‘Thor 2’: Chris Hemsworth sad to see Kenneth Branagh go

July 27, 2011 | 8:27 p.m.
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Chris Hemsworth in "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios)

“Thor” director Kenneth Branagh is walking away from Asgard, and no one is sadder than star Chris Hemsworth.

“I’m really disappointed,” Hemsworth said of Branagh’s decision to pass on “Thor 2,” which is aiming for a July 2013 release and may begin filming next May. “Ken built that character, and everything I know about the Thor world I learned while shoulder-to-shoulder with Ken. I learned so much from him.”

By all reports, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige invited Branagh back to follow up his success of “Thor,” the May 6 release that has grossed $447 million in worldwide box office. The 50-year-old filmmaker seemed energized by the prospects of a sequel too, both in private and in public. In the end, though, the marathon devotion required for a major visual-effects epic and the urgency to get the script process underway were the factors that sent Branagh in a different direction. Instead of crossing the Rainbow Bridge again, Branagh will be busy as the returning star of the acclaimed British television series “Wallander” and with his ramping work with a theater group in his native Belfast.

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Anthony Hopkins and Kenneth Branagh on the set of "Thor." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Hemsworth, who visited Comic-Con International in San Diego this last weekend to promote “Snow White and the Huntsman,” said Marvel Studios will decide fairly soon on Branagh’s replacement. The 27-year-old actor has said the Oscar-nominated Branagh was initially intimidating and ultimately inspiring  to work with, and that he has left a mark that will carry forward on the franchise.

“As long as he’s happy, that’s the thing,” said Hemsworth, who left San Diego to return to the New Mexico set of “The Avengers.” “I learned so much from Ken while we built [the first film], so at least I had that time with someone like that. The start of anything creative is the most important period in a way. That’s when the most can go wrong, and Ken made sure we got it right.”

— Geoff Boucher


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10 Responses to ‘Thor 2’: Chris Hemsworth sad to see Kenneth Branagh go

  1. Chris Broderick says:

    Disappointment about Branagh not doing the sequel but understandable given he spent what, two years plus on Thor? So who will Marvel turn to? Doubtful they can get a Ridley Scott or Kathryn Bigelow, but how about Tom Hooper, JJ Abrams, Andrew Davis, Duncan Jones, Frank Darabont, Neil Marshall, F. Gary Gray?

  2. Laer Carroll says:

    Kathryn Bigelow! I'd like to see her really stretch out into the superhero world.. Her bomb-handler movie had me sitting on the edge of my seat all the way through.

  3. Lookyhere says:

    It's all about the money. Marvel studios don't give any piece of the franchise to the directors. That's why John Favreau walked away from Iron man and Avengers.

  4. Bob Jones says:

    what about Peter Jackson ?

  5. superfreak says:

    Sigh. So Sad Ken left. I hope they get someone great, since I have zero confidence on the head-writer (Don Payne).

  6. Jon says:

    What happen to the making of Black Panther movie and his introduction into the Advengers

  7. Tim says:

    The ruination of sequels is not staying with the same crew as with the first movie. Compare movies w/ sequels with the same people to those that changed their people. Rating and financially speaking, it's like day and night. Unless it leads up to a change why change it ? Anytime you make these type of changes you also change the quality. As for Thor, I THORoughly enjoyed it. I just hope I'll feel the same way for the next sequel or sequels. Don't mess up a good thing.

  8. be4rnard says:

    yea this is soooooooooo boring i cant believe u nerds actually like this what you get wedged to much so u fake like your a superhero lame the only super hero movie the cool kids like is the avengers other that that no other superhero movie take this advice from the coolest guy in his school punks.

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