'I had no interest': Taika Waititi only made Thor: Ragnarok because he needed the money

Taika Waititi only directed 'Thor: Ragnarok' because he was "poor".

The 48-year-old filmmaker has helmed two movies in the superhero franchise but explained how he had "no interest" in working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and only did so to support his children financially.

Speaking on the 'Smartless' podcast, Taika said: "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.'"

The 'Next Goal Wins' director added: "And 'Thor', let's face it – it was probably the least popular franchise. I never read 'Thor' comics as a kid. That was the comic I'd pick up and be like 'Ugh'. And then I did some research on it, and I read one 'Thor' comic or 18 pages, or however long they are."

Taika also suggested that Marvel reaching out to him implied that they were unsure about what to do next with the franchise.