God of Thunder’s story.
In an interview for the forthcoming book “Thor: Love and Thunder The Official Movie Special” (via Screen Rant), director Waititi discusses Thor’s future in the MCU. Waititi mentions that Thor’s next adventure should continue his character’s development by introducing challenges that build upon his past struggles. He emphasizes the importance of a stronger antagonist than Hela in the story of Thor 5, stating that they need to be “somehow more formidable.” Here’s the full quote:
“What is left to do to him? It’s got to be something that feels like it’s carrying on with the evolution of the character, but still in a very fun way and still giving him things to come up against that feel like they’re building on the obstacles that he has to overcome. I don’t think we can have a villain that’s weaker than Hela. I feel like we need to step up from there and add a villain that’s somehow more formidable”.
Taika Waititi’s Thor 5 Details, Villain Plans
While Thor 5 hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, Waititi has several plans in motion for if the movie goes ahead. The director emphasized that there’s a particular aspect intrinsic to Thor, that sets him apart from other MCU characters, and that’s his connection to ancient mythology.
According to Waititi, it remains true to Thor’s comic book origins and mythological roots to have him confront increasingly bizarre and fantastical creatures, monsters, and aliens as his MCU journey continues. Adhering to both Thor’s origins and Waititi’s signature unconventional storytelling, the director believes that Thor’s corner of the MCU is best suited for showcasing imaginative, vibrant creatures, aliens, and diverse realms. Waititi finds the element of exploration inherent to Thor’s character essential, given his vast experiences across numerous worlds due to “Thor being old’’.
Waititi sees Thor’s unique traits as more captivating for space adventures compared to human MCU characters. He notes, “There’s a fun element to him and he has a casualness and a sort of swagger about him when he visits these worlds and encounters these aliens that I don’t think you’d get when it’s an earthling traveling through space exploring the universe.”
If Thor 5 ever happens, MCU fans can look forward to Thor exploring colorful worlds, battling wild foes, and facing a mightier adversary than Hela. This would make Thor 5 a standout film.
Thor 5 has yet to be confirmed by Disney and Marvel Studios.