Are There More Stories for the God of Thunder?
Director Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth have both recently discussed potentially doing a fifth Thor film. With the tagline at the end of Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) “Thor Will Return”, it’s clear Marvel isn’t quite done just yet with the former King of Asgard. Despite the series having kinda a mixed reputation, the Thor films have still been quite successful so another movie is in the realm of possibility. However, should there even be a fifth Thor movie? After 11 years and 8 movies, it might be time for Thor to hang up the hammer for good.
Where does his story go after Love and Thunder?
By this point, Thor has been through a lot. Family and friends have come and gone. He ruled as King of New Asgard for a short while. He fell in love with Jane Foster. He was an Avenger, a Guardian of the Galaxy, and now most recently a foster father. One must simply ask, what else is there for Thor to do? Chris Hemsworth himself has said he wanted to find a way to reinvent the character in a way that’s “unpredictable” in his own words. Taika Waititi even talked about doing a road trip film in the style of the film Nebraska (2013). As mentioned before, Thor is now a foster father so maybe they focus a fifth movie on him trying to raise a kid. Possibly even delve into the fact that the kid is the daughter of Gorr (Christian Bale), who was the villain in Love and Thunder. But with all that in mind, Marvel might not be in a hurry to greenlight another Thor film.
Marvel’s schedule is a little full at the moment
As of right now, Marvel has 7 tv shows in development with 2 awaiting release and 7 films in the works with their recent film, The Marvels (2023), set to release this november. Needless to say, the MCU is quite stacked. Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, recently went on record saying that Disney was “pulling back” making content for both Marvel and Star Wars so Disney may not even want to move forward with a fifth Thor movie. There also is the concern of how this film would fit in their “Multiverse Saga” with the MCU trying to branch out into other universes before culminating in Avengers: Secret Wars (2027). Point is, a fifth Thor movie most likely won’t be a top priority for Marvel or Disney but Hemsworth and Waititi might not wait forever.
Hemsworth and Waititi’s schedules are also stacking up
Even if Marvel decides to give the go ahead to a fifth Thor movie, they can’t exactly do it without their star or director and both have a lot of projects up ahead. Hemsworth is set to star in the film Furiosa (2024), a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and voice Optimus Prime in Transformers One (2024). As for Waititi, he has almost as many projects in the works as the MCU. He has his latest film, Next Goal Wins (2023), also set to release this November, then his planning on directing an adaption of the novel Klara and the Sun, and is currently developing a Star Wars film with Lucasfilm. Now Marvel could always get another director especially since they have done it before with the Thor movies with Waititi being the third person to direct a Thor film in the MCU following behind Alan Taylor and Kenneth Branagh. However while Waitit could be replaced, they probably wouldn’t dare to recast Thor especially with Hemsworth’s strong devotion to that character.
Ultimately, it might be best for Marvel to retire Thor. Maybe he can show up for a small part in Secret Wars to give proper resolution to his character? Perhaps even pass the torch, or hammer, to another character? In the end, Thor has a long tenure in the MCU that surely won’t be forgotten anytime soon. All Thor movies streaming on Disney+.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) Official Trailer