Kenneth Branagh opted out of directing the sequel to his popular Marvel Comics movie Thor due to the studio demanding that it go into production sooner than he felt he would be ready to start working on it. One actor from the movie stated yesterday that he is disappointed with the movie franchise continuing on without the director.
“I’m really disappointed,” Chris Hemsworth said. “Ken built that character, and everything I know about the Thor world I learned while shoulder-to-shoulder with Ken. I learned so much from him.”
Of course, Chris Hemsworth is Thor and will be seen next in The Avengers team-up movie.
“I learned so much from Ken while we built [the first film], so at least I had that time with someone like that,” Hemsworth continued. “The start of anything creative is the most important period in a way. That’s when the most can go wrong, and Ken made sure we got it right.”
The loss of Hemsworth will be a big blow to the franchise because it was his skills at building the mythological Shakespearian world that made Thor so interesting and different from the other movies in the Marvel series. Marvel has to hope that whoever they bring in to replace him will keep that aspect of the film intact.
Kenneth Branagh is the second big name director to leave the Marvel franchises, following Jon Favreau who left Iron Man to take on Cowboys & Aliens.
Marvel wants to have Thor 2 in theaters in July 2013, two months after Iron Man 3, which will be directed by Shane Black.
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