'Monster' director Patty Jenkins considered for 'Thor 2'


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Marvel Studios may be sending Patty Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar win with 2003’s harrowing Monster, to the celestial realm of Asgard.

Jenkins, who is repped by CAA, also directed the acclaimed pilot to AMC’s The Killing, as well as episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development. She would be taking on Thor 2 from the original movie’s director Kenneth Branagh. The film is set to begin shooting next April, with plans to be in theaters by July 2013.

There was no official confirmation from Marvel about Jenkins, but several sources close to the project said talks are ongoing.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently told EW that plans were developing fast for the sequel, which he said would “take Thor literally to other worlds.” While moviegoers will next see Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-swinging hero in The Avengers next May, Thor 2 would “primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father (Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins) is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds,” Feige said.

The Nine Worlds are the different planes of existence, of which Earth is one, that Thor and his Asgardian brethren recognize. It’s part of a push to expand the cosmic side of the Marvel Comics universe, which includes many more intergalactic heroes and villains.

Though much attention will be paid to the fact that Thor will be getting a woman’s touch, no one who saw Monster or The Killing can accuse Jenkins of being soft. If anything, Thor may actually be facing much rougher treatment this time around if Jenkins gets the job.

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  • Bruce Brownwood

    I hope in they will include the following characters in future Thor sequels:
    Balder, Beta Ray Bill, Frey, Hermod, Hercules, Hoder, Hrimhari, Idunn, Kelda, Thor Girl, Thunderstrike, Tyr, Valkyrie, Vidar, Volla, Zeus.

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in future Thor sequels:
    Absorbing Man, Atum, Bloodaxe, Cobra, Desak, Ego the Living Planet, Enchantress, Executioner, Fafnir, Fenris Wolf, Grey Gargoyle, Hela, Karnilla, Kurse, Lorelei, Malekith the Accursed, Man-Beast, Mangog, Midgard Serpent, Mr. Hyde, Mongoose, Perrikus, Quicksand, Radioactive Man, Ragnarok, Seth, Surtur, Ulik, Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball), Ymir, Zarrko.

    • elena

      woah, did you just copy and paste that list from wikipedia? dang.

    • Loki’s Left Horn

      Since when is “Ragnarok” a CHARACTER? Would like to see Surtur – the giant sized fire giant version – show up in one of the sequels though, with his sword Twilight attempting to set fire to the cosmos. Hela as queen of the underworld is a good potential villain choice too.

      • coolman

        Ragnarok is Thors clone from Civil War stupid!

      • Jamaaliver

        *cough* DORK! *cough*

    • fnord


      • Buttcheek

        Stupid fnord. Must be a Thunderstrike fan…

      • Ash

        Good choice! “Monster” is a good movie and it’s a shame she hasn’t directed any other movie. I hope they bring back Kat Dennings, she was really entertaining

    • Mark

      how nany sequels do you think they’re gonna have? hemsworth will be 60 by the time they film thor 19

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  • elena

    Since I’m pretty sure Natalie Portman’s not showing up in The Avengers (sad face), I’m extremely pumped for a sequel. So much potential and badassery.

    • Anthony Breznican

      They may make mention of her in The Avengers, but Feige says the point of that movie is to not surround the heroes with their familiar supporting players. But Thor 2, yeah, sounds like she’ll be there.

      • Stacie

        My favorite parts of Thor were all the scenes in Asgard and beyond, so I hope that having her around doesn’t mean we’ll be stuck in the desert.

  • Flip

    Patty Jenkins would be cool. But has she even done a movie since Monster?

  • Jay

    I just recently saw Thor for the first time on Blu-Ray (I missed it in the theater), and I have to say…. i was pleasantly surprised.
    I wasn’t expecting much more than the standard superhero-type movie, and this really was a complete film on every level… much better than I expected.

    So good, in fact, I will surely catch any sequel in the theater

    • UGH

      I thought the movie went downhill after he was banished from Asgard. Wow. He saved a 7/11 from destruction. I’m a bit disappointed that Loki is the baddie in The Avengers. Give ‘em Ultron instead!

      • Marc

        It’s not just Loki. It’s looking like the Skrulls will play a part as well

      • pie thrower

        I said this yesterday. Ultron would be a great villain or make the Hulk go beserk and have The Avengers try and stop him while the whole city is crashing down.

    • steph

      I dunno. I loved Thor and was also pleasantly surprised by it, but I don’t think it needs a sequel.


    I hope they make it look less like a SyFy Channel movie this time.

    • UGH

      I hope they work on dying his eyebrows and beard better! Give him the helmet back, too! I thought it would’ve looked cheesy but it actually was really cool and he wore it all of 2 minutes! His sleeveless look in The Avengers looks better than that chainmail.

