Marvel Interested in Branagh for “Thor: Ragnarok” Director

After the success of 2008’s “Iron Man” resurrected Hollywood’s interest in comic book projects, Marvel Studios dashed to create “Phase 1″ of the MCU. Fans like Brad Reifler know that this led to a second film for Iron Man and solo films for Captain America, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk.

For its Thor film, Marvel bankrolled Kenneth Branagh to direct due to the comic book character’s propensity for speaking in Old English and Branagh’s admiration of Shakespeare’s work. When “Thor: The Dark World” was being developed, Marvel switched to using Alan Taylor, whom had more experience with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” television series. With Taylor’s discontinued involvement with Marvel Studios, Branagh may be returning to the director’s chair for “Thor: Ragnarok.”

While Marvel is interested in rehiring Branagh for their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Branagh has also been offered a shot at 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express. This could result in a scheduling conflict and force Marvel to look elsewhere to direct the Odinson’s third solo film.

Kevin Feige, production boss of Marvel Studios, has stated that events within “Ragnarok” will call for sweeping, massive action sequences that will irrevocably change the realm of Asgard. While “Thor” wasn’t a critical winner and Branagh failed to deliver with “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Branagh’s recent success with “Cinderella” and willingness to work with Marvel again favorably points toward Branagh’s return to directing Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian god of thunder.