Rumor: Marvel Studios Is Re-Courting Kenneth Branagh For Thor: Ragnarok


Via one of Popcorn Talk’s Marvel Movie News segments, there’s buzz around Hollywood that Marvel Studios wants to reattain the directing talents of Kenneth Branagh — the man responsible for Thor (2011).

El Myambi, a.k.a. Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood, dropped that little tidbit when he appeared on the vodcast:

"I was hearing that Marvel wanted Kenneth Branagh back for Thor 3. But, he just got an offer to direct Murder on the Orient Express at Fox. So, I don’t know if it is going to happen or not. They’re thinking about bringing him back into the fold."

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Thor opened in North America on May 6, 2011 with $25.5 million.  It went on to earn a domestic total of $268.3 million with a worldwide total of $449.3 million.  It was the tenth highest-grossing film of 2011 in North America.  Thor: The Dark World opened in North America on November 7, 2013 with $31.9 million.  It went on to earn a domestic total of $206.4 million with a worldwide total of $644.8 million.  Though the sequel was certainly a box-office success, critics and audiences felt that it was one of the weaker installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thor: Ragnarok has a projected release date of November 3, 2017.  Produced by Kevin Feige, the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 film has already secured the writing talents of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost.  The only confirmed cast members, so far, are Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

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