Marvel may be making a welcome move when it comes to choosing a director for Thor 2. Deadline reports that the studio is seriously considering Monster director Patty Jenkins to take the reigns of the superhero sequel. If Jenkins got the gig, she would be not only the first female director to helm a major superhero movie (no offense to Lexi Alexander who did a great job with Punisher: War Zone, but it was a small-scale superhero flick), but one of the few women put in charge of a summer blockbuster. While I don’t think Monster is anything special beyond Charlize Theron’s performance, Jenkins did a great job setting the grey, dreary mood for the pilot of AMC’s The Killing (it was the story that zoned me out of that show). The question is how much room she’ll have to redefine the distinctive look Kenneth Branagh established for Thor‘s universe.
It’s worth mentioning that last month we reported that Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) was also being considered, so it definitely looks like Marvel is pulling from the small screen to find its director. Either way, we should expect an announcement soon. Thor 2 is set to open July 26, 2013. [Update: Variety confirms that Jenkins is in early talks to direct. The story adds that Kirk decided not to take the gig “due to creative and financial sticking point” and that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin), Noam Murro (300: Battle of Artemesia) and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) were all considered for the job]