The Marvel Studios Hall H panel from Comic-Con International is just a few days away, and everyone is fully expecting President Kevin Feige to announce the slate for the MCU Phase 4. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we now have a clue about one of his possible announcements, and it might be one few were expecting:
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is returning to write and direct a fourth Thor movie!
Thor: Ragnarok was well-received by fans and critics when it was released in November 2017, going on to gross $850 million worldwide. More importantly, it paved the way for the events of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame earlier this year.
Besides directing the movie as his first major studio release, Waititi also played the character of the Kronan Rockman Korg, a character who proved popular enough to make a brief appearance in Endgame. (Greg Pak introduced Korg in his “Planet Hulk” storyline in the Thor comics, inspired by the rock creatures that appeared in one of Thor’s earliest stories in Journey into Mystery #83.)
The idea that there will be a fourth Thor movie is exciting news for those who are fans of Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor who has played a large part in the MCU from almost the beginning. With Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. retired from their characters in Endgame, Hemsworth is also the last of the original MCU triumvirate. There is no word whether Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki will return for a fourth movie, considering that he is lined up for his own Disney+ series.
Waititi has been spending most of his recent time finishing up his new movie Jojo Rabbit, a dark comedy set during World War II in which Waititi plays Adolf Hitler. It also stars Scarlett Johansson, who will also play a part in MCU Phase 4 with next year’s Black Widow movie, Sam Rockwell and Thomasin McKenzie, the breakout star of Debra Granik‘s Leave No Trace. Fox Searchlight will release that movie on October 18.
Waititi had begun production on a live action remake of the classic Anime Akira, which was due to be released in May 2121, but that project fell apart quite suddenly recently and Warner Bros. has officially put it “on hold indefinitely,” giving Waititi time to develop a fourth Thor movie.