Taika Waititi Reportedly Replaced for ‘Thor 5’

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Chris Hemsworth as a Consfused Thor marvel

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According to a trusted industry insider, Marvel Studios could be abandoning fan-favorite Thor: Ragnarok (2017) director Taika Waititi for the upcoming Thor 5 after his latest collaboration with the superhero studio largely missed the mark with audiences.

Chris Hemsworth Thor in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
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Saying Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) flopped with viewers would be a massive understatement, to say the least, marking yet another lackluster installment in Marvel’s highly controversial Phase Four.

It’s hard to pin down what exactly went wrong with the film. Still, many have argued that the studio gave Waititi too much creative freedom after he successfully reinvented the titular God of Thunder in Ragnarok, while its leading man, Chris Hemsworth himself, admitted that even he found the movie to be “too silly.”

Thor in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
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Expanding Thor’s corner of the MCU has always been full of hits-or-misses, with the so-so Thor (2011) and Alan Taylor’s gritty Thor: The Dark World (2013) not exactly dazzling moviegoers with their bland characterizations of Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and Co.

But on the heels of Avengers: Endgame (2019), which capped off both the Infinity Saga and Thor’s heartfelt character arc, Love and Thunder felt like a tonally unserious Ragnarok redux that undermined the severity of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) Blip, Loki’s sacrifice, and even Jane Foster’s cancer diagnosis.

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor (left) and Chris Hemsworth as Thor (right)
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Despite boasting an impressive cast, including Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, on top of pulling plot threads directly from critically acclaimed Marvel comic book runs such as Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor and Thor: God of Thunder, Waititi’s fourth Thor outing went a little off the rails, resulting in a disjointed story that proved that there could indeed be too much of a good thing, even if all the right ingredients were there to start with.

While not an outright failure by any means, the movie earned a meager rating on Rotten Tomatoes, proving that viewers weren’t exactly sold on this goofier, over-the-top version of Thor. Waititi has even addressed the Love and Thunder criticism, where he admitted that he “struggled” when adapting Jane’s illness into a feature-length film, which made for “especially tense” storytelling.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Love (India Rose Hemsworth) in 'Thor: Love and Thunder' 2022
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Still, the movie undeniably laid the foundation for future Thor installments, teasing a team-up between Thor and his adopted daughter, Love (played by Hemsworth’s real-life daughter, India Hemsworth), and a clash with Hercules (Brett Goldstein).

More recently, with buzzy crossover events like Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026) on the not-do-distant horizon, it sounds like Thor could be making his MCU comeback sooner than expected if a new report is to be trusted.

Christian Bale as Gorr
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According to reliable Hollywood scooper Daniel Richtman (via @ThorUpdate on X), not only has Marvel Studios officially green-lit a fifth Thor movie, but apparently, is also “currently searching” for a different director to take over the franchise from Waititi:

Thor 5 is officially in development at Marvel Studios!

Marvel is currently searching for a new director to helm the film, meaning Taika Waititi will not return.

(via @DanielRPK)

While this rumor might come as a surprise to some, others have long predicted that Marvel would cut ties with Waititi — at least, for more Thor movies — as a direct response to the overwhelmingly negative reception to Love and Thunder. However, for a flickering moment, reports did seem to imply that Marvel was interested in bringing back Waititi for Thor 5, though nothing was ever confirmed.

As for the film supposedly being in development, this update is particularly interesting, considering that the now-resolved WGA strike and the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike essentially debunked reports that a fifth Thor installment was in the works earlier this year. But now that scribes have worked out a deal with major Hollywood studios, it’s possible things have changed, making Thor 5 into more of a reality.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson
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Waititi has yet to respond to these rumors, and it’s unlikely he will for some time, given that the premiere of his next big-budget release, Next Goal Wins (2023), is right around the corner. If he does, hearing his perspective on being “replaced” by Marvel will surely be intriguing, especially considering that many MCU fans seem to welcome this alleged change in Thor‘s direction.

With the hunt officially on for Marvel to find a new director to put their spin on the iconic character, it’ll be interesting to see which visionary the superhero studio taps for a possible Thor 5. It remains unknown whether the Asgardian Thunder God’s next solo adventure will come before or after Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, but either way, the Thor franchise will almost certainly play a vital role in the Multiverse Saga moving forward.

Are you excited about Thor 5 allegedly going into production? Do you think it’s a smart move on Marvel’s behalf to replace Taika Waititi? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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