Marvel knows a good thing when it sees one. In this instance, the studio is bringing Taika Waititi back to direct Thor 4, putting Akira on hold in favor of the Marvel production. The news comes just days before Marvel is set to reveal plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok and essentially rebooted the character by turning him into a lovable goof. Since then, Thor has become one of the best characters in the MCU and it looks like Marvel wants to continue the God of Thunder's storyline into the future.
It's a significant move for Marvel for a few reasons. It means Thor will become even more of a focal point post-Avengers: Endgame. It's also the first time a character in the MCU has been given a solo film. Previously, Iron Man and Captain America had three solo movies.
Few details about Thor 4 are known at this point but hearing Waititi is back to direct is all we needed to know. It's likely we learn more about Thor's fate once Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters, though we're assuming Thor is involved in that film since he flew off with the Guardians at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
Now that we know Waititi will be involved in Thor 4, hopefully that means the director will also return as Korg, who he voiced in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.
We should learn more details about Marvel's plans for Thor 4 at Comic Con this week.