Marvel Sets 'Thor' Sequel for Summer 2013 Release with 'Iron Man 3'
Back in April we heard the not-so-surprising news that sequels were already in the works for both Captain America: The First Avenger (check out the newest trailer right here) and Thor. Now Deadline has learned that today Marvel and Disney are announcing their full commitment to a sequel for the god of thunder with Chris Hemsworth putting on the helmet and cape again for a theatrical release sometime in the summer of 2013. Since Marvel and Disney have already set Iron Man 3 for release on May 3rd, 2013, so I'd expect Thor 2 to hit sometime in June or July afterwards. Actually, we might even have an exact date later today.
However, with this announcement comes the news that Kenneth Branagh will not be returning to direct the sequel. Apparently there's no hard feelings between the studio and direct as his lack of involvement is said to be "mutual and amicable" and he'll still probably end up being a producer on the sequel anyway. Though he may not have the box office success to back it up, and his films haven't exactly been amazing, I think Scott Stewart, the director of Priest and Legion, has some great potential to do something with the Thor franchise. The weakest part of Stewart's films has been the script, but his direction, especially in the action department, has been pretty great. It'll also be interesting to see how The Avengers affects the story in the Thor sequel, if it does at all. Either way, get ready to feel the thunder again in the summer of 2013.
So with Branagh not returning for the next one, who do you think should direct Thor 2 instead?