When word first got out that Patty Jenkins would be succeeding director Kenneth Branagh on Marvel’s Thor sequel, many people were skeptical. Much like her predecessor, Jenkins’ previous directing gigs — Monster, Arrested Development and Entourage, among others — didn’t exactly scream “big-budget comic book movie candidate!” But Branagh tells MovieFone Jenkins earns his seal of approval.
“I, along with a lot of other people, are very excited about the appointment of Patty Jenkins,” he said. “I think that’s a great choice to direct the movie. I know that Kevin Feige and all the people I worked very closely with, who were absolutely parts of the creation of that movie, are keen to produce a great second picture. So it was the right decision for me and for them and I am really looking forward to see how the second one develops.”
But why did Branagh, whose Thor grossed more than $181 million domestically, pass on the sequel? It was just a matter of timing, he said.
“The requirement for me was just to get back in the saddle so swiftly that it wasn’t really feasible, but it was a decision [Marvel] understood,” Branagh said. He also explained that he’d love to come back for another Marvel movie some time in the future. That’s a possibility most movie fans will have no problem getting behind.
Thor 2, which is being written by Don Payne, opens Nov. 15, 2012.