Thor’s Hammer Will Drop Again in 2013, Sans Kenneth Branagh

Or July 26, 2013, to be exact.

That’s the date that Disney has set for Marvel Studios’ sequel to their surprise hit “Thor” (and admit it, you were surprised the film did so well, given the whole Norse God themes) according to Deadline. Chris Hemsworth, of course, is expected to reprise the titular Thor, the Asgardian God of Thunder who, last we left him, was stuck back in Asgard after defeating evil step-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

After opening large, “Thor” has gone on to earn $437 million worldwide, with $259 million of that coming from overseas.

The 2013 release date will put “Thor 2″ in good companion. Marvel/Disney also has Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3″ scheduled for May 3, 2013, which gives Marvel two major pics for the year. Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, of course, is set to dominate 2012 all by its lonesome, but since that movie boasts not one, not two, but four major movie superheroes, I’m pretty sure it’ll be up to the task.

Not expected back is director Kenneth Branagh, who has made it publicly known that it’s one-and-done for him on the big-budget comic book franchise. So … who wants to direct a big-budget movie about the God of Thunder?

Updated: Deadline has added to their story — screenwriter Don Payne has been hired to script the sequel. Payne has plenty of superhero scripting credits, including “Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer”, “My Super Ex-Girlfriend”, and more recently he penned a live-action “Lobo” for Warner Bros.



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  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    They could’ve done better frost giants as in humungous icicle things but I guess it worked, lookin forward to 2#

  • Anonymous

    THOR rocked my socks….and I didn’t even read the comics. Maybe that’s why i liked it.

    • clarkspark

      Same here, its easily my favorite movie this year and I’ve seen Xmen First Class and Green Lantern.

  • Marie

    Chris hemsworth is awesome! love him sooo much!

  • Marie

    Chris hemsworth is awesome! love him sooo much!

  • juggernaut

    While I was exited for a big screen adaptation of Marvel’s god of thunder, I must say I was not sure how it would translate to film or fare at the box office. Ultimately I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. It did the unthinkable in making a god from another astral realm relevant and even believable in the same world that was dominated by more scientifically rooted films like Ironman. That success coupled with Marvel’s steamrolling of above average comic flicks has allowed for a much anticipated sequel.
    I can’t wait to see what this offering brings. However, with both Jon Favreau and Kenneth Brannaugh vacating the director’s chairs on their respective properties a large cloud will be hanging over the new installments of both franchises. Shane Black is already attached to direct IM3 and I’m optomistic about that. His handle on the “buddy cop” sub genre will fit nicely with the dynamic that was created by his predecessor, Favreau. Hopefully Marvel, who have been on a roll selecting the right people to helm their movies, will get someone of equal talent and background to handle such a complex and difficult character.