Taika Waititi is coming back for more. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Tuesday that Waititi will write and direct “Thor 4.” Chris Hemsworth is expected to return as the god of thunder.
The director made his mark with smaller films such as “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” He also worked with long-time friend and collaborator Jemaine Clement on the Emmy-nominated series “Flight of the Concords.”
Following a lackluster “Thor: The Dark World,” Waititi renewed excitement for the god of thunder when he directed “Thor: Ragnarok.” The third installment introduced a funnier and also more emotionally rich Thor. “Ragnarok” also introduced new characters Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Hela (Cate Blanchett), and Korg, played by the director himself. The film also went on to gross $830 million worldwide and became the highest grossing in the franchise.
In addition to reinvigorating the “Thor” franchise, it has been widely reported Waititi’s redirection influenced the character’s arc in “Infinity War” and “Engdame.”
There are no hints yet on the possible plot for the next film. When last we saw Thor, he was heading off with the Guardians of the Galaxy, fueling speculation and hope that he will appear in their next film.
Since “Ragnarok,” Waititi has been a highly sought-after filmmaker. He directed the pilot episode of “What We Do in the Shadows” for FX. His next film, “Jojo Rabbit” will be in theaters in October. He wrote and directed the adaptation and will also star in the film as a boy’s imaginary friend, Hitler.
With the news about “Thor 4,” what remains unclear is the status of another project he has been working on for Warner Bros. He had been in development on an adaptation of the anime, “Akira.” Word is that Waititi had been in the process of casting for that film, but its status is not unknown. It’s possible there is time to finish “Akira” before moving on to “Thor.”
Marvel and Disney have not announced a release date yet for “Thor 4,” but with Comic Con and D23 both approaching, that news will probably be coming soon.