While Marvel Studios has been churning out well-received entries year after year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not all of their films have been been massive hits. In the case of their Thor films, both earned mixed-to-positive reviews and didn’t make much of a splash at the box office. Although the Prince of Asgard will return later this year for Avengers: Age of Ultron, moviegoers won’t be treated to another solo Thor film until 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. This gives the studio enough time to formulate their game plan for the Asgardian’s third (and possibly final) big screen solo outing, and we may already have an inkling of what they have in mind on the creative end.

A Reddit user claiming to be a Marvel employee who was laid off earlier this year is saying that the Thor films are being treated as if in "critical condition." Stating that many considered Thor not to have the right balance with its humor and Thor: The Dark World to have too many behind-the-scenes issues, Marvel is now looking for a director who will treat the franchise with "respect." This includes staying closer to the source material and dropping "forcefully manufactured characters" like Darcy, the latter of which would be a godsend for many fans. There are three well-known names that the user lists as being looked at by Marvel to succeed Alan Taylor as director, although there are complications that may prevent any of them from actually being chosen.Take all of this with a grain of salt, but let’s look over the potential candidates who might helm the third Thor installment.

Adam McKay
Adam McKay
Why He’d Be Great: The mysterious ex-Marvel employee says that Anchorman director Adam McKay is the frontrunner to direct Thor: Ragnarok. Having rewritten Ant-Man, both he and Marvel have developed a good working relationship, and because he understands these characters, the studio is confident he’ll deliver the same results with Thor and the other Asgardians. Although primarily known as a comedy writer, if McKay has proven that he can handle Marvel characters effectively, and considering the box office hits on his resume, perhaps he’s the one that can turn things around for the God of Thunder.

Why He Wouldn’t Work: If one of the main issues with the first film was not striking a good balance with humor, then McKay probably is not the best choice. It’s one thing for a film like Ant-Man to infuse humor into its narrative (specifically by playing off the perceived absurdity of the character), but Thor is primarily a fantasy franchise. Like Marvel’s other projects, it’s fine if it has comedic moments, but the emphasis needs to be on the mythology and the action. McKay is a talented writer, but when it comes to this particular film, it would be wiser for Marvel to pick someone who has more experience to helm the third Thor film, especially considering the film’s subtitle, which implies this will be the MCU’s most apocalyptic entry yet.

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