Thor has been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011, but the third standalone movie, Thor: Ragnarok, the God of Thunder was revitalized by Taika Waititi.
The threequel was met with critical acclaim and made $854 million globally, and it was announced almost two complete years later that Waititi will return to direct Thor 4.
Tessa Thompson, who brings Valkyrie to life in the MCU back in April, said she heard a pitch had occurred for Thor 4 and Taika Waititi would come back. THR has, of course, verified that Waititi has signed an agreement to write and direct this MCU corner’s next installment.
However, it comes at a price to Taika Waititi tackling Thor 4. The filmmaker is linked to directing Akira’s live action adaptation, but now it has been placed on hold permanently because it and the manufacturing dates of Thor 4 have begun to clash.
It’s uncertain if Waititi will still direct Akira whenever it finally begins rolling cameras, but after Thor 4 has been finished, Warner Bros is allegedly still a game for him.
Although all MCU entries are chapters in one gigantic tale, Thor is now the first superhero in the franchise to lead a series of films that stretches past a trilogy. The Avengers films were the first MCU movie series to break through the barrier of the trilogy, but these are obviously pieces of the ensemble.
It goes without stating, but it is expected that Chris Hemsworth will play Thor Odinson, making Thor 4 his ninth appearance as the protagonist. Well, 10th depending on whether Hemsworth is going to be part of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
Thor 4 is advancing quickly enough to interfere with the agriculture of Akira, because Taika Waititi is also writing the script, probably this implies it will be a while before cameras start rolling. Maybe Thor 4 might be prepared in time for a release in late 2021, but it is suspected that Marvel will save it in 2022.
Whatever the deadline ends up being, you can be sure that Thor 4 will be part of that lineup if Marvel announces his Phase 4 slate at San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday.