‘Thor 2′ Lands A Release Date; Kenneth Branagh Not Directing [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 1st, 2011 at 10:44 am,

thor movie reviews Thor 2 Lands A Release Date; Kenneth Branagh Not Directing [Updated]

[Update: We now know who the Thor 2 script writer will be. Click link for details.]

Chris Hemsworth’s mighty Asgardian warrior will be back on the big screen in Thor 2, which is slated for theatrical release in 2013 – just a matter of under three months after his Avengers teammate, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), suits up again in Iron Man 3.

Similar to how Iron Man 1 & 2 helmer Jon Favreau won’t be returning as director for the third film in that series, Thor‘s Kenneth Branagh won’t be calling the shots on the sequel to his comic book flick. He is, however, expected to return in some capacity, probably as a producer.

Another solo adventure with Thor was always in the books for Marvel – even before the first film was released in theaters to generally good reviews and a (current) worldwide gross of just over $437 million. Now the studio’s superior, Walt Disney Pictures, has officially settled on a July 26, 2013 release date for the followup.

Why exactly Branagh has selected to not return as director is anyone’s guess at this point. There are already rumors circulating about a breakdown in negotiations over his contract – and, of course, the possibility that creative control became an issue (as has long been speculated about Favreau stepping aside from the third Iron Man picture).

Whatever “bad blood” there may or may not be between studio and filmmaker, it’s seemingly not enough to ward off Branagh from serving as producer on Thor 2. That alone seems to imply that perhaps the Shakespeare aficionado just wasn’t ready to jump right back and once again take on the difficult task of helming another big-budget, effects-heavy blockbuster – one that’ll come with extra demands from devoted Thor comic book fans who have their own preconceived notions (or, rather, hopes) about where the sequel could and/or should go, in terms of storyline, villains, etc.

Thor 2 to hit theaters in Summer 2013 Thor 2 Lands A Release Date; Kenneth Branagh Not Directing [Updated]

Loki (Tom Hiddelston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

While most people agree that Thor was an overall good superhero tale, there was certainly room for improvement; seeing as that Thor 2 won’t be affected by the Marvel movie universe shared continuity to the same degree as its predecessor, the sequel can instead put more effort towards character development and exploration of the vast Thor mythology. Obviously, that encompasses a good deal of story material to be potentially explored in the film, not least of which pertains to the items glimpsed in Odin’s vault in Thor – which would also pave the way for additional Marvel characters to be introduced in the future.

One thing that ought to be mentioned: With The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man already scheduled for 2012 – and both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 hitting theaters in 2013 – that presumably means that Captain America 2 won’t arrive until Summer 2014. Sorry, fans of the patriotic First Avenger, but assuming you like the first Cap movie (which arrives in less than a month), you might have to wait a bit longer for his next adventure.

In the meantime, though, feel free to speculate in the comments section about who you’d like to see direct the Thor sequel, now that Branagh appears to be out of contention.


Captain America: The First Avenger hit theaters on July 22nd, 2011.

The Avengers arrives next year on May 4th, 2012.

Iron Man 3 will hit theaters on May 3rd, 2013, followed by Thor 2 on July 26th.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel

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  1. Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro.

  2. Im a happy camper. You all didnt think it was over did ya?

  3. Hopefully we see more of Odin, Anthony Hopkins really did such an amazing job and really sold the movie for me.

    • Yeah. We’ll have to see about that one. Sir Tony has stayed with us so far. Would be a drag if he left us.

  4. hope Thor2 will be as good as Thor

  5. Thor was great, I thought the film wouldn’t work at first but it turned out better than expected.

    Kenneth Branagh did a great job as the director, I hope he stays as a producer if he isn’t directing the sequel.

    Thor is the best comic book movie of the year so far with X Men: First Class, those films were great and excellent.

  6. Glad they’re setting a date for Thor 2, really bummed that Branagh isn’t returning. He said he would come back if the first one did well. Ah well, we can’t have EVERYTHING how we want.

