The God of Thunder is getting a fourth solo feature.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will return to write and director Thor Four (as we’ll jokingly call it). Waititi’s first entry reinvigorated the series staring Chris Hemsworth as the occasionally worthy Thor Odinson by injecting his visual style and sense of humor. The result was a critical and box office success which no doubt influenced Thor’s role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Turns out people like their Thor funny.
A side effect of his return, though, will be another delay of Akira, Warner Bros. Pictures’ foolhardy attempt to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo’s legendary manga and film. We’ve never been shy about our doubts regarding this project, even when Waititi signed up to direct. THR reports script concerns pushed the production start date too close to Thor Four. We could make a joke about those script concerns, but we firmly believe Akira‘s best destiny is remaining in development hell indefinitely. Reportedly, the studio is willing to wait for Waititi rather than find yet another director, but this may be the final end for the project.
Meanwhile, we’re exciting to see where Thor Four goes. The “Asgardians of the Galaxy” concept seems like such an obvious set-up — provided Thor is still rolling with the Guardians in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, of course — but it is also possible the film will focus on Thor finding a new Asgard off Earth, learning his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is still alive, or chaffing under the fair and just rule of Queen Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). No matter the storyline, though, we expect it will be a technicolor extravaganza.
It is also worth noting that Thor will be the first MCU solo series to reach a fourth film. Both the Iron Man and Captain America series will designed as three-film sets with The Avengers built around a four-part structure. Considering Hemsworth’s joy in the role and Waititi’s creativity, we could see Thor continuing through a sixth installment; an idea which would’ve seemed impossible in the wake of Thor: The Dark World.
Thor Four is not yet scheduled for release, but expect it to be part of the 2022 slate.