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As the MCU moves into its next phase, the "Thor" franchise will continue: "Thor 4" is officially in the works, with "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi once again at the helm.

The scoop comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which says that Waititi has just signed on to both write and direct the latest flick following the God of Thunder. As is typical with Marvel projects, no details about the potential plot were revealed, though there are a number of different directions in which Waititi and co. can take the franchise moving forward, considering where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) ended up at the conclusion of "Avengers: Endgame."

When we last saw our heroes, Thor was jetting off to join the Guardians of the Galaxy gang (perhaps setting up a cameo in "Guardians vol. 3"), while Valkyrie had taken over as the ruler of the Asgardians. Hemsworth is expected to return for "Thor 4," according to THR, though there's no word yet on Thompson's involvement.

What is more clear, however, is how "Thor 4" will affect Waititi's upcoming flick "Akira," the live-action remake of the anime classic. That Warner Bros. project, which had been languishing in development for quite some time, was delayed by scripting changes that pushed back its production start date, which in turn put it in conflict with "Thor 4." Now that Waititi has committed to the latter film, Warner Bros. is putting "Akira" on indefinite hold; while it's not a done deal yet, THR says that the studio may simply wait for the director to wrap "Thor 4," and save the project for him to tackle after he finishes the Marvel movie.

Stay tuned to see when "Thor 4" is expected to hit theaters.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]