Update: A day after Walt Disney and Marvel revealed they set a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2 (see original story below), Deadline is reporting that they've found a writer to flesh out the story for the superhero's next feature film adventure. After being one of the writers of this summer's blockbuster, the studios have invited back screenwriter Don Payne to pen the sequel. Beyond Thor, the writer's other recent hero scripts include My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Original: It looks like Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios will bring two comic heroes to life on the silver screen in the summer of 2013. With Iron Man 3 already set to kick off that tent pole season with a May 3 premiere, the studios have Thor 2 into the July line-up. The sequel to this summer's success story will hammer its way into theaters on July 26, 2013. There is no current competition set for that weekend.
Lead star Chris Hemsworth has been confirmed to be reprising the title character though the search is on for a new director. The original's helmer Kenneth Branagh is bowing out of the directing duties this time around and will likely just stay on board as a producer.
Thor opened in theaters on May 6 and kicked up $65.7 million over its opening weekend tally. Produced on a budget of $150 million, the adaptation of the superhero has a worldwide cume of $437.0 million at the moment.