Disney Moves <i>Thor 2</i> Opening

Disney has moved the release of Thor 2 from July 26, 2013, to Nov. 15, 2013, in a calendar shuffle that makes room for the studio's big-budget Western The Lone Ranger. Phineas and Ferb now takes the sequel's original spot on the schedule.

Monster writer/director Patty Jenkins is in talks to helm the Marvel film, reportedly edging out such contenders as Breck Eisner, Drew Goddard, James McTeigue and Noam Murro. Don Payne, who co-wrote the first film as well as Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, is tackling the screenplay for the sequel,

Starring once again Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder, the film will, in the words of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, “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.”

Thor, which opened in May, has grossed $447 million worldwide.

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