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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to helm the fourth installment of the Marvel franchise

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to helm the fourth installment of the Marvel franchise

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi will be returning to the Marvel universe to write and direct the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2017 hit, Thor: Ragnarok.

The 43-year-old Kiwi – who also voiced Korg – inked a deal with Disney this week, which means his Warner Bros. remake of Akira will be pushed back, perhaps indefinitely – according to THR.

Australian heartthrob Chris Hemsworth – who plays the Asgardian God of Thunder – is the only actor thus far attached to Thor 4.  

Back for more: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi will be returning to the Marvel universe to write and direct the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2017 hit, Thor: Ragnarok (pictured July 9)

Back for more: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi will be returning to the Marvel universe to write and direct the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2017 hit, Thor: Ragnarok (pictured July 9)

Taika successfully steered the witty three-quel to earn a 93 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Ragnarok impressively amassed $854M at the box office.

‘What [Disney is] actually looking for [in a director] is people who know how to tell a story emotionally, and create characters that you care about,’ Waititi explained to Deadline in May.

‘[The studio] thought that even if I were to come in and deliver a comedy, we’d still be dealing with the characters on a more emotional level as well. 

Forefront: The 43-year-old Kiwi - who also voiced Korg - inked a deal with Disney this week, which means his Warner Bros. remake of Akira will be pushed back, perhaps indefinitely

Forefront: The 43-year-old Kiwi – who also voiced Korg – inked a deal with Disney this week, which means his Warner Bros. remake of Akira will be pushed back, perhaps indefinitely

Chris Hemsworth (R) returning too! Taika successfully steered the witty three-quel to earn a 93 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Ragnarok impressively amassed $854M at the box office

Chris Hemsworth (R) returning too! Taika successfully steered the witty three-quel to earn a 93 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Ragnarok impressively amassed $854M at the box office

Waititi explained to Deadline in May: 'I was really happy that [Disney] let me do my thing. They allowed me to bring a lot of my own ideas and a lot of my style, and I put a lot of myself into the treatment of the movie'

Waititi explained to Deadline in May: ‘I was really happy that [Disney] let me do my thing. They allowed me to bring a lot of my own ideas and a lot of my style, and I put a lot of myself into the treatment of the movie’

‘And I was really happy that they let me do my thing. They allowed me to bring a lot of my own ideas and a lot of my style, and I put a lot of myself into the treatment of the movie.’

The married father-of-two will next direct and star as Adolf Hitler in the WWII anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit, which hits US theaters October 18 and UK theaters January 3.

The Sundance Award winner also directs and voices the bounty hunter droid IG-11 in the eight-episode Star Wars live-action show The Mandalorian, which starts streaming November 12 on Disney+.

Imaginary friend: The married father-of-two will next direct and star as Adolf Hitler in the WWII anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit, which hits US theaters October 18 and UK theaters January 3

Imaginary friend: The married father-of-two will next direct and star as Adolf Hitler in the WWII anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit, which hits US theaters October 18 and UK theaters January 3 

Excited? The Sundance Award winner also directs and voices the bounty hunter droid IG-11 in the eight-episode Star Wars live-action show The Mandalorian, which starts streaming November 12 on Disney+ (pictured March 21)

Excited? The Sundance Award winner also directs and voices the bounty hunter droid IG-11 in the eight-episode Star Wars live-action show The Mandalorian, which starts streaming November 12 on Disney+ (pictured March 21)

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