  7. I like sequels and all and like seeing more of characters i love but i want to see some movies of more marvel characters. Like Ant-man, and a Luke Cage/Iron fist movie.

  8. I want Alfonso Cuaron to direct thor 2!

    • I agree, Alfonso Cuaron would be a phenomenal choice!

  9. Jackson and Del Toro are too pricey and possibly too busy. Maybe Wolfgang Peterson? I thought Troy was decent.

    • Troy is one of my favorite movies :)

    • @Beta Ray Bill,As much as I’d hate to admit it, you do have a valid point there.

    • haha, every time Troy on TV, all I can ever think of is Braveheart meets LotR. Sorry, I just can’t help it! :D

      I love watching the battle between Hector and Archilles. Whomever choreographed that did an amazing job and Archilles fighting style in particular was very compelling.

      • Agreed, Pitt’s combat scenes are my favorite parts of “Troy.”

  10. John Madden for director, and those who think I’m talking about the coach turned sports announcer don’t even bother to respond…

    • @the old msn


      j/k :)

      • AHH Tim You’re a Real Sport aren’t Ya! =-) Seriously though Madden guided three actors to academy awards with his last Shakespeare production. Certainly he’s worth talking to, see where his vision could take the thunder god/um alien…

    • For some unknown reason, they delayed the airing of the last episode till sometime in July (not sure of the exact date)

      • There’s been a FATALITY…

        Sorry, that was meant to be a joke.

    • Agreed, also The Warriors Three need to be redeemed and shown how truly badass they can be. I’d say let them go up against The Wrecking Crew and let Thor take on The Absorbing Man if there will be major scenes on Midgard. INTRO TO BALDER THE BRAVE(very important). Ulik, Malekith The Accursed, and possibly Kurse need to be showcased. Most importantly showcase the other realms. Trolls, Elves, dwarves and demons need to be shown. All of this can span out into 3 or 4 movies.

  11. BTW, this means NO ANT-MAN movie for 2013. Marvel needs to just pay Edgar Wright for his troubles in never getting the screenplay right and on time, and messing up the possiblility for Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne to be a part of or in The Avengers movie (which is wrong). Marvel, please pay Edgar Wright and let him go. Get somebody else. PLEASE.

  12. Movie studios need to pull their collective heads out of their behinds and stop being so greedy. If a movie is successful the studios need to be willing to pony up some real cash to keep the chemistry going and those profits flowing. They just can’t seem to see that connection.

    A prime example of this is New Line Cinema creating such bad blood with Peter Jackson. Jackson asked for a bigger cut of the profits (to reward all those who helped make the movies) from the Trilogy after it had made New Line over THREE BILLION but the studio refused. Idiots. If New Line had just been willing to say yes we would have already seen both Hobbit movies, New Line would be another 2 billion richer and Jackson would be on to other projects.

  13. meh was happy to see Thor bu wasnt impressed overall. Thought it was more a stepping stone to introduce him so he would’nt be an unknown to those that dont follow the comics.

    “Thor 2 won’t be affected by the Marvel movie universe shared continuity to the same degree as its predecessor,”

    How so? I figure Avengers will be a 3 parter? If not at the very least a 2 parter (or is there info supporting or refuting this?) so it (Thor2) would have to either take place before the Avengers or after the Avengers…..

    So anything that is done must reflect as such which is always a big issue with continuity.

    • I think they mean he wont be FORCED to have guys like Colson and S.H.I.E.L.D. in it, so it can be its own movie and not a prelude to Avengers.

  14. So, I have 1 word……..


    ok, so I know it will be Amora and Skurge, but I still want MALEKITH!!!

  15. Bad news.

    Thor was probably my second fave Marvel Studio film right behind Incredible Hulk I liked it more than Iron Man and I did like Iron man. I thought Thor was great, but Kenneth was the main reason it was great. The script was just ok, but the good acting and great directing is what made the film good. Kenneth was the absolute perfect choice. I can’t see them getting anyone more suited.

