Kenneth Branagh recently explained why he didn’t return to the Thor franchise and direct The Dark World.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the first Thor was the third film to come from Marvel Studios. Like many Marvel Studios films at the time, Branagh didn’t return for its sequel with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins originally signed on to direct the project. Jenkins later left the Thor sequel over creative differences and was replaced by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor.
Many consider Thor: The Dark World as a low point of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Thor eventually evolved once Taika Waititi got involved with a fourth film for the God of Thunder on the way. In a recent interview with Collider, Kenneth Branagh opened up about why he never came back to direct Thor: The Dark World:
“The way things work, there was a version of events where… sometimes with these stories I like to plan them as trilogies, but it’s much harder in this world for that to work out because the stakes are so high you’ve gotta really see how the first one does. When the first one was finished, essentially it had been three fantastic years of my life, but I needed to recharge on something else. I was too close to the glass on that one, so I would definitely never say never again because it changed my life and changed my career and I’m profoundly grateful for it. I wasn’t ready to go straight into another one, but I like the idea of… I’d love to be planning something that was a three-parter in movie terms. That hasn’t come along yet but maybe it will.”
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Full details on the plot for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder are currently under wraps, though the film will be partly based on Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor comic book run, in which Jane Foster becomes the new Thor. Directed by Taika Waititi from a script he co-wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the film will star Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released on February 11, 2022. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!