While Waititi is best known for films like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople he received global recognition for his work on Thor: Ragnarok, which is arguably the best in the franchise so far. However, the studio hopes that Akira can get resume production with Waititi at the helm once he's done filming Thor 4.
Back enough... that it's a little too close now to Thor 4. The first Thor is fine, most people don't like the second one; suddenly Thor: Ragnarok made Thor the top-tier character he always should have been.
EW has confirmed that the Thor: Ragnarok director is returning to write and direct Thor 4. The film was scheduled to land on May 21, 2021, setting up a mighty tough shooting schedule for the director thanks to script concerns delaying shooting for Akira. Even though that discussion was framed around the idea of Thor joining Guardians of the Galaxy 3, his message was clear.
In Endgame's final scenes, Thor left Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy, which includes Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). But his boarding of what would be a fourth installment of the Marvel franchise comes at a cost: Warner Bros.' long-gestating adaptation of Japanese manga Akira.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers:Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
The downside of this news is that it may come at the cost of Waititi's other big project, a live-action version of the classic anime Akira.
Marvel Studios isn't set to reveal any future plans until their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
When asked about the prospect of coming back for a fourth instalment, Waititi said: "Whatever expectations we satisfy with this one, we'd need to go in a completely new direction and do something unpredictable".