With Spiderman: Far From Home bringing in some much needed comedy into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the wake of Endgame, fans can’t help but wonder what will come next, in Phase 4. Thankfully, there’ll be no absence of humour – given that Taika Waititi will be making his return to the MCU. With talks of having signed a contract, the director is set to write and direct the follow-up to his 2017 smash hit, Thor: Ragnarok.
Adding in comedy and wit to the otherwise serious tone of the Thor movies, all while experimenting with different film techniques, Ragnarok was a stand-out film from the rest, courtesy of director Taika Waititi. Needless to say, it was a gamble that paid off. Earning almost $854 million worldwide with a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, Thor: Ragnarok was, with no doubt, a franchise brought back to life.
What does this mean for his other projects?
Of course, being set to write for the MCU means putting a pause on Taika’s other projects. In particular, this means that Warner Bros.’ adaptation of popular Japanese manga, Akira, will yet again be delayed.
Akira, initially set for a release on May 21, 2021, will most likely be pushed back once again in favour of Thor 4. In the meantime, though, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it seems like Warner Bros’ will be keeping Taika in the loop for a long run – in hopes that he’ll work on Akira once he’s done with Thor 4.
If anything, it’s no surprise that Taika Waititi has been asked to write and direct for the MCU again. If there’s someone who can put a charming, comedic spin on Thor (who would otherwise have been gruff, arrogant, and at times overtly angry), he’s definitely the man for the job.
Plus, in light of Endgame, there’s a chance that Thor 4 might involve the Guardians of the Galaxy – which is bound to be a movie that’s equal parts funny and full of action. We’re looking forward to details on the movie, that are bound to come soon!