Taika Waititi returning to write, direct Thor 4

Brenda Watkins
July 16, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news early this afternoon that Taika Waititi has signed a deal to return to the Nine Realms and will write and direct the follow-up to his smash hit, Thor: Ragnarok.

Taika Waititi is now officially set to become one of the few directors to return for a second at-bat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while the casting process had already begun, the project is being put on hold as the production timeline for Thor 4 began to conflict with Akira.

This would be the first report of a fourth Thor film entering development, however Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and Valkyrie actor Tessa Thompson have each mentioned speaking with Waititi about the potential for such a sequel. But, it's not very likely Thor 4 would come out before that any way.

Because Thor was last seen jetting off into space with the Guardians, it was rumored that he might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. According to several sources, the hope is to have Waititi direct the Akira reboot when he finishes Thor. The Avengers movies was the first film series in the MCU to break through the trilogy barrier, but those are obviously ensemble pieces.

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A couple of months back, we reported that a live-action adaptation of the seminal anime Akira was in the works at Warner Bros, eyeing a 2021 release date. It will be interesting to we where the story for Thor 4 picks up from after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Waititi's next film, Jojo Rabbit, stars Scarlett Johansson and opens October 18. That might change during San Diego Comic-Con, which kicks off on Thursday, July 18 and has Marvel Studios' panel scheduled for Saturday, July 20 at 5:15 PM PST.

No release date for Thor 4 has been announced as of this writing.

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