We’re getting a fourth Thor movie, and Taika Waititi is directing it

Still image from Thor: Ragnarok.
Enlarge / Chris Hemsworth will go back because the Norse god of thunder within the as-yet-untitled Thor four.

Director Taika Waititi is a scorching commodity in Hollywood at the moment, without a signal of his celebrity fading any time quickly. He is simply signed on with Surprise Studios to direct Thor four, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and Chris Hemsworth is predicted to go back because the titular god of thunder.

(Some spoilers for first two Thor motion pictures and Avengers: Infinity Struggle and Finish Recreation under.)

The primary Thor used to be most commonly excellent, mixing motion and comedy in a successful combine, even though it wasn’t slightly as sturdy as different starting place tales within the MCU. The second one? Smartly, The Dark World suffered from early pacing issues and an excessively elaborate plot, reinforced basically through terrific performances through Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Their sophisticated dating stays the center of the franchise. Then Surprise, in a savvy transfer, employed relative newcomer Waititi to direct 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

On the time, the director used to be best possible recognized for his cult hit, What We Do in the Shadows (now a 30 minutes comedy series on FX) and 2016’s, Hunt for the Wilderpeople—a captivating, poignant comedy-drama that merits a wider target market. Waititi’s Ragnarok proved to be a game-changer, raising the Thor franchise to a completely new degree with its skillful mix of humor, motion, tragedy, and a last whiff of hope—most effective to have that hope snuffed out ruthlessly through the Russo brothers within the first little while of Avengers: Infinity War.

We all know not anything about Thor four, for the reason that Waititi simply inked the deal, however no different standalone superhero within the MCU has but warranted a fourth movie. Will he connect to the Guardians of the Galaxy (whose subsequent large journey could also be within the works)? When End Game concluded, Thor had lifted himself out of alcoholic despair—whilst protecting the additional kilos, at Hemsworth’s insistence—and passed over management of New Asgaard to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who I might guess will determine into the brand new movie. We may also see some model of Loki, given the timeline shenanigans of Finish Recreation. (My Ars colleague, Sam Machkovech, is hoping for a story arc alongside the strains of Fats Thor: The Nice Triumph Over Gilligan’s Island Reruns. Howdy, it would occur.)

After all, that implies Waititi’s live-action adaptation of Akira for Warner Bros. will probably be placed on hang, even though the stricken challenge had already skilled delays. (The unique manga-inspired anime film celebrated its 30th anniversary remaining yr.) Script issues were in large part addressed, however per Deadline Hollywood, “The challenge were at the rocks for weeks, with phrase on the town that this is a tricky movie to solid ethnically at its top price range, on this second of political correctness.” Warner Bros. has been seeking to make a live-action model because it received the rights in 2002, so the studio’s dangerous good fortune on that entrance continues.

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