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Patty Jenkins Directing Thor 2, Will Become Marvel Studios’ First Female Director


After a bit of speculation, Marvel Studios has made it official: Patty Jenkins has been confirmed to be the director of Thor 2, making her the first woman to direct a movie for the studio. Jenkins has a powerful body of work already, having directed the Aileen Wuornos docudrama Monster, which won Charlize Theron an Oscar. However, this will be the first big-budget outing for Jenkins, making this a big step for female directors.

Most recently, Jenkins was nominated for an Emmy for directing the pilot episode of AMC‘s The Killing and directed one of the five segments in Lifetime‘s breast cancer vignette, Five, which aired this past Monday. Her work ranges from suspenseful to mainstream to quirky — she’s also directed episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development. In a nutshell, this is a very well-rounded woman.

Jenkins fills the void left by Kenneth Branagh, who directed Thor earlier this year. While it was undeniably a box office success, it was considered to be a pretty mediocre film, and some were surprised to see it get a sequel. But stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Natalie Portman will all be returning, which is set to arrive in theaters November 13, 2013 (moved from its original July release date to make room for Disney‘s Lone Ranger).

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Anonymous

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VW5R4PMNJYNTLTHVW6RGJE6UOE Adriana

    I know! This makes me so happy XD

  • http://breki.se Breki Tomasson

    Really? Is everybody forgetting Punisher: War Zone? That was directed by a woman.

  • Anonymous

    War Zone was produced by Lionsgate, not Marvel Studios. The creation of Marvel Studios’ represented Marvel making a genuine commitment to how their properties are interpreted in cinema, arguably the biggest commitment that a superhero comics company has ever made (by creating and stewarding an actual continuity between movies, culminating in The Avengers). 

    It’s rewarding to note who Marvel trusts to make additions to their precarious and incredibly expensive gamble. 

  • http://breki.se Breki Tomasson

    According to http://www.imdb.com/company/co0051941/ we can see that Punisher:War Zone was produced “in association with” Marvel Studios. So sure, it wasn’t one of their own titles, but it was definitely overseen by them. By your argument, one could argue that Thor was made by Paramount Pictures.

  • Anonymous

    But the part of my argument about the particular structure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the care that Marvel knows it needs, stands. War Zone is not a cornerstone of that universe, neither is Spiderman 3 or the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, two movies that were made fully under Marvel Studios (prior to 2008 when the company started setting up for the Avengers in earnest). 

    Compare to The Incredible Hulk, made in the same year at the genesis of Marvel Studios getting serious about the Avengers, got similarly bad reviews, but also got a Robert Downey, Junior cameo to confirm that it was part of the continuity. 

  • Life Lessons

    YAY!!! And I really liked Thor. I am glad for a sequel and I am glad Jane will be back!!! :) I hope Darcy comes back too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    “it was considered to be a pretty mediocre film”

    What’s this? 77% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.7/10 is mediocre? That’s barely below Captain America, and above Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk.

    As for Patty, much as I loved Monster, there’s nothing in her filmography that particularly seems to qualify her for an action movie. Then again, Zathura didn’t exactly inspire confidence in Jon Favreau’s directing skills.

  • http://twitter.com/LizzieFord329 Caitlin

    I actually think that Thor was on the same level as Iron Man.  It was fantastic.  The main reason people are saying that it was mediocre is probably because it wasn’t all action action fighting action.  Of course not, and a superhero movie doesn’t have to be that in order to be good people!  Thor is more complex because not only do you have the superhero dynamics, you also have the familial dynamics that need to be addressed and the Norse mythology.  Branagh did a fantastic job with the first one and I’m very upset that he won’t be back for the second one.