According to Variety, Taika Waititi has signed on with Marvel (and therefore Disney) to direct Thor 4. This news was probably going to be revealed during Comic Con, but alas, the fans and the entire internet have gotten wind of it, expressing their joy on various social media platforms. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok, which had a different style and tone compared to the first two movies, with Thor himself being less broody and more ha-ha. Thor: Ragnarok was a huge success, earning 854 million USD worldwide, proving that the switch in direction was the right way to go.
With Waititi on board for Thor 4, this means he needs to put a pause on Warner Bros’ Akira adaptation, which was to be released in 2021. It is unclear if Warner Bros will wait for him to come back to the project or decide to have another director in his place. Hopefully, it will not spiral away in development and never see the light of day.
The decision to move forward with Thor 4 is an interesting one since we already have three movies for the character. Of course it is not set in stone that there can only be three movies, but the decision to continue with the Thor storyline definitely gives Marvel a bit of stability going into phase 4. They are going to be heading into new territory, with new characters, and while these narratives may end up being wildly successful, Thor 4’s success is a sure thing given Waititi’s presence.
Chris Hemsworth will be returning as Thor (of course), but it hasn’t been confirmed if Thor will still be dealing with his weight gain, or if this movie is going to come after Thor’s possible excursion with the Guardians. No release date has been confirmed yet, and more details will probably be forthcoming at the San Diego Comic Con happening this week.