Good news for Marvel and Thor fans everywhere. It was just announced that the writer/director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, is going to be returning for a fourth installment of the God of Thunder’s saga.
Actor Chris Hemsworth will be returning to play Thor for the 4th installment – though it is unknown if he’ll still be fat or not. Knowing Waititi’s sense of humor, it’s a good possibility, but it’s also not a guarantee since Thor will also be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, so a lot could happen between then and Thor 4 in regards to the Asgardian’s level of fitness.
The interesting thing about this announcement is that it basically cements Thor as part of Marvel’s Phase 4 roll-out, so we’ll see how that affects the other movies Marvel has planned for its post-Endgame strategy.
Waititi was originally set to direct the big-budget live-action version of the classic anime film AKIRA over at Warner Brothers, but apparently the script for that film was taking a long time to develop, so Waititi decided to commit to Thor in the meantime. However, this meant pushing back the release of AKIRA as Waititi will have to finish work on Thor before he can move back to that project. So this announcement is a bit of a good news/bad news scenario.
In addition to all this, Waititi is also producing the television version of his breakout vampire mocumentary film What We Do In The Shadows for FX, and is also directing a few episodes of the Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian for the Disney+ Network. So he’s one busy guy and a rising star in Hollywood. Already, he seems poised to do for Thor what James Gunn did for Guardians of the Galaxy and what the Russo Brothers did for Captain America.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited for a new Thor film? Did you like Ragnarok? What do you think of Taika Waititi? Let me know in the comments!