Kenneth Branagh Reveals Why He’s Not Returning To Helm THOR 2 For Marvel Studios

“It was simply timing,” he told Moviefone in a recent interview when quizzed about his decision not to direct the sequel to the hit movie released earlier this year. “I loved doing the movie, I’d love to do another movie for Marvel, and it was just timing. 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.” Of course, after the success of THOR, Marvel Studios are understandably keen to move ahead with another instalment in the franchise, and the sequel will hit the big screen in the Winter of 2013.

Kenneth Branagh has now been replaced by Monster‘s Patty Jenkins, and he had only positive things to say about his replacement. “I, along with a lot of other people, are very excited about the appointment of Patty Jenkins. I think that’s a great choice to direct the movie,” he said. “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.”

While it’s definitely a shame that Branagh won’t be back for THOR 2, it’s good to know that he ended things with Marvel Studios amicably and we can only hope that he’ll helm another comic book movie for them in future. Sound off with your thoughts on the director’s comments in the usual place.