Taika Waititi jokes that Men in Black: International is Thor 4. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson team up again, this time outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in the Men in Black franchise's soft reboot. The pair plays Agent H and Agent M in the movie who tackle a murder mystery that sends them on an international journey. Hemsworth and Thompson are working together yet again after starring opposite each other in Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.
Breathing life into the MCU's Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok catapulted the God of Thunder's popularity to new heights. Gone were the dark and gloomy palette that the sub-franchise was known for, and instead, trippy backgrounds reminiscent of Jack Kirby's psychedelic comic book panels took their place. The aesthetic and new brand of humor perfectly tied into what Joe and Anthony Russo wanted to do with the character in Avengers: Infinity War, and by the time Avengers: Endgame was released, they doubled down on the drastic change that Thor had gone through in his last three outings. Considering what Thor: Ragnarok meant to finally striking the right tone when it comes to Thor, many are pushing for him to return for a potential Thor 4. However, while Marvel Studios has yet to mention anything about the film, Waititi is directing people's attention to Men in Black: International, which also features Hemsworth and Thompson in tandem.
Quoting a bit from the actors' interview while promoting their latest project, Waititi took it to his official Twitter account to hype up the release of Men in Black: International, jokingly dubbing it Thor 4. In the clip, Hemsworth and Thompson are playing a guessing game where the former impersonates Captain Jack Sparrow. The Australian actor mimicked the pirate's signature drunk mannerisms, and yet Thompson thought he was impersonating Waititi. Check out the tweets below:
Marvel Studios is intentionally keeping their post-Phase 3 plans close to the chest. No other projects have been officially confirmed past Spider-Man: Far From Home, although Scarlett Johansson and Cate Shortland's Black Widow standalone film is already in production, while Chloe Zhao's The Eternals is already actively casting. While there's been no concrete word yet for Thor 4, Thompson did say that a pitch has already been made with Waititi set to return behind the camera. She didn't reveal any potential plot, but fans are thrilled about the prospect.
Considering where Avengers: Endgame left Thor and Valkyrie, it's very easy for Marvel Studios to map out Thor 4 that organically fits into their overall narrative. The God of Thunder may have handed his ruling duties to Valkyrie with regard to New Asgard and left with he Guardians of the Galaxy, but he can always come back in case there's a brand new villain threatening the peace of his people in their new settlement. The question is whether or not Kevin Feige is willing to break the MCU's three-film sub-franchise formula as seen in the Iron Man and Captain America trilogies. In any case, seeing that the actors and Waititi have maintained some sort of friendship, it won't be difficult to cajole them all to work again with each other. In the meantime, fans can check out Men in Black: International as they wait for word regarding the next Thor standalone film.
Source: Taika Waititi
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Men in Black International (2019) release date: Jun 14, 2019