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Thor 2 to hit theaters summer 2013.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 01, 2011
Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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.

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evilbeagle 7/1/2011 7:16:51 AM

Am I the only one that thinks a Thor sequel presents some challenges?  I'm not familiar with the storylines in the comics, but I wonder what you do with a god after the origin story has been told.  Seems you could have some of the same roadblocks you have making a good Superman movie.

I'm excited about this, and I really enjoyed the first movie.  Bring it on.

InnerSanctum 7/1/2011 7:27:09 AM

2013 and no competition yet.  I can't even plan my present weekend.  

shac2846 7/1/2011 7:42:05 AM

 evilbeagle there is a goldmine of stuff in thor (read Walter Simonson's Omnibus) it's just a matter of pulling it off properly.

jackwagon 7/1/2011 7:56:19 AM

I presume Thor 2 will acknowledge the events of The Avengers in a similar fashion to how Iron Man 3 is supposed to. 

spiderhero 7/1/2011 8:03:06 AM

No Branagh directing? this concerns me. But there's still plenty of time for them to get another great director who can handle the material.

axia777 7/1/2011 8:06:46 AM

 I mentioned it before, but they should get the producers of 300 to make the new Thor movie.  Not Znyder, but the other guys who helped him.  The new Immortals movie looks to kick much ass.  It looks to handle the whole idea of Gods, Titans, and the like very well.  That and the movie trailer kicked a metric ton of ass.  That is just my two cents adjusted for inflation.  It may change if the Immortals movie blows monkey choad.

As for materials to make new story lines in a new Thor movie would be very easy.  It would be in the vein of Clash of the Titans type stuff.  There are over 30 years of Thor stories to adapt.

CrazyCEO 7/1/2011 8:18:19 AM

I agree with spiderhero, no Branagh is a bit of a worry.  Funny really since we all had reservations about him when first mentioned due to his classical approach.  He knocked this one right out of the park.

Lsn22s 7/1/2011 8:25:13 AM

No KB directing huh?  That's too bad, although seeing him stick around as producer is kind of cool...either way I'm psyched to see a sequel, there are a lot of stories to be told from this corner of Marvel mythos, and Iron Man 3 that same year? A one-two punch indeed, keep it comin' Marvel...

violator14 7/1/2011 8:30:32 AM

Damn why is he bowing out?? lazy bastard!

InnerSanctum 7/1/2011 8:34:52 AM

 Am I alone in wanting to see a story completely not on earth?  I'd certainly liked to have seen Hal spend more than 15 minutes training on Oa.  He gets kicked around a bit and then he is "trained"?  Anyway, I enjoyed the Ice Giant battles and would love them to explore the world of Thor and less "love interest".  Portman bores me.  

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