Kenneth Branagh Not Against Returning to Direct a Future Marvel Movie
11.30.11 by Ryan
Actor-director Kenneth Branagh was initially a curious choice to direct Marvel Entertainment's big-budget adaptation of Thor, but after making the movie one of the biggest comic book movie hits of the summer, it was surprising that Branagh decided not to return for Thor 2. Even lead actor Chris Hemsworth admitted that he was "really disappointed" with Branagh's choice not to return, though Branagh later explained that his decision was "simply timing."
In a recent interview with Variety, Branagh explained why he decided to direct Thor in the first place.
I have been led by my passion for individual projects, but there's no question that having put my heart, body and soul into [previous directorial efforts] As You Like It, The Magic Flute and Sleuth, and finding that the world wasn't that interested, there was definitely a sense with Thor that this time I'd like to put heart, body and soul into a movie people would want to go and see.
Branagh said he was also intrigued to make a huge visual effects movie and admitted that he wanted to approach Thor with "a sense of fun, but also to take the process of making it as seriously as I would doing Shakespeare." It helped that Branagh was familiar with the comic book.
Of all the American comics, Thor was the only one I was really familiar with from my childhood, and it intrigued me, maybe because it was a bit more European, with those Viking helmets and its basis in Norse myth. The scale was exciting, and I did love the character and the story. It had depth and gravity in addition to being an entertaining ride.
Branagh's exit from Thor 2 was reportedly "mutual and amicable", something that Branagh maintained when he admitted he could direct for Marvel at some point in the future.
I certainly wouldn't rule out a return to Marvel; we had an excellent collaboration.
In the meantime, Branagh is shooting the third season of his BBC detective show Wallander and is weighing potential directing projects. "I’d be happy to do another action picture," Branagh recently told The Telegraph. "And I’m developing a few films, but nothing’s ready to go yet. I’ve just been allowing myself to go with the flow."
Branagh can be currently seen playing Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn.