Waititi’s supervision on the fourth “Thor” movie places Warner Bros.’ long-in-discussion “Akira” adaptation sine die. The studio, however, predicts “Akira” can get its momentum with Waititi at the director seat once he has wrapped up “Thor 4.”
“Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment about the crown prince of Asgard (played by an Australian actress, Chris Hemsworth), became a significant success, grossing $854 million globally in 2017. Hemsworth is set to reprise his iconic character as the god of thunder in the yet to be titled the fourth film. Marvel and Disney have not yet scheduled release date for Thor 4.
Waititi recently wheeled Fox Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a parody featurette about a kid whose mother shelters a Jewish girl to hide her from Nazis. In the movie, Waititi assumes the role where he is an imaginary friend ( Adolf Hitler) to a boy. The film is set to hit theaters on Oct. 18.
Waititi’s other notable works include New Zealand titles “Boy,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “What We Do in the Shadows,” which he directed in collaboration with Jemaine Clement. The now 43-year-old had also directed the pilot episode of the new FX series “What We Do in the Shadows.”
In “Thor: Ragnarok,” he played the character Korg and reprised that role in “Avengers: Endgame” as well. Waititi is represented by CAA and Management.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor was most recently seen in Avengers: Endgame, helping his fellow original heroes of Earth's Mightiest Heroes rout Thanos once and for all. The end of the film saw Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy setting off on a journey to find 'Gamora,' insinuating Hemsworth's character may show up in James Gunn's, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - however that is as yet misty, like quite a bit of Marvel's upcoming releases.
With Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel Studios has officially summarized the book on Phase 3 of the MCU. As of now, Marvel's Phase 4, to a great extent, is just a pipeline projection, but it's quite inevitable the studio will make some official statements soon. Especially at the Marvel Studios gatherings during San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.
What remains to be seen, though, is when in real Thor 4 will take occur both within the MCU timeline and the Marvel Studios release date. As per the assumptions, however, Thor 4 may be ready to hit big screens by 2021, or 2022 at the latest, unless Marvel focuses other films first. It's also uncertain if Thor 4 would take place before or after Guardians 3, given how soon after the events of Endgame that movie follows up.