Taika Waititi Reveals the Real Reason Why He Agreed to Direct “Thor” Movies

Taika Waititi at 'The Lion King' film premiere in July 2019
Taika Waititi at 'The Lion King' film premiere in July 2019. Photo by AFF-USA/Shutterstock (10331369au)

Directing Thor: Ragnarok was a turning point in Taika Waititi’s career and it helped him break into Hollywood. Years down the road, the acclaimed director opened up about the real reason why he agreed to join the MCU, saying he was just looking for a way to support his family.

Waititi discussed his work with Marvel during a recent interview with SmartLess podcast. He said he accepted this gig for money, adding he felt no pressure because he felt they only called him because they didn’t have anywhere to go with the Thor franchise.

“You know what? I had no interest in doing one of those films. It wasn’t on my plan for my career as an auteur. But I was poor and I’d just had a second child, and I thought, ‘You know what, this would be a great opportunity to feed these children,’” joked Waititi.

Waititi helped revitalize the Marvel franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, but its sequel Thor: Love and Thunder wasn’t as successful and it failed to impress the critics. The Oscar-winning filmmaker recently told Business Insider that he won’t direct the fifth Thor movie because he’s focusing on other projects, but added he’s open to returning in the future because he loves working with Chris Hemsworth.