Thor 2 to be first Marvel movie directed by a woman

The sequel to blockbuster Thor will have a woman at the helm of the film. Marvel Studios has announced that Patty Jenkins will take up the mantle left behind by the first film’s director, Kenneth Branagh. Jenkins is best known for her directorial work with Monster, as well as directing the pilot episode of AMC’s The Killing.

It has also been announced that Thor 2 will open outside of the typical movie season, and will also be the first Marvel movie to do so. The release date has been moved from summer, 2013 to November, 2013.

Both Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are said to be returning to their roles from the first film, as well.

Having loved the first movie myself, I think this sounds like a very good move. Thor was a superhero movie that did not feel like any other superhero movie. I personally believe that to had everything to do with choosing Branagh as a director and I think Jenkins will be able to carry out that legacy in the second film.

6 thoughts on “Thor 2 to be first Marvel movie directed by a woman

  • April 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    “first female director of a marvel movie?”  -meaningless milestone. 

    It is 2012,  a female director has won the oscar, women earn more money than men, go to college more than men and vote more than men.  Can we finally start judging people on the quality of their work instead of celebrated “the first woman to ________?”  

    • April 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      And yet, no woman has yet directed a comic book movie. Mostly, I think, because we still live in a society where women supposedly don’t read or are interested in comics. But there are still a serious lack of women directors in mainstream cinema (which is now where the comic book movie lies). 

      Of course, there was a falling out and Patty Jenkins was fired and the new director is a man.

      • April 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        So what?  In the grand scheme of things what difference could it possible make whether or not a woman has directed a comic movie?  Are you saying that having a female comic book movie director somehow makes the world a better place?  Not everything that men do is desirable anyways.

        As I said above, women now make more money than men, they go to to college more than men, they have higher employment levels than men.  It is no longer reasonable to set a goal of being a woman who does something, just because men have done that thing and women have not.

        • April 9, 2012 at 7:23 am

          I’m not sure what country you live in, but women still, on average, earn less than men in the United States. I suggest you look up the statistics. Women are also being harassed regularly in the military and in video gaming and are, in general, still treated in many situations as second class citizens. 

          Having seen sexual harassment myself personally and having been one of those lesser-paid women, I can attest that we still have a long way to go before we are seen, by society, as worthy of jobs that have been predominantly dominated by men.So when a woman achieves something that no woman has achieved before, it is to be celebrated. I’m sorry you don’t see that.

        • April 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

          What’s the harm in celebrating something that hasn’t been seen before?  Does it harm you to celebrate that there’s a woman directing a movie based on a comic book?  If the answer is no, why does it bother you that someone else has decided to celebrate it?  You’re right, in the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn’t make a difference.  So why does it matter that Robin chooses to celebrate the accomplishments women have made in this genre?

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