With ‘The Avengers’ still a year off, Marvel Pictures is not resting on their super-heroic laurels. Instead, they’re still making plans for future films featuring Avengers members in the continuation of their solo film series.
The first ‘Thor’ movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh (‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’) but he left the series shortly after filming wrapped citing creative differences. Since Branagh’s departure, several directors have been courted for the director’s chair including Brian Kirk (‘Game of Thrones’), James McTeigue (‘Ninja Assassin’), and Drew Goddard (‘Cabin in the Woods’). Now ‘Thor 2’ may add the first female director to Marvel Studio’s crew with Patty Jenkins. Jenkins is most famous for the Charlize Theron vehicle ‘Monster’ (2003) but she has since been directing television shows such as ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Entourage’, and most recently the pilot for AMC’s ‘The Killing’ for which she received an Emmy nod. Reports are that Jenkins is now in early talks with Marvel for the director’s chair on ‘Thor 2’.
Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, and Natalie Portman, the stars of the first ‘Thor’, are all expected to return to their respective role in ‘Thor 2’.
‘Captain America 2’
‘Captain America’, which was one of my personal favorites of Marvel’s films thus far, will possibly have a sequel in theaters in 2014. ‘Captain America’ star Chris Evans in a recent press interview said of the star-spangled sequel “They may wait until 2014 until they release the next ‘Cap’. Marvel has a lot of balls in the air. They aren’t going to cannibalize their films.”
If that’s true, ‘Captain America 2’ will likely be released on May 16 or June 27, 2014 in one of Marvel’s already announced film slots. Evans is currently contracted to appear in three ‘Captain America’ and three ‘Avengers’ films so it is doubtful that he’ll be making any cameos in the other Marvel films. That means we’ll be without Captain America for two years after ‘Avengers’ hits theaters on May 4, 2012.
ScienceFiction.com would like to sincerely apologize for erroneously reporting earlier that Patty Jenkins was to be the new director of ‘Thor 2’. Although this mis-information was brief, only up for 30 minutes, we apologize for this and will continue to be diligent in our fact finding when reporting in the future.