Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kenneth Branagh: Fans Will Decide Whether ‘Thor’ Gets a Sequel

Thor hits U.S. screens this weekend, but as is usually the case with potential franchises, fans are already asking questions about the sequel. We know the God of Thunder will feature prominently in next summer’s Avengers team-up flick, but what about Thor 2? According to director Kenneth Branagh, it’s up to ticket-buying fans whether or not the hammer-wielding deity gets another solo outing.

“You know as well as I do, there’s a passionate fan base out there that will say what they think,” Branagh told MTV’s Splash Page. “People will vote with their feet. And because it’s such a big chunk of change for everybody involved, I think that’s going to have a crucial, crucial impact.”

He continued, “It would be a lovely challenge and problem to have should we do a second one.”

Judging by the early reviews and extremely positive word of mouth thus far from those passionate fans Branagh spoke of, a Thor sequel released post-Avengers is almost a given. However, with so many Marvel Studios projects on the horizon—including another Iron Man film, a Captain America sequel and potential Hawkeye and Black Widow spinoffs—one wonders if audiences will ever get bored of seeing superhero movies every summer. I certainly hope not.

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