I thoroughly enjoyed Thor. No, it’s no Iron Man or The Dark Knight, but it was still one of the better comic book movie adaptations of the last few years. And of course, the big hammer-swinger is coming back next year in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. But Marvel’s got a wicked case of sequel-itis, and all of their characters are part of multi-picture deals. Thor made almost half a billion dollars worldwide, so inevitably it’s going to get a sequel beyond his appearance in The Avengers.
The catch, of course, is that Marvel needs a director. Kenneth Brannagh, who handled the combination of modern and supernatural so deftly in the first film isn’t returning, and then their second pick — “Game of Thrones” collaborator Brian Kirk — didn’t work out either. Marvel’s made a history of unconventional choices with these films, and their next pick was even more so — Patty Jenkins, whose only film to-date was the Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster. It was an intriguing choice, and the actors involved all seemed curious and excited about it.
Well, now that’s all for naught — Deadline is reporting that Jenkins has exited the film, citing “creative differences.” Interestingly, Deadline went on to say that “the feeling is that she’ll probably end up working on one of these superhero films, but perhaps not on a sequel.” Meaning that Marvel digs her, but just not for this particular project? That makes a little sense, actually — Thor’s juxtaposition of the magical and the mortal worlds is a radical departure from the more technology-based heroes.
Anyway, Marvel’s already hunting for a new director. Thor 2: The Hammering is going to happen. We just don’t know who’s going to be driving.