<i>Thor 2</i> Director Patty Jenkins Gets Thumbs Up from Kenneth Branagh

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.

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