Thor was another MARVELous (see what I did there?) adventure. Sure, there were a few pointless characters and some dull moments on earth, but it was good comic based action film. Kudos to director Kenneth Branagh for successfully bringing a movie about norse mythology to the big screen–without making it incredibly cheesy; a task I previously thought nearly impossible.
Anyway, everyone was excited to see where Branagh would take the sequel that is due to come out in November of 2013. Then Marvel broke the news that Branagh unfortunately would not be returning for Thor’s next adventure and that director Patty Jenkins (Monster) had taken over for him. MovieFon caught up with Branagh to ask why he left the project and the answer is quite simple, timing.
“It was simply timing. I loved doing the movie, I’d love to do another movie for Marvel, and it was just timing. The requirement for me was just to get back in the saddle so swiftly that it wasn’t really feasible, but it was a decision [Marvel] understood.”
He also shared his thoughts about Jenkins taking over for him, expressed excitement over the choice adding he cant wait to see how the second film develops.
“I, along with a lot of other people, are very excited about the appointment of Patty Jenkins. I think that’s a great choice to direct the movie. I know that Kevin Feige and all the people I worked very closely with, who were absolutely parts of the creation of that movie, are keen to produce a great second picture. So it was the right decision for me and for them and I am really looking forward to see how the second one develops.”
He’s so classy to not talk about any of the problems with Marvel. I’m sure there are truth in his words, but there has to be more to it, then bad timing! Marvel Studios has a track record of discord with directors and actors. Jon Favreau was stressed the fucked out with Iron Man 2 and opted out of IM3 as a result. Will probably never know what happened between Marvel head Kevin Feige and Edward Norton regarding the Hulk. Most recently, we got Mickey Rourke saying “Marvel is a piece of crap” for limiting his creativity on set of IM2.
Are there creative conflicts? Is Marvel going a little too overboard protecting their franchise, so much so that it’s pissing off the talent? Could their micromanaging hurt future developments? Probably not, but drama at the house of M is certainly fun to gossip about.
Thor 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 15, 2013!