‘Monster’ Director Up To Helm ‘Thor 2′ [Re-Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 1:54 pm,

Thor 2 to hit theaters in Summer 2013 Monster Director Up To Helm Thor 2 [Re Updated]

[UPDATE: We now have some official information about the plot of Thor 2. Read on…]

[SECOND UPDATE: Patty Jenkins is officially set to direct Thor 2]

Thor 2 is already locked for a Summer 2013 release date, with screenwriter Don Payne having been tasked with writing the God of Thunder’s next solo adventure on the big screen – following his appearance alongside the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, and The Incredible Hulk in next year’s The Avengers.

Previous reports indicated that Marvel was negotiating with Games of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk to direct the Thor sequel. Now, it seems that another filmmaker has emerged as the frontrunner to claim the director’s chair left empty by Kenneth Branagh (who decided to pass on helming the followup).

Deadline says that Marvel is close to naming Patty Jenkins as the director of Thor 2. The site doesn’t specify whether the filmmaker – who would become one of the rare women to call the shots on a superhero movie – has actually begun negotiations yet, but says this possibility “looks pretty serious.”

Jenkins previously directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar in the 2003 film Monster. Similar to Kirk, she is also known for her work in the TV medium, having helmed an episode of Arrested Development (“The One Where They Build A House”), a couple episodes of Entourage -and, most recently, the pilot episode for AMC’s The Killing.

Marvel’s interest in Kirk was openly acknowledged as being related to his work on Game of Thrones; the studio approved of his ability to handle an ensemble cast and deliver a complex, yet grounded, take on the fantasy genre. It was presumably Jenkins’ Emmy-nominated pilot for The Killing – which likewise juggled multiple characters and narrative threads – that earned her attention from Marvel heads.

Branagh’s background in adapting Shakespearean dramas to the big screen served him well, when it came to directing Thor. He was able to instill the production with a fitting sense of theatricality that helped it avoid wading off into campy territory. It was a pretty difficult act, seeing how many a fan thought that the Thor comic book universe was too fantastical in nature to convincingly work in a live-action film format – without just feeling silly – but ultimately Branagh pulled it off.

The emotionally-authentic nature of the character relationships in Thor – especially those concerning the titular hero, his brother Loki, and father Odin – helped offset the pulpier aspects of the fantasy plot, allowing it to work as a whole. Seeing how Jenkins’ primary strength as a filmmaker is her ability to handle difficult character drama (even when it concerns serial killers), it stands to reason that she could be as perfect a match for Thor 2 as Branagh was for the first film… assuming she signs on, that is.

UPDATE: Marvel has not yet confirmed that Jenkins is in talks for Thor 2, but EW is reporting that numerous sources “close to the project” have confirmed that early negotiations have begun.

The site also has the following to offer, with regards to the plot of the Thor sequel:

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently told EW that plans were developing fast for the sequel, which he said would “take Thor literally to other worlds.” While moviegoers will next see Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-swinging hero in ‘The Avengers’ next May, ‘Thor 2′ would “primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father (Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins) is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds,” Feige said.


We’ll keep you posted on the status of Thor 2 – which remains set for theatrical release in the U.S. on July 26th, 2013 – as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

Update Source: EW

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  1. Never heard of her…

    Now that I think about it, has any woman ever directed a superhero movie before?… well regardless, I think it would be a nice change of pace.

    As long as she’s enthusiastic about directing Thor 2 and interested in the franchise, then I’m all for it. :D

    • The chick who directed Hooligans directed the second Punisher movie (the one with Ray Stevenson).

      • That was the third “Punisher”. There were two before: Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane.

  2. Call me sexist but Female directors have never been good at directing male action movies in my opinion. They never seem to be able to grasp the concept of how men react in stressful situations and how fights actually play out.

    • Point Break disagrees with you

      • Point Break is a crap movie.

        • HA! OWNED!

      • Point Break was so stupid, lol. It was just about over the line between bromance and just gay… :-D

        • What about the Hurt Locker?

          • Oh don’t get me started. I loved how all of the critics praised the movie and her for “not sacrificing authenticity for drama” when that is EXACTLY what she did for that entire movie… NONE of that movie was at all believable. Everything was completely not authentic and completely just for the drama. I guess that’s what you get when all of the critics have no clue how things really are over there…

  3. I’m certainly eager to see Amora the Enchantress in the next film!

    Also, I hope this director doesn’t take issue with Thor’s chivalry. Loved that about the character.

  4. Yeah, I don’t wanna be sexist but look what happened last time Marvel hired a female director to helm a comic book movie – the result was Punisher: War Zone arghh. I’m really guttered Kenneth isn’t returning as he definitely would have been my first and only choice as director for Thor 2…in saying that, I could see Guillermo del Toro doing a pretty badass Thor sequel, it’s just a shame he’s tied up with Pacific Rim

    • i loved punisher war zone… I just took it what it was: fun. The Punisher punished. The one with Travolta was terrible though.

      • Argh people like you are the reason Hollywood is putting out such shut lately. I suppose you’re looking forward to Ghost Rider 2 huh?

