Apparently Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones”) isn’t a lock for the Thor 2 directing gig. In fact, he’s so far from a lock Deadline‘s latest post saying Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s “The Killing”) is now the front-runner doesn’t even mention Kirk.
As for the news, this is great if you ask me, and yes I am going to play the gender card. Giving more high profile directing gigs to female directors is something Hollywood needs to do and if this decision ends up being made it will be the second unique name attached to the Thor franchise after the unlikely attachment of Kenneth Branagh for the first film. Marvel is certainly thinking outside the box, and this new way of thinking could prove to blow the box wide open in the future.
Thor 2 is currently set for a July 26, 2013 release, two years after the original hit the big screen and one year after The Avengers hits theaters on May 4, 2012. It will also be one of two Marvel franchise properties hitting theaters in 2013 with Iron Man 3 arriving on May 3, 2013 directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr.
And speaking of superhero release dates, The Playlist caught up with Captain America: The First Avenger star Chris Evans, he’s starring in Puncture which opens this weekend, and he said, “They may wait until 2014 until they release the next Cap… Marvel has a lot of balls in the air. They aren’t going to cannibalize their films.”
Expectation would be for it to be slotted in one of Marvel’s already planned 2014 release dates, May 16 or June 27. This would only make sense with everything I just said and who knows, by that time Jeremy Renner could have his own Hawkeye movie, Scarlett Johansson could have a Black Widow movie, or, heaven forbid, they take another stab at an Incredible Hulk movie with Avengers star Mark Ruffalo. What would you think of that?