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Rumor: Marvel may want Kenneth Branagh to direct Thor: Ragnarok

06.19.2015

Take this with a grain of salt, but Marvel Studios may be doing the unthinkable: returning to a filmmaker from one of their movies that they ditched for a new, hot, cheaper filmmaker on the sequel. While that may be a bit over-dramatic, there is a rumor floating that Kenneth Branagh may return to the MCU to direct THOR: RAGNAROK.

According to Heroic Hollywood's Umberto Gonzalez on Popcorn Talk, Marvel Studios may be turning to Branagh since he is familiar with the THOR franchise and they are without a director for the third entry in the Asgardian trilogy, but it may not be so simple.

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.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS news came down earlier this week and would definitely fit into Kenneth Branagh's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Disney has a good relationship with him after the box office success of CINDERELLA, so there could be a way to bring him back but likely at a much higher salary than he had on THOR.

I have found both THOR films to be overrated and underwhelming. The scope for THOR: RAGNAROK, as indicated by the title alone, may be bigger than Branagh can handle as we saw his eye for action didn't quite gel with JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT. It would make sense for Marvel to bring him back, I just don't know if they actually will.

THOR: RAGNAROK is slated to open on November 3, 2017.

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2:42AM on 06/20/2015

There must be something wrong with me...

I really enjoyed the Thor movies
I really enjoyed the Thor movies
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1:09AM on 06/20/2015

Look, i like Branagh

But I also liked the idea of a director from Game of Thrones directing Thor. But that didn't go perfectly.

I say we go with a new choice. Branagh brought the great shakespearian mythos to us. Alan Taylor brought us some fun realm fighting. I want a 3rd director to bring what Thor 3 needs, whatever that will be.
But I also liked the idea of a director from Game of Thrones directing Thor. But that didn't go perfectly.

I say we go with a new choice. Branagh brought the great shakespearian mythos to us. Alan Taylor brought us some fun realm fighting. I want a 3rd director to bring what Thor 3 needs, whatever that will be.
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11:59PM on 06/19/2015
I say James Mangold for the director, if not Doug Liman isn't a bad choice either.
I say James Mangold for the director, if not Doug Liman isn't a bad choice either.
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10:24PM on 06/19/2015
Thor was a solid flick with great direction... the 2nd Thor was the worst of the Marvel Universe so far... not terrible just not great (and that got the director to direct this new Terminator movie.. another reason im not psyched about it!)

I dont know comics, so im not sure where Ragnarok would go... but hopefully it can bring back more humor from the 1st
Thor was a solid flick with great direction... the 2nd Thor was the worst of the Marvel Universe so far... not terrible just not great (and that got the director to direct this new Terminator movie.. another reason im not psyched about it!)