    Some of the names being thrown around here might very well do a good job, but we could trying being a little more serious. Those are fantasy choices and ones Marvel would never go with. Marvel likes going with guys a little less big ticket and big name than Peter Jackson or Del Torro. They like their directors to be low value.

  16. Dammit. Kenneth Branagh MADE the first Thor movie work. :(

    Marvel Studios is their own worst enemy at this point it seems. (Why am I not surprised…)

  17. Am I the only one who felt let down by Thor? I mean it was an OK movie, peppered with moments of brilliance, but just ok in the end. The casting was great and I enjoyed the performances from Thor, Loki, and Odin a lot which were very strong. I thought that the whole Earth scene (like many said) really dragged down the movie though to an almost unbearable degree. There was no time for Thor to learn humility and change, The Warriors Three/ and Sif were a waste, and the final battles were absolute let downs. This was another case of a movie being bogged down and lost by making room for the tie-ins. Now all that being said I really can’t wait for a second movie as long as it stays in Asgard and the other realms. They have such a wealth of story and lore to pull from for some truly amazing stuff.

    • No you’re not alone, I personally was bored through most of the movie and hated its ups and downs of awesomeness and the not.

    • I agree to an extent, I had really high hopes and wanted more from Thor, but I was also very happy about the end result, given the difficulty in bringing the characters and settings to the very realism- and science-based world of the Incr. Hulk/Iron Man/Cap film world.

  18. Kind of dissapointed… I was hoping for a new Marvel character to make his premier in theaters in 2013 :(

    Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Thor fan and the movie was cool (not all that great – but cool non-the-less). I would just have preferred a Black Panther movie or something.

    • A Black Panther movie would be awesome!!!

  19. Marvel is getting a bad rep, for abandoning good directors. Marvel, stop being so cheap, and stick with people that got you to the dance in the first place.

    • Hm, I haven’t heard of this… if they *are* getting such a rep, it’s not because they * actually* abandon their directors. Such a rep would only be persisting if a whole lot of people aren’t paying attention to the details of the situation. I’m more inclined to believe Marvel is getting a rep for directors not sticking around for sequels.

      Favreau and Branagh weren’t ditched by Marvel, they left of their own accord. Both directors don’t like to work on the same thing for too long, and even if there were creative or contract difficulties, they are still directors who like to work on a variety of things. Favreau said he was getting burned out on the Iron Man thing, and Branagh seems like the type that wants new challenges.

  20. Burn out happens. It’s a lot of time and work put into making a movie and then you pretty much start another one not to long after. Imagine the people that commit to back to back movies without a break like Lord of the Rings or The Matrix. Several years of your life committed to one thing. Just like your everyday average joe with a job. We all get burned out from time to time. That is why we need breaks or in a director’s case a change of scenery

  21. Being that the first one did so well, it is kind of let down to change the director so soon. Still, the show must go on. I just hope the director of Fanastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is up to the challenge and doesn’t present the same issues he had with that film.

  22. I wonder how these so called sequels will work after the Avengers,ha shared universe…….

    • With Thor it could work easily. He’s not gonna stay on Earth forever.

  23. My hopes for Thor 2? More hammer slinging action, more believability concerning the Asgardians,( especially the warriors three ) and less visible seams between Earth and Asgard. I found the mode of travel between the two a little cheesy last time. ( Interstellar travel at light speed for light years of distance is accomplished by an Asgardian warrior sticking his sword in a slot on a machine? ) Hope they take care of some of that stuff. Looking forward to it.

  24. I watch ALL of the action movies, and study mythology, and I loved it. The beginning in Asgard was definitely what made the movie. The fight scene with the frost giants was comparable to 300, if not better. Thor was amazing. If the sequel is completely based in Asgard and the realms(other than Earth), it will be amazing. Getting Jane to Asgard would be great as well. There should be no complaints if the interaction with Earth is eliminated, and they stick with mythology.