Marvel Sets 'Thor' Sequel for Summer 2013 Release with 'Iron Man 3'

June 30, 2011
Source: Deadline


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?

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I think nobody should direct Thor 2 the first one was bad so why bother making a new one. But if I had to choose I'd do Christopher Nolan because he's a really good british director and Superhero.

Jackmooney on Jun 30, 2011


I liked it. Isnt Kenneth Branagh British too?

Anonymous on Jun 30, 2011


1. Thor was better then most Comic Book films that have been out for the past decade such as Fantastic Four(BOTH), Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Elektra, Spiderman 3, Punisher, Punisher Warzone, Blade Trinity, Jonah Hex, X-Men Origins, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Spirit, Catwomen, and before the past decade they're have been more abominations.  2. Christopher Nolan? wtf? noo! he shouldn't sell himself out with comic book movies he should finish Batman 3 and stop after that. Most of his films are usually original ideas and they have all been great.  He should stick with that.

A Villa88 on Jun 30, 2011


Yeah, I this the best some people can say--"Just give it to Nolan"?  I mean, what if he's not interested in THOR?  And Branagh did a great job, at least in my view. Throwing out the "Let Nolan do it!" line is just shortsighted.

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


Agreed.  Everyone seems to want to get on their knees for Nolan these days.  LOL

Maverick Pete on Jul 1, 2011


Agreed. Thor was just not good. at all.

Jackson on Jul 1, 2011


Its not for everyone. Maybe Green Lantern is more your thing.

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


wow aren't you a sourpuss fella?  "so bad why bother making a new one?"  geez.  The movie was entertaining at least enough to make a few bills and you can't blame them for trying to cash in on that. 

Harm on Jul 1, 2011


wat r u talking about that was like the best superhero movie of all time

Ryan Mungo on Jul 9, 2011


Ryan Dunn

RhythmDave on Jun 30, 2011


Alex Proyas would be a great choice for Thor 2

Loser on Jun 30, 2011


@ Jackmooney: so Chris Nolan is a really good Superhero? Hmm, interesting...

Alfredo on Jun 30, 2011


if your going to do it, do it right, Guillermo del Toro

RhythmDave on Jun 30, 2011


Bit of a Dark Horse, but I'd like to see Mel Gibson direct it.

Robharm on Jun 30, 2011


Robharm... pretty good idea actually.

Daneforst on Jun 30, 2011


The only way to save comic book adaptions is to have Chris Nolan reboot them all 

Ashley_may on Jul 1, 2011


You're kidding, right?

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


Yes I was joking

Ashley_may on Jul 1, 2011


Okay, cool...but I'm wiping the egg of my face right now.

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


Only if he starts with Sin City 2.

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


Still waiting for the Black Panther movie. Djimon Hounsou would be perfect for that. Any news on that from Marvel?

Loser on Jul 1, 2011


No doubt. Its funny that blade saved marvels @$$. And haven't made another blk character as lead since. Yeah I know blade Trinity sucked, bit give us the king of wakanda. At least a cameo in the avengers

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


I don't think it has anything to do with the fact he's black. It's more that he's a very little known character. I mean, personally i'd love to Djimon Hounsou do it (loved him since gladiator) but is it really neccesary to suggest Marvel are racist?

Blargh. on Jul 2, 2011


that has nothing to do with it. Blade was a nobody character no one really know much about the character at all and it become a success and a cult classic. the same thing can happen for Black Panther.

mace on Jul 3, 2011


Djimon is about intimidating enough to be the pink panther. There are far better-suited actors for black superheroes, especially one with the presence of Black Panther.

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


 I agree about Stewart directing good action and would love to see a Thor sequel. Comic book movies are far from dead. Some are quite good, some are very bad, some are absolutely amazing, and some are so terrible all involved should perish.

Lamar on Jul 1, 2011


Are you kidding me with Scott Stewart?! Legion and Priest were SO bad I got into fist fights with the people that dragged me to see both those abominations! Major NO (see that? I no'd the hell out of that 'no' because its in caps) to Scott Stewart and the crappy writers he rolls with.

Scared S#!tless on Jul 1, 2011


I'd like to see any of the following take a shot at Thor 2: Brad Bird Alfonso Cuaron Martin Campbell Pierre Morel David Yates Daniel Barber Dark Horse: John McTiernan

Harm on Jul 1, 2011


Zack Snyder

Anon on Jul 1, 2011


I agree Zack Snyder...  But i'd like to see what Michael Bay would do with it hahaha...

MiKa on Jul 1, 2011


That would b epic

Ashley_may on Jul 1, 2011


Zack Snyder... with a good script. That he didn't write/revise. Plus give Branaugh creative control... to keep Zack on point.

Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011


If you want to stay with British filmmakers with experience with blockbusters then I nominate Mike Newell (Prince of Persia, Harry Potter 4).

BlackFantasyFilmmaker on Jul 1, 2011


I also think that Nimrod Antal would be a great choice, but for me I think it's going to be about the direction of the story. I hope it doesn't end up being a filler like Iron Man 2 was.

BlackFantasyFilmmaker on Jul 19, 2011


hell ya THOR was an awesome movie!! alice eve for the entrantress!!

Croniccris on Jul 1, 2011


Dude Mel Gibson could totally direct this. Nice RobHarm. This makes so much sense. 

Arm on Jul 1, 2011


Immagine a Thor/Braveheart movie. UH BADASS

Sanderis on Jul 1, 2011


Yah, that would rock. But at this point in his career I don't think he could even get get a producing credit =(

Conrad Williams on Jul 2, 2011


Super shout with Gibson....SUPER....a Gritty as shit THOR would be class.

Ryan on Jul 1, 2011


just have whedon direct thor 2.. and iron man 3.. It would make sense

Smendoza on Jul 1, 2011


Luc Beeson. Not specifically for Thor I'd just love to see him do a superhero movie.

Blargh. on Jul 2, 2011


Scott Stewart?!.......Fucking Terrible Suggestion. Straight up Get Jason Reitman to wield the hammer....I think that would be pretty good! The new rule to into getting a director for superhero flick is just go completely random. i.e. Jon Favreau - Iron Man, Kenneth Branagh - Thor, Joss Whedon - Avengers (it was a stellar surprise, but no one saw it coming)

Conrad Williams on Jul 2, 2011


There should not be a sequel to Thor. I made mistake of spending extra money to watch this trash in 3D. To say this movie was better then any of the Blade,Spider-Man, X-Men Origins movies is crazy talk. I would still put Spider-man 3 over Thor any day of the week. As far as Nolan taking over this movie, let's not go there and leave it at that.

Twill5033 on Jul 4, 2011


This is a bad movie for Thor. Iron Man 3 will crash Thor 2. 

whatafy on Jul 5, 2011


Brian Taylor (crank & gamer)   

skinnybrowndog on Aug 12, 2011

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