Taika Waititi will return to write and direct 'Thor 4'

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Taika Waititi attends the Build Series to discuss the new film 'Thor: Ragnarok' at Build Studio on October 31, 2017. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

It's super news for Thor: Ragnarok fans – Taika Waititi is heading back to Marvel to write and direct Thor 4.

According to The Wrap, 'an individual with knowledge of the project' spilled on the New Zealand-born director's next movie.

However, it reportedly means that his long-planned live action version of the Manga classic Akira will now be put on hold 'indefinitely'.

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Waititi scored a huge hit with Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, coining in $854 million - around £688 million - at the worldwide box office.

Taika Waititi poses in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House, he is in town to promote his new film Thor: Ragnarok.

The movie also gave us considerably more comedy than in previous Marvel efforts too, as well as a star turn from Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, the louche ruler the planet Sakaar.

Waititi himself also appeared in the movie as Korg, the softly-spoken Kronan gladiator who befriends Thor, reprising his role briefly in Avengers: Endgame.

Chris Hemsworth attends the Thor: Ragnarok Sydney Screening Event on October 15, 2017. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for Disney)

It will no doubt mean that Thor, who will likely also appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, will continue in a humourous vein – his fatsuit appearance in Endgame was almost entirely played for laughs.

Fans have already reacted to the news, offering theories on what the fourth Thor film might be called.

Meanwhile, Waititi, originally known for his work with Flight of the Conchords, will unveil his new movie Jojo Rabbit in October.

A black comedy, he plays the hapless imaginary friend to a young boy in 1930s Germany, who takes the form of Adolf Hitler.