If the new reports are to be believed, Marvel Studios is planning to ditch Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), for the next installment in the franchise. This decision comes after his recent outing with the studio, which failed to impress the audience as well as the critics. Describing Thor: Love and Thunder as a failure would be an understatement, making it yet another addition to the studio’s Phase Four.
Understanding what went wrong with the film would be difficult, yet several people have pointed out that the director was given way too much creative freedom by Marvel after his successful reinvention of Thor in Ragnarok. Moreover, the film’s lead, Chris Hemsworth, also said that he found the movie to be “too silly.” Let’s check out 7 directors who can helm Thor 5.
Kenneth Branagh could be an ideal candidate to helm the next Thor installment, as he directed the first installment in the franchise. The 2011 film was received very well by the fans and critics alike.
Branagh has enjoyed great heights in a career that has spanned over 30 years. He has also received Oscar nominations for Best Director twice, and prior to transitioning into film direction, he made a name for himself as an acclaimed stage and film actor.
While James Gunn might no longer be allowed to take on MCU projects since he’s heading operations at DCEU, he would’ve been a great choice to direct Thor 5. However, James Gunn’s collaboration with MCU has translated into three successful Guardians of the Galaxy films.
James Gunn’s vision is to breathe new life into DCU. The director is currently working on his DC directorial debut with Superman: Legacy. Scripted and helmed by James Gunn, the 2025 movie promises to bring a fresh take on Superman.
Jordan Peele’s journey in Hollywood is among the most unique in recent times. He rose to fame as an actor in sketch comedy TV shows, including MADtv and later Key & Peele. He smoothly shifted base to being a visionary director. He could be a great choice for directing the next outing for the God of Thunder.
Jordan Peele is acclaimed for his horror blockbusters such as Get Out (2017) and Nope (2023), which have solidified his position in Hollywood. If Taika Waititi is confirmed to vacate the director’s spot for Thor 5, Peele can bring a fresh take to the franchise with his unique style of direction.
Another important figure in the MCU is Jon Favreau, who has been in the mix since day one. He directed the first film in the MCU, Iron Man, which set the stage for a massive cinematic universe. But he hasn’t directed a Marvel film since Iron Man 2, which makes him the ideal candidate to helm Thor 5.
With an extensive portfolio under his belt, Favreau is backed by his reputation as a highly-skilled director. With only The Jungle Book 2 currently in his sight, it might be the right time for him to return to the superhero genre.
Guillermo del Toro
Before Kenneth Branagh signed with Marvel to direct Thor, and even before Matthew Vaughn was linked to the project, Guillermo del Toro was approached to direct a standalone film for the Asgardian Avenger. Everyone is well aware of del Toto’s fascination with mythology, making him a great choice to helm the next Thor project.
It would be a treat to watch del Toro’s version of Thor. But whether the renowned director chooses to take on the role of the director or not, the prospect itself is enough to cause a stir among fans.
Gareth Edwards has been around in Hollywood since the 2000s, initially working on animation and digital effects for TV documentaries. He first ventured into films with Monsters that came out in 2010, followed by Godzilla reboot in 2014 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016.
His Star Wars film, Rogue One received high praise as a standout film in the franchise. However, his focus has shifted to making more original projects. But Edwards still makes for a great choice for directing the next Thor film.
Patty Jenkins is yet another renowned director who can be a great choice to direct the Marvel film. She is recognized for her impactful contributions to Hollywood.
Her directorial prowess can be judged by her work in the 2003 film Monster, starring Charlize Theron. Besides she has also proven her work in Wonder Woman and its sequel.