I dont know comics, so im not sure where Ragnarok would go... but hopefully it can bring back more humor from the 1st
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4:51PM on 06/21/2015
Thor The Dark world was better than Iron Man 2.
Thor The Dark world was better than Iron Man 2.
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8:34PM on 06/19/2015
I actually enjoyed TDW. Yes, it had flaws but then that's not any different to most of the MCU movies. I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more than the first entry and the First Avenger. Whilst Avengers was a fun movie and the one that bought it all together it was broadly inline with most of the movies Marvel have given us thus far. Only Winter Soldier has knocked it out of the park for me...whilst the Incredible Hulk is the most underrated MCU offering of them all :o)
I actually enjoyed TDW. Yes, it had flaws but then that's not any different to most of the MCU movies. I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more than the first entry and the First Avenger. Whilst Avengers was a fun movie and the one that bought it all together it was broadly inline with most of the movies Marvel have given us thus far. Only Winter Soldier has knocked it out of the park for me...whilst the Incredible Hulk is the most underrated MCU offering of them all :o)
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8:24PM on 06/19/2015
I agree that the Thor movies are the weakest & I can't even remember the plot of the last one. Thor was even very underused in Age of Ultron, felt like he was barely in it & when his best scene was from the party & they are trying to lift the hammer, something doesn't add up. Maybe bringing Branagh is for the best, but Marvel should have secured him well before since he has other films on his agenda.
I agree that the Thor movies are the weakest & I can't even remember the plot of the last one. Thor was even very underused in Age of Ultron, felt like he was barely in it & when his best scene was from the party & they are trying to lift the hammer, something doesn't add up. Maybe bringing Branagh is for the best, but Marvel should have secured him well before since he has other films on his agenda.
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8:04PM on 06/19/2015
The Thor films were the weakest of the MCU, but Thor was better than Thor TDW. Even though both films were weak, I credit Branagh with the stylization of Thor's character and his world. For a character that could easily have come off very campy and ridiculous, he brought him to life in a way that worked. Story could have been better but it was good enough to be a big summer blockbuster. What they need is a good screenwriter.
The Thor films were the weakest of the MCU, but Thor was better than Thor TDW. Even though both films were weak, I credit Branagh with the stylization of Thor's character and his world. For a character that could easily have come off very campy and ridiculous, he brought him to life in a way that worked. Story could have been better but it was good enough to be a big summer blockbuster. What they need is a good screenwriter.
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8:01PM on 06/19/2015
Do we really need Thor 3? Like, is anyone really highly excited about it, or are we just accepting it as another step in Marvel's plan? It would be nice to get some closure between Thor and Loki, but I fear this will just be a movie mostly setting up the final Avengers film. Thor 1 was better than the sequel, so I won't complain if Branagh comes back.
Do we really need Thor 3? Like, is anyone really highly excited about it, or are we just accepting it as another step in Marvel's plan? It would be nice to get some closure between Thor and Loki, but I fear this will just be a movie mostly setting up the final Avengers film. Thor 1 was better than the sequel, so I won't complain if Branagh comes back.
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12:06AM on 06/20/2015
The read I get on this is that Thor:Ragnarok is central to leading the MCU into Infinity War. But no, I'm with you in thinking that in a vacuum Thor 3 is totally unnecessary. He has been a much better character in the Avengers films.
The read I get on this is that Thor:Ragnarok is central to leading the MCU into Infinity War. But no, I'm with you in thinking that in a vacuum Thor 3 is totally unnecessary. He has been a much better character in the Avengers films.
7:56PM on 06/19/2015
I'm even on this. On one side I disagree with many that the 1st Thor was weak, I liked it. That being said Branagh's eye for action really isn't there. The 2nd Thor was pretty bad imo, not the worst in the MCU (That belongs to IM3 followed by IM2), but still pretty bad. So it might be nice to see him back but I worry for the action aspect.
I'm even on this. On one side I disagree with many that the 1st Thor was weak, I liked it. That being said Branagh's eye for action really isn't there. The 2nd Thor was pretty bad imo, not the worst in the MCU (That belongs to IM3 followed by IM2), but still pretty bad. So it might be nice to see him back but I worry for the action aspect.
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6:57PM on 06/19/2015
First thor film is the weakest film in the MCU, by far!. Masterdebator88 said it all already. The second film was much much better so no Brannagh please.
First thor film is the weakest film in the MCU, by far!. Masterdebator88 said it all already. The second film was much much better so no Brannagh please.
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6:19PM on 06/19/2015
I think KB did rather a good job with such a weak script
Hopefully he will have a lot more to play with this time around.
I think KB did rather a good job with such a weak script
Hopefully he will have a lot more to play with this time around.
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6:02PM on 06/19/2015

Why not?

There seems to be a wave of revisionism happening with Thor 2. Initially consensus was that it was the worst Marvel film to date (with the possible exception of Iron Man 2). Now, in light of its interconnections with the larger MCU, people seem to be less critical of it. I, for one, thought it was terrible. It was predictable and generic. Christopher Eccleston is an amazing actor but he had nothing to do as the central villain.

I would be ok with Branagh's return. He brought a Shakespearean
There seems to be a wave of revisionism happening with Thor 2. Initially consensus was that it was the worst Marvel film to date (with the possible exception of Iron Man 2). Now, in light of its interconnections with the larger MCU, people seem to be less critical of it. I, for one, thought it was terrible. It was predictable and generic. Christopher Eccleston is an amazing actor but he had nothing to do as the central villain.

I would be ok with Branagh's return. He brought a Shakespearean flare to the first film that improved the material and brought the actors to life. The first Thor wasn't all that great either, but it was better than Dark World.
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6:00PM on 06/19/2015
Hmmm. The Thor movies have been some of the weekest in the MCU for me. Would prefer someone new.
Hmmm. The Thor movies have been some of the weekest in the MCU for me. Would prefer someone new.
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5:52PM on 06/19/2015
I would be excited if Marvel brought him back since the original Thor was much better than The Dark World. But if this deals falls through and it doesn't happen, then I just hope whoever is brought in to helm the last Thor film can deliver the goods considering that out of all of the solo Avenger films, Thor's has been the weakest. I want this new film to realize his full potential and to have him battle a foe that is worthy of his might and strength.
I would be excited if Marvel brought him back since the original Thor was much better than The Dark World. But if this deals falls through and it doesn't happen, then I just hope whoever is brought in to helm the last Thor film can deliver the goods considering that out of all of the solo Avenger films, Thor's has been the weakest. I want this new film to realize his full potential and to have him battle a foe that is worthy of his might and strength.
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5:48PM on 06/19/2015

Kenneth Branagh didn't really bring much to Thor...

He is a great Shakespearean talent, but honestly outside of adopting Shakespeare into films, he hasn't done much that was good. Thor (the first movie) was really kind of shitty. It was easily the most bland of the original Marvel movies. The destroyer was just another generic robot enemy and Loki wasn't fun until Avengers.
He is a great Shakespearean talent, but honestly outside of adopting Shakespeare into films, he hasn't done much that was good. Thor (the first movie) was really kind of shitty. It was easily the most bland of the original Marvel movies. The destroyer was just another generic robot enemy and Loki wasn't fun until Avengers.
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