Nobody’s actually clamoring for a brand new Thor film proper now. The God of Thunder returned for his fourth solo journey in 2022, however Thor: Love and Thunder was a disappointment from high to backside. One in every of its few redeeming qualities got here within the type of its villain, Gorr the God Butcher; Christian Bale’s portrayal cleverly subverted the picture of the burly comic-book villain, depicting Gorr as waiflike and eerie. Love and Thunder could have been a dud, nevertheless it’s uncommon amongst Marvel Cinematic Universe motion pictures in that includes a memorable antagonist. If the Thor saga goes to soldier on, it must retain that characteristic.
Because the director of Love and Thunder and its predecessor, Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi understands what a Thor movie wants. No matter how you could really feel about his newest MCU effort, the filmmaker has a stable grasp on Thor’s ongoing journey. Waititi’s not formally returning for a fifth Thor — Thor 5 isn’t even formally within the works — however he nonetheless has a couple of concepts about Thor’s subsequent journey. In Titan Books’ upcoming Love and Thunder guide (through ScreenRant), Waititi spoke a couple of hypothetical Thor 5, and what it will have to do to show its price.
“It’s acquired to be one thing that feels prefer it’s carrying on with the evolution of the character,” Waititi mentioned, “however nonetheless in a really enjoyable method.” Thor’s antagonist in a brand new movie must current an actual problem to the hero, all whereas “constructing on the obstacles” he’s overcome since his introduction in 2011.
“I don’t assume we will have a villain that’s weaker than Hela,” he continued. “I really feel like we have to step up from there and add a villain that’s someway extra formidable.”
Cate Blanchett’s Hela was a spotlight of Thor: Ragnarok. Not solely was she considered one of the MCU’s first female villains, however she offered a novel problem to Thor, having pressured him to reckon together with his function because the God of Thunder and the ties that bind him to his house on Asgard. Her introduction was additionally a memorable a part of Ragnarok’s bizarre, colourful world. Waititi took a web page from Guardians of the Galaxy to deliver Thor into the cosmic facet of the MCU, which is one thing he hopes a fifth Thor film may proceed, pitting the hero in opposition to “an increasing number of outlandish and loopy beasts, monsters and aliens” that can honor Thor’s comedian and mythological roots.
At this level, in fact, that is principally simply wishful pondering. Thor 5 is way from getting a inexperienced gentle, and there’s no assure that Waititi and even star Chris Hemsworth would have an interest. “If an viewers needs to see it, and if there’s one thing that we imagine is thrilling and enjoyable, then nice,” Hemsworth just lately advised EW. “I don’t have the reply but, however I’d like to attempt to [figure out] how we will try this once more and preserve it a bit of unpredictable.”
No matter whether or not Waititi returns to hammer out Thor’s story, hopefully Marvel takes his recommendation and retains difficult the hero with some actually attention-grabbing villains.