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Thor 4 Is Official, Waititi To Direct, Backburnering Live-Action Akira

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to helm Thor 4.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waititi's decision to direct the God of Thunder has also pushed back Warner Bros.' plans for the live-action Akira film he was attached to.

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Waititi is credited by many with reviving the character of Thor after the diminishing returns of his first two solo outings. Ragnarok, conversely, earned an impressive 93% on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

As for Akira, this delay is just the latest in a long series of setbacks for the film. Several writers and directors have been attached to the project, including Stephen Norrington, Ruairi Robinson, Allen and Albert Hughes, George Miller, Christopher Nolan, Jaume Collet-Serra and Justin Lin. Even Jordan Peele was offered the project at one point before Waititi took the reins.

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Both Waititi and Thor star Chris Hemsworth appear in Avengers: Endgame, which also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is set for release on Digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on August 13.

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