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***UPDATE: Patty Jenkins has been officially confirmed as the director of Thor 2, according to Deadline.
Thor will be the first Marvel superhero to test his mettle in the holiday season; Thor 2 has just been moved to November 15, 2013. Disney likely did not want to overload its Summer 2013 slate due to the recent move of its once-troubled Lone Ranger to May 31, 2013, a film originally scheduled for December 2012.
Thor 2 has been searching for a director, with the latest news that Patty Jenkins (Monster) was in talks to take the reigns of the God of Thunder’s story. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed as much to Entertaiment Weekly a few weeks back, but no official announcement has been made. Feige did have this to say about the film:
“(Thor 2 will) primarily be the journey of that character, of (Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father (Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins) is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.”
The November move shows Disney feels good enough about the film to make it a focal point of the holidays, as this has been the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” films’ weekend of choice in the past. If Thor 2 does unusually well in this spot, more superheroes could find themselves bypassing the summer.
On July 26, 2013, Thor 2‘s original release date, Disney has made plans to debut its Phineas and Ferb movie based on the popular kids cartoon.