The God of Thunder is returning to the silver screen. Thor 4 is officially in development with Taika Waititi returning to write and direct the film. Waititi also directed the previous installment of the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, which saw somewhat of a rebirth for the character. Previous versions of Thor in the MCU were far more Shakespearian, calling back to Norse Mythology and creating a more serious version of the character. Ragnarok opened the door to the current state of Thor, one more comedic and lighthearted, something fans (mostly) agree was needed for the character.
Actor Chris Hemsworth is expected to return to the role of Thor after his last appearance in Avengers: Endgame, however with Thor currently out in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, it is very possible that the fourth Thor will allow Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie to shine after her introduction in Ragnarok and brief appearance in the aforementioned Endgame.
This does however spell bad news for Waititi’s Akira film, which has been put on hold indefinitely in place for Thor 4. With script issues and casting calls already starting, it seems that the film is halted on all fronts. Production is hoping to continue after Thor 4.
As for the future of the MCU, Thor 4 is expected to film before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, leaving the possibility for some form of crossover to still occur.
Waititi’s next film, Jojo Rabbit, a unique Nazi-era satire he directed for Fox Searchlight, opens Oct. 18. Scarlett Johansson stars in the picture alongside Waititi, who portrays a boy’s imaginary version of Adolf Hitler.