  • harry

    crossing my fingers


    Keep it in Asgard this time.
    All of the Earth elements ruined it for me. The romance was tacked on. The sets were cheesy. The town reminded me of Blazing Saddles when they built the fake Rock Ridge.

    • Vivi


      Agreed! The romance honestly felt forced. As amazing an actress as Natalie is, she and Chris don’t have any chemistry. All of their intimate moments just came across as awkward,

  • HM

    I was very pleasantly surprised with Kenneth Branagh’s handling of Thor. He made it a Thor movie, not a Kenneth Branagh film (TM). I hope and expect Patty Jenkins, should she direct, to make another Thor movie and not a Patty Jenkins film (TM). That is, I hope she no more puts an overtly “woman’s touch” on this movie than Branagh put overtly Shakespearean influences in the first (which, in my opinion, he didn’t). (In case I’m being unclear: Whatshisname put nipples on the Batsuit. No nipples on Thor’s armor or any other kinds of shenanigans to put “your unique stamp” on the franchise, please.)

  • Mr. Effing Tea Party

    When will Hollywood stop celebrating these false gods? I don’t like it!

    • swthompson

      Oh… You mean like J Edgar Hoover?

      • Mr. Effing Tea Party

        Hoover was both equal parts a phenomenal FBI director AND a tenacious vacuum cleaner. We’d be so lucky to have another of his kind walking this Earth.

  • John

    How about the Stone-men of Saturn?

  • Caleigh

    So down with this! Especially if she applies some of the tones of her darker work to the story, I like my Thor stories with a little blood and drama.

  • help

    just wondering why they don’t stick with the original director since the first film was successful. not just talking about thor but other franchises too. hope someone explains this to me.

    • Mr. Effing Tea Party

      Because the original director was caught with an underage muslin.

      • Trace

        We was sleeping with a loosely woven cotton fabric? I do that all the time!! It’s my favorite blankee.

      • Mr. Effing Tea Party

        Well not everybody was meant to go to Heaven.

    • Brett

      Branagh didn’t want to come back for a sequel.

      • Mr. Effing Tea Party

        Because he wanted to spend more time with his underage muslin!

    • KCVKC

      Because Marvel wanted to rush the sequel into production and he had other plans that wouldn’t fit into it.

    • Sunny

      This looks by far to be the best Marvel movie yet. I was quite impressed by this short tesear. I can only imagine what the Avengers will look like once it comes to completion.

  • James Howlett

    They should get Guillermo del Toro to direct it.

    • KCVKC

      They want it in 2013, not 2023.

    • Rosamaria

      Di tutte le interviste e oerfencnze stampa che ho letto finora, riferite a cinecomic, questa e8 la pif9 bella e convincente. Branagh coglie meglio di qualsiasi altro regista, il significato del persoanggio e l’essenza di un mondo, ed e8 la prima volta mi pare, ed offre una splendente visione d’insieme, dove ogni elemento scorre’ naturalmente ed e8 in totale sincronia con tutti gli altri. Spero di confermare questa sensazione dopo aver visto il film.In parte ha beneficiato, seppur indirettamente, dell’esperienza degli altri cinefumettari che lo hanno preceduto, e tenuto in conto gli errori commessi.E da quello che capisco, forse ci voleva proprio un regista vero, a 360b0( cinema, teatro, recitazione ) per trattare questo tipo di progetti.Esperto del mestiere, colto ed artistico, ma non elitario, e sufficientemente distante dalla materia, e soprattutto dal modo solito dei cineasti hollywoodiani di blockbuster, videoclip e tecnofilm in genere

  • bam bam

    ….because “Monster” was such an impressive comic book super hero movie???
    makes even less sense than Branagh directing “Thor #1.”
    the first one was so uninspiring and rote I can’t believe they’re even bothering with a sequel.

    • Flip

      You’re a dumbass. Thor was the best comic book movie in ages.

      • Johny

        I saw the film yesterday, and have to say I tglhourhoy enjoyed it! Yes, of *course* Marvel (and Branagh) are a million light years away from the Lore and the myths, but they are a Hollywood film company setting out to shift box office tickets – which I think this film will do. Yes, they concentrate exclusively on ‘action’ elements, but it’s an action movie they have set out to make. What *did* come through for me, though, was the code of honour, the ‘chivalry’ (wrong word, I know!) shown by Thor in particular towards humans, and the loyalty shown by the Norse Gods towards one another. I don’t think it was a bad job all things considered, and I certainly didn’t go expecting to receive an exposition of the myths. Good harmless fun, I would suggest, and more importantly, it’s possible that a few people (older children?) may decide they want to look closer at the myths themselves…which would be a good thing, would it not?

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  • Benjamin L.

    Roger Ebert would love that.

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