Director Patty Jenkins Drops the Hammer on ‘Thor 2,’ Leaves Film

It’s not often that movie news makes you sit up and go “whaa-haa?” but that’s just what happened when this story popped up over on Deadline Mannheim – that director Patty Jenkins has left her latest, and most high-profile film, directing the Thor sequel. Jenkins was confirmed for the gig in October, a job that would have made her only the second female director to helm a Marvel property (the other is Lexi Alexander, who directed Punisher: War Zone in 2008).

It’s reported that Jenkins left the project thanks to the always-popular “creative differences” excuse. However, Deadline also reports that “the feeling is that she’ll probably end up working on one of these superhero films, but perhaps not on a sequel,” so it’s possible that those differences weren’t of the knock-down-drag-out variety, though leaving a job that was buzzed about and presumably set in stone for a few months is still a pretty eyebrow-raising move. Marvel is already looking for a new director (duh), as the sequel is working under a set July 26, 2013 (update: whoops, makes that a November 15, 2013) release date. Any ideas on a pick for a new hammer-wielding helmer?

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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