Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
Still image of Thor: Ragnarok.
enlarge Chris Hemsworth returns as the Norse god of thunder in the as-yet-untitled Thor 4.

Director Taika Waititi is a hot item in Hollywood these days, and there’s no sign that his star will fade anytime soon. He just signed up to Marvel Studios to direct Thor 4according to the Hollywood Reporter, and Chris Hemsworth is expected to return as the titular god of thunder.

(Some spoilers for the first two Thor movies and Avengers: Infinity War and end game below.)

The first Thor was mostly good, mixing action and comedy in a winning mix, although it wasn’t as strong as other original stories in the MCU. The second? We will, The dark world suffered from early tempo problems and an overly expansive plot, supported mainly by great performances from Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Their complicated relationship remains at the heart of the franchise. Then, in a clever move, Marvel hired relative newcomer Waititi to direct 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok

At the time, the director was best known for his cult hit, What we do in the shade (now a half-hour comedy series on FX) and 2016’s, Hunting the Wildervolk— a charming, gripping comedy-drama that deserves a much wider audience. waititi’s Ragnarok turned out to be a game-changer, taking the Thor franchise to a whole new level with its skillful blend of humor, action, tragedy and one last dash of hope – only to have that hope ruthlessly dashed by the Russo brothers in the first a few minutes Avengers: Infinity War

We don’t know anything about Thor 4, since Waititi just signed the deal, but no other standalone superhero in the MCU has warranted a fourth film yet. Will he contact the Guardians of the Galaxy (whose next big adventure is also in the works)? When end game concluded that Thor had pulled himself out of an alcohol depression – while keeping the extra pounds at Hemsworth’s insistence – and handed over the leadership of New Asgaard to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who, I bet, will star in the new movie. We can even see a version of Loki given the timeline shenanigans of end game† (My colleague from Ars, Sam Machkovech, hopes for a storyline along the lines of: Fat Thor: The Great Triumph Over Gilligan’s Island Reruns† Hey, it can happen.)

Of course, that means Waititi’s live-action adaptation of Akira for Warner Bros. be shelved, even though the troubled project had already been delayed. (The original manga-inspired anime film celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.) Concerns over the script were largely allayed, but according to Deadline Hollywood, “The project had been on the rocks for weeks, with word in town saying it was a tough movie.” is to be ethnically cast on his high budget, in this moment of political correctness.” Warner Bros. has been trying to make a live-action version since it acquired the rights in 2002, so the studio’s bad luck on that front continues.

By akfire1

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