This announcement actually took longer than I imagined. It’s just been announced Marvel’s Thor is getting a sequel, with a scheduled release date of July 26, 2013.
Deadline has the exclusive that confirms actor Chris Hemsworth will return to the title role but that director Kenneth Branagh will not. Deadline says the director “will likely be involved in some producing capacity,” and that his exit was “mutual and amicable.”
Thor’s domestic total to date is $177,441,877. If you add in the foreign markets that number jumps to $437,003,116. While it’s a huge opportunity for another director, it’s also a big weight to carry on your shoulders. I thought Branagh did a great job with the film so I’m a little sad to see him go and I hope it won’t affect the flow of the two films. Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is set for a May 2013 release date so it looks as if we’ll have another comic book summer on our hands like we did this year — not to mention 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.
What are your thoughts on the news? Would you have preferred Branagh stuck around? Who would you like to see direct Thor 2?
EDIT: Deadline has just reported that Don Payne, one of the credited writers on the first film, will be writing the sequel. “Payne rewrote Lobo for Warner Bros, and was one of the writers on Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer. His superhero experience started with My Super Ex-Girlfriend.”