Lots of news for Thor fans today – so let’s just jump right in and see what’s happening with Asgard’s favorite son.
We’ve known for quite some time that director Kenneth Branagh will not return to helm the sequel to Marvel’s summer blockbuster. The strain of post-production and various creative differences between the filmmaker and the studio all but guaranteed that. Early rumors had Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk in serious talks to take the director’s chair, but that never came to pass (reports of the director being in negotiations to direct proved false. Kirk and Marvel Films never got past the meeting stage, as it turns out). Now comes word that Marvel has put Monster director Patty Jenkins at the top of the list to helm the highly anticipated sequel. As with the Branagh hire, this is a particularly intriguing choice.
THR reports that negotiations between Jenkins and the studio have not gotten underway, but should things pan out, she’ll become the first female director in Marvel Films’ history. She’ll also see the return of the first film’s cast, with reports stating that Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins will all reprise their roles.
But what will they be doing, you may ask? Turns out EW has the inside scoop on that.
Marvel Films head Kevin Feige tells the site that a sequel will “take Thor literally to other worlds." It will "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."
This news supports earlier reports that the sequel would feature a much larger cast of Asgardians and focus on the Norse world. There are still six of the Asgardian realms that can be explored on the big screen (the first film covered Asgard, Midgard, and Jotunheim), but that doesn’t mean a sequel will visit each of them (just imagine the FX budget for that…)
What do you think of this news, dear readers? Jenkins hasn’t ever directed a film like this (in fact, she hasn’t directed a film at all since Monster – instead plying her trade in television for the past eight years), but Marvel’s proven they have a knack for picking unconventional directors for these sorts of projects and having it work out for the best. Jon Favreau and Branagh spring immediately to mind, so perhaps Jenkins will be the next name to join the list.