Given how well received Thor: Ragnarok was, the news that
Taiki Waititi will be returning to helm Thor 4 is sure to put a smile on the face
of many a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After impressing many with the likes of Eagle vs. Shark, Boy,
What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Waititi took his
stock to a whole new level of stardom by directing the all-kinds-of-fun Thor:
Ragnarok. And now, the New Zealand native will be back to tackle the latest adventure for Chris Hemsworth’s Thunder God.
Hollywood Reporter broke the news, with the outlet also adding that another
Waititi project – Warner Brothers’ live-action Akira offering – has been pushed
back so that the director can focus on the Ragnarok follow-up.
Despite being booked in for a May 21st, 2021 release, Akira
has ran into yet more problems. Remember, this is a project that has been in
various stages of development for a decade or so by now. Issues with the
screenplay have caused Warners to push back production on Akira, and the call
was made that Akira and Thor 4’s start dates were too close for comfort for The
Warner Bros. is still hopeful that Waititi will direct Akira
once Thor 4 is in his rear-view mirror, but first and foremost the talented
Taika has the small matter of Nazi-driven satire Jojo Rabbit on the way this
October. As for Hemsworth's God of Thunder, he was last seen heading off into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame - with it a strong possibility that Thor will be a part of 2021's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.