        • I didn’t see it in theaters and I bought the DVD used off Amazon. So actually, Hollywood didn’t see a dime of my money.

          So, in other words… wrong

          And honestly, who cares if Hollywood keeps putting out trash? If you don’t like it, don’t spend money on it. If hollywood wants to spend millions of dollars putting out ghostrider too (I actually haven’t seen the first one) then let them. There is like a 5% chance it won’t suck. not my money they are wasting.

  5. *sight*

    I whish J.J Abrams enter the marvel universe.


  6. I really hope not. Monster was terrible. I’m sorry for anyone who saw it, but she WAY over-dramatized everything. I know about the true story about Aileen Wuornos. Monster was WAY too sympathetic to her. The truth is that she was a cold-blooded killer. None of those tear jerker parts were true. She never cried and regretted or had doubt about killing people. She tricked them, brought them out, and shot them. Probably slept like a baby right after… The movie was garbage, just another “let’s feel sorry for the bad guy” BS you always see in Hollywood…

    I hope Kenneth Branagh returns…

    • Oops, I meant to say sorry for anyone who liked it…

      • I liked it, and I own it. It has nothing to do with the “reality” of the story or events, I just liked the film, just like how I liked ‘The Social Network’ and it was a dramatized version of the truth.

        • @sully

          Yes, I understand where you’re coming from. But for me, almost any movie where a killer is portrayed in a sympathetic manner, I tend to not like it, not for any specific killer, but just in general, that’s not believable. A lot of very idealistic people would like to think it is, but the reality is, there really are people who just enjoy killing people or people who feel their needs are more important than other peoples’ lives. Rehabilitation doesn’t work, period.

          But more specifically with this, my concern is that this director with this kind of mentality will not make a good movie especially when it comes to a comic book movie, there really should be a strong good guy versus bad guy theme, not a “oh, we should feel sorry for the bad guy, it’s everyone’s fault except his, boo freakin’ hoo.” That would make Thor 2 SUCK majorly…

          • @”“oh, we should feel sorry for the bad guy, it’s everyone’s fault except his, boo freakin’ hoo.””

            Really? That’s kind of what I got from Loki’s portrayal in the first film. Well….to a certain degree.

            • Not really, HE tried to get sympathy from Thor, but it’s something that basically would only work because he’s his brother…

            • Not exactly. Loki just envied Thor, which festered into hatred. He was not portrayed as a victim. Just some jealous psycho who let his need to be number one to overcome his reason. He had everything. He was a prince, he had a family, he had friends, and he was perceived to be a clever guy. He pissed everything away because Thor was next in line to the throne of Asgard. Never mind that he is loved and respected. He just had to be first. I thought Loki’s movie back-story was tragic, not because he was so down in the dumps, or anything remotely like that. It was a tragedy because he gave up everything he had because he wanted more. Such a shame.

  7. Um, I guess? Idk not because she’s a woman but she directed a movie about an ex-prostitute who killed six guys. Doesn’t immediately scream “good choice to direct THOR 2″ to me. I honestly just wish Branagh would come back. But I hope this sequel shows A LOT more of the nine realms(elves, trolls, fire demons) and also, the Warriors Three. I also think Hercules and the Olympian Gods would be awesome, too. Also, maybe Malekith or Ulik? Idk just throwin out ideas.

    • There was nothing that Branagh directed before tackling Thor that made me think he would do a decent job. Give the woman a chance.

      • @Ghost

        Branagh was chosen for his work in and directing Shakesperean films. He was an intelligent choice. Though the script could have used another re-write during the earth bound scenes.

  8. Man, Chicks arnt even interested in this kind of stuff. What is Marvel thinking?…..

    • Actually, several of my female friends love comic book movies.

      • That may be, but generally speaking, bot just your anecdotal friends who are girls, the female population tend to not like comic book movies.

        • I meant, “NOT just your anecdotal friends”. Not “BOT just your anecdotal friends”…but I’m sure you get my general meaning.

  9. Is Marvel getting cheap or is this the best they can do?

  10. Ken J- I hope Kenneth Branagh returns…


  11. Never heard of her and a chick directing a superhero movie wat is going on

  12. Thor was great, the best comic book movie of the year along with X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger.

    It is sad news that Kenneth Branagh isn’t returning for Thor 2, I still hope he may produce Thor 2.

    So my choice for the director is Ridley Scott or maybe Branagh.

    I just hope Thor 2 would better than the first one.


    • sorry that was directed at Ken J

  14. I understand why most of you guys are against the idea of a woman directing a comic book, and normally, I would say “give her a chance”… but looking at the bigger picture: a movie about a very handsome god with a hammer, who has like 3 woman after him (Jane Foster, Sif and the Enchantress) – I’m guessing Thor 2 is gonna turn out to be the first rom-com-com (romantic-comicbook-comedy) :(

    I’m probably just being sexist about this…

    I’ll still give her a chance though, IF she does turn out to be the new director (we should just remember: it’s not OFFICIAL yet.)

  15. I’d rather kenneth Branagh.

  16. Marvel goes cheap when it comes to directors.