'Thor 2' Once More Without a Director as Patty Jenkins Quitsby: Posted:
Uh-oh. All's not well in Asgard.
For the second time since the spring 2011 release of "Thor," Marvel's God of Thunder franchise has no director steering its sequel. Deadline reports that director of Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning "Monster" performance Patty Jenkins has departed "Thor 2" over apparent creative differences with Marvel brass.
Jenkins - who was to replace "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh, who declined to rejoin the franchise for a sequel - was tentatively to start making "Thor 2" in September 2012 after the release of Marvel's franchise-crossover "The Avengers," which features "Thor" stars Chris Hemsworth playing Thor, Tom Hiddleston reprising his antagonist role as Loki and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Marvel is reportedly already hitting up talent agencies seeking a new helmer.
Meanwhile, word is that Marvel executives want Jenkins for at least one other unspecified title, though it's rumored that it won't be a sequel. Meanwhile, "Thor 2" has a tentative Nov. 15, 2013 release date that needs meeting. This could put pressure on "Thor" co-writer Don Payne in hammering out the second installment's script.
All told, it's not the first time a multi-film Marvel franchise has landed in these waters. Though Sony's take on "Spider-Man" kept director Sam Raimi on-board for all three of its first tries before rebooting the franchise with 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man," 20th Century Fox had to turn to Brett Ratner to direct the poorly-received "X-Men: The Last Stand" after "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United" director Bryan Singer bowed out of the third installment to direct "Superman Returns."
After that, Ang Lee directed 2003's "The Hulk" (it sucked), Louis Leterier directed 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and it's still somewhat up-in-the-air whether he'll be back to direct an "Incredible Hulk" sequel post-"Avengers."
Most recently, Jon Favreau passed on going for a three-film hat trick and won't be back to direct a third "Iron Man" movie after making arguably the two most successful movies of the Marvel Studios era.