Taika Waititi is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the What We Do in the Shadows filmmaker has signed on to both write and direct a follow-up to Thor: Ragnarok, which Waititi also directed.
The outlet is reporting that Thor 4 is taking immediate precedence over Warner Bro’s Akira, which was slated for release on May 21, 2021 and now has been put on hold indefinitely. Waititi was previously in the midst of searching for talent for the live-action manga adaptation.
Bringing Waititi back for the next Thor film makes sense. Ragnarok was well received by both critics and audiences, scoring a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing nearly $854 million globally. The film helped rejuvenate a franchise that was up in the air following the lukewarm reception of 2013’s Thor: The Dark World.
And yes, Chris Hemsworth is expected to return (in case you were worried).
Next up for Waititi is Jojo Rabbit, a fantastical WWII satire which he directed for Fox Searchlight and opens Oct. 18. Scarlett Johansson stars in the picture alongside Waititi, who portrays a boy’s imaginary version of Adolf Hitler.
What do you make of Taika Waititi returning for Thor 4? Does it get you excited? Or would you have rather he stayed with Akira? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!