8 Directors For Thor 5 After Taika Waititi Confirms Exit

These directors have proven themselves in various genres and could bring something unique to the Thor series.

8 Directors For Thor 5 After Taika Waititi Confirms Exit

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  • The director of Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi, will no longer be part of the next Thor film featuring Chris Hemsworth.
  • Fans of the MCU are looking forward to a new filmmaker with a new vision for Thor 5.
  • Potential candidates to fill this role include Wes Anderson, Kenneth Branagh, Patty Jenkins, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, Denis Villeneuve, and Ava DuVernay.
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After the abysmal performance of Thor: Love and Thunder, it seems like either Marvel Studios or film director Taika Waititi are trying to bring the story of the God of Thunder on the right track. Therefore, as reported by Business Insider, the director will no longer be part of the next film featuring Chris Hemsworth as the titular superhero. He still is in reports of directing a Star Wars feature in the future, but nothing on the MCU side of things.

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Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in a still from Thor: Love and Thunder
Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in a still from Thor: Love and Thunder

With the aforementioned news making rounds among the fans of the MCU, it seems like they too are done with Waititi’s involvement in the films, which is why they are looking forward to Thor 5 with a new filmmaker with a new vision. Thus, here are eight potential candidates to fill the shoes left behind by the Jojo Rabbit director.

1: Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson behind the scenes while shooting Asteroid City
Wes Anderson behind the scenes while shooting Asteroid City

Since the production and direction of the films in the series took a stylized turn with Waititi’s takeover in the last two movies, it will not be entirely out of the blue for Marvel Studios to employ Wes Anderson for his highly eccentric form of artistic expression and execution. along with that, he is also known for consistently putting out critically successful films, something that the MCU really needs.

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2: Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh in a still from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
Kenneth Branagh in a still from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

While he may be iconic as an actor for portraying Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Kenneth Branagh has proved himself to be a master of filmmaking in the mystery, horror, and crime genre. Thus, with the chance to create a superhero film, we may be able to witness something unique with his creation style in the next Thor movie.

3: Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot behind the scenes on the sets of Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot behind the scenes on the sets of Wonder Woman

What the MCU desperately needs right now is a commercial and critical success to gain the momentum it once had during the early days, and with Thor being their OG icon from the Avengers, he’s the best one to make that happen. Thus, Patty Jenkins, who created DCEU’s smashing hit Wonder Woman, might not be too far of a bet for Marvel Studios to achieve its former glory.

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4: Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford on the sets of Blade Runner
Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford on the sets of Blade Runner

Everyone knows the sheer filmmaking genius of director Ridley Scott, especially within the fantasy and science fiction genres of films. And since most of the movies, including the Thor series, naturally revolve around these categories, it’ll be exhilarating if Scott decides to work with Marvel Studios after the Our Flag Means Death director’s exit.

5: Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro on the sets of Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro on the sets of Hellboy

Another fine example of a filmmaker with a knack for creating some of the most iconic fantasy films in cinema history, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro would absolutely fit in with Thor’s slightly comedic and mostly aloof, yet at the same time, serious character. Thus, he may be able to correct the mistakes that Waititi made.

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6: Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele on the sets of Nope
Jordan Peele on the sets of Nope

With the recent Thor films becoming an outlet for silly spoofs and comedic punchlines, more fans agree that the series taking something of a more serious or raw approach may come in handy. However, Jordan Peele, with his recent directorial titled Nope proved that he can combine all of the aforementioned traits along with giving the upcoming Thor 5 a mysterious and scary twist.

7: Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve on the sets of Arrival
Denis Villeneuve on the sets of Arrival

If Marvel Studios is trying to get back again in the good books of its fandom, then making the upcoming Thor 5 a grand experience may also do wonders for not just the film, but the cinematic juggernaut as well. And one of the most prominent names among filmmakers with the caliber of making films like those is Denis Villeneuve, who proved it with the release of Dune.

8: Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay on the sets of Selma
Ava DuVernay on the sets of Selma

While she may be known for her exceptional historical dramas, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a master of her craft when it comes to telling a story with depth that others can seldom match. Thus, if the next film in the Thor series is to be a serious narration of the superhero’s life, the director would be the perfect match.

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