Patty Jenkins Confirmed to Direct THOR 2

     October 13, 2011


Monster director Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct Thor 2.  Last month we reported that Jenkins was in early talks to direct and we commented on how it was surprising that Marvel would hire someone who’s biggest directing credit to date was an independent drama known primarily for how Charlize Theron uglied up and won an Oscar.  Jenkins is an interesting choice but one that makes me more interested in the film than if some journeyman director had been hired.

We don’t know much about the plot other than Marvel President Kevin Feige’s comment that “[Thor 2 will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.”  Hit the jump for the full press release.  Thor 2 is due out November 15, 2013.

thor-movie-image-chris-hemsworth-smiles-01Here’s the press release:

Patty Jenkins Confirmed to Direct Marvel Studios’ THOR 2

Marvel Studios announced today that Patty Jenkins will direct THOR 2, which will be released in theatres on Friday, November 15, 2013.  Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman will return to star in the film along with Tom Hiddleston. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce the sequel to this summer’s blockbuster THOR, which has grossed over $448 million worldwide to date.

Patty Jenkins previously directed MONSTER starring Charlize Theron, who won an Academy Award® for her performance in the film.  Jenkins, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the pilot of AMC’s acclaimed series The Killing, has also directed episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development.  Most recently, she directed “Pearl,” one of the five short films that comprise Lifetime’s original movie FIVE.

In addition to THOR 2, Marvel Studios is currently scheduled to release MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012, and IRON MAN 3 which is slated for release on May 3, 2013.


  • Becky Shaw

    There are many Thor allies and villains that weren’t included in the first film which they can utilise in future sequels and give us new stories while leaving the overused Loki out of future sequels.

  • Grimcicle

    I think Loki should always be present in Thor sequels, but I don’t think he should be the primary antagonist.

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  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Thor 2 would be better off without Natalie Portman’s character. If I read between the lines, it sounds like the sequel’s going to focus a lot of on the family dynamic, which means a forced romantic subplot is going to be forced into the proceedings.

    The whole romantic subplot was the weakest part of Thor. And Hemsworth and Portman have zero chemistry.

    • LiamH

      You might be in the minority in that, general agreement is that they have a lot of chemistry. But I agree with the post below that I want more Sif instead of Jane.

  • Rukia

    Crappy films like Thor don’t deserve sequels.

    • Mike

      Go watch Transformers instead. Leave seriuos talk to the adults.

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  • Griz

    As long as they focus on developing Thor’s relationship with Sif . . . . . i’ll be happy.

    Thor was already extremely different from previous superhero movies because he ALWAYS had power, and had to LEARN how to be a common man (usually, its the opposite)

    So if they go ahead and decide to make the romance with Sif a central theme, it would again be significantly different from past superhero sequels where any romance was added just as an afterthought.

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  • fukia

    Names like Rukia don’t deserve to post..

  • Rev. Slappy

    Why isn’t Brannagh doing this? The first Thor turned out well and he did a ton of publicity for it. Did Marvel not want him back? Did Brannah not want to do a sequel?

    • Joe

      He was just tired of the marathon pace that came with making a big budget blockbuster. I think he’s going to produce it though

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  • oMaR, yo

    She directed the Pilot of The Killing…which was outstanding (check it out if u havent seen), and Monster was a good film…I think this could be a great choice.

    • Roger

      Monsters was a steaming pile of crap! Talk about false advertising, there were hardly any monsters in it, their total screen time was probably about 10 minutes. The rest of the film was just a road movie, and not a very good one.

      • Matthew

        I think you’re confusing Monster ( with Monsters ( Two completely different movies. I would have thought the references to Theron and an Academy Award might have been enough to tip you off…

      • John

        She directed a movie called Monster, not Monsters and yeah Monsters was a pile of crap.. but Monster was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It’s based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

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  • Salfie

    Really interested to see how “The Avengers” drives the “Thor” sequel as Loki is the main antagonist in that film. Introducing the Executioner and Enchantress could definitely be cool for a sequel. Gotta say Ulik is always fun too, but can’t see him as the BIG BAD for a sequel, more of a supporting character.

    Also, I might be alone in hoping that Thor gets a sizable amount of time on Earth. I personally like Thor and Jane more than Thor and Sif but still enjoy all of the characters. Looking forward to see how Patty Jenkins differs from Kenneth Branagh.

  • Danj

    Credible indie directors with a single breakout film have had an awful track record when making Marvel films (I’m looking at you, Gavin Hood). They add credibility, but are easily controlled by the studio. That’s a bad combo.

    • sean

      I don’t think that’s necessarily fair, because the sample size isn’t very large. Then again, we haven’t seen how The Amazing Spider-Man will turn out, either. So I’d wait to see what we get…

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