In some great news for Thor fans, Taika Waititi will be returning to direct Thor 4. But as is often with great news, it’s also accompanied by some less than great news for Akira fans.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Waititi has signed on to return to the director’s chair for the Thor: Ragnarok follow-up. The downside of this, however, is that this will mean further delays for Warner Brothers’ long-gestating live-action Akira movie.
Akira was previously booked in for a May 2021 release, although that now looks like it will be pushed back. The fourth Thor picture has yet to actually be given a set release date, but the issue here is that ongoing script and budget issues with Akira had Warner. Bros getting nervous that the production start dates of both movies were a little too close for comfort.
This does not mean that the hugely talented Taika Waititi is completely off Akira, with Warners keen to move forward with a Waititi-directed Akira once the New Zealander is finished up on Thor 4.
Given that Chris Hemsworth’s Thunder God was last seen heading off into space with the Guardians, it may well be that we next see Thor in James Gunn’s 2021 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Either way, expect more on both Guardians 3 and Thor 4 as we get it.