Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will return to write and direct a fourth Thor film in lieu of directing Warner Bros. Akira, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This would be the first report of a fourth Thor film entering development, however Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and Valkyrie actor Tessa Thompson have each mentioned speaking with Waititi about the potential for such a sequel.
Thor 4 would also make Thor the first solo-hero Marvel Studios franchise to reach four films. Only the Marvel’s Avengers franchise has had four releases, culminating in this year’s Avengers: Endgame which established a new status quo for the God of Thunder.
Waititi’s work on Thor 4 will reportedly also delay production on Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga Akira, which the director has been working on for some time.
Originally planned for a May 20, 2021 theatrical release, THR reports Akira will go on hold ‘indefinitely’ to accommodate Waititi’s reported Thor 4 filming schedule, with Warner Bros. reportedly hoping to eventually work with Waititi on the film.
No projected release date for Thor 4 was reported.