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Kenneth Branagh Bails on ‘Thor 2’

So pleased they were with the performance of the first, they’ve decided to make another. Disney and Marvel Studios have set a release date for Thor 2, a sequel to this summer’s Kenneth Branagh directed, Chris Hemsworth starring superhero film. Usually when a sequel to a comic book movie gets announced, it’s immediately time to start speculating on what’s going to happen in the next one. With Thor 2, however, things are a little bit more complicated. Before this movie ever happens, the Thor and Loki characters are already set to appear in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers, so the people in charge of writing Thor 2 are going to have to make sure that what they do jives with the characters’ appearances there. And we’re going to have to wait to see it before really going wild with theories on what’s next for the Odinson.

Also there’s the matter of who is staying and who is going. The good news is that Hemsworth is already signed up to reprise his role as the titular character. If that wasn’t the case, I don’t think that the series could survive. The bad news is that director Kenneth Branagh has not agreed to make another Thor movie. This leaves the studio in the position of having to find a new director. And to make things harder, Thor had a pretty out there, pretty theatric approach to its material, and I’m not sure too many filmmakers other than Branagh are going to be able to duplicate that feeling without completely delving into the territory of film cheese. Are there any directors out there that you think could do justice to the material, short of a Terry Gilliam? The first person that says Julie Taymor gets a bomb in the mail.

Source: Deadline Merrillville

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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