Taika Waititi Says 'Thor' Wasn't in His Plans as 'an Auteur,' He Took Job Because He Was 'Poor' 

"It wasn't on my plan for my career as an auteur," Waititi said of directing "Thor: Ragnarok" and then "Thor: Love and Thunder." 

Taika Waititi has admitted that he had "no interest" in joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to directing "Thor: Ragnarok." 

During the "Smartless" podcast, the "Next Goal Wins" director stated that he only agreed to write a "Thor" Marvel project because he was "poor" and needed to feed his two children. 

In other words, Marvel was not part of Oscar-winning "Jojo Rabbit" director Waitit's "plan" to be regarded as an auteur. "Do you know what?" "I had no desire to do one of those films," Waititi explained.

"It wasn't part of my plan as an auteur." But I was poor and had just given birth to my second child.

"And 'Thor,' let's face it — it was probably the least popular franchise," he continued. As a kid, I never read 'Thor' comics. I'd pick up that comic and think, 'Ugh.' 

And then I did some research on it, reading one 'Thor' comic or 18 pages, or whatever they are." Waititi went on to say that he saw Marvel reaching out to him as a sign that the franchise was stuck for ideas.

"I think there was no place left for them to go with that," said Waititi of the third "Thor" film. "I thought, 'Well, they've called me in, this is really the bottom of the barrel." 

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