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Recently it was reported that director Patty Jenkins ('Monster') had left Marvel's 'Thor 2' over "creative differences." The preliminary reports made it seem as if the decision was entirely hers, but now it appears that may not have been the case. Sources close to the film are now indicating that Jenkins was actually fired without warning; something not sitting well with the film's co-star Natalie Portman ('Black Swan,' 'Thor'). Portman has been voicing her outrage over Jenkins dismissal, which bugs her especially as she was the one who encouraged the studio to hire Jenkins. In fact, Portman had evidently been toying with the idea of taking a leave from acting for a while and only agreed to be in the superhero sequel because the studio agreed to hire Jenkins. Marvel is hoping to smooth things over by including Portman in the search for Jenkins' replacement. No word on how Portman feels about Marvel's top prospects Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor. So why was Jenkins fired? There seems to be nothing but speculation at this point, but the prevailing issue seems to be that Marvel was concerned that she would not finish the film on time. Despite Portman's ire, she is contractually obligated to remain on the film so it is unlikely that this situation will lead to her departure.
'Thor 2' is beginning to seem like a deeply troubled production, something that never bodes well for a film's quality. It's distressing to hear that Jenkins was fired and did not actually quit, and the idea that the studio will now grudgingly allow an actor to be involved in the hiring process for a replacement is less than encouraging. It's also difficult to understand how the studio had any inkling that Jenkins would not be able to finish the movie on time when the script isn't even ready yet; the studio called for a rewrite of Don Payne's original screenplay that has yet to surface. One thing that bothers me about this story, and the overall coverage of the 'Thor 2' situation, is that these news outlets keep insinuating that Jenkins would have been the first woman to helm a superhero film. This is apparently a major reason for Portman's displeasure over Jenkins' firing. Everyone seems to keep forgetting that 2008's 'Punisher: War Zone' was directed by a woman: Lexi Alexander. The quality of 'P:WZ' notwithstanding, I can't figure out why the fact that a woman has already directed a superhero film, a Marvel one at that, is being ignored. In any event, 'Thor 2' seems to be navigating some rather stormy weather.
As of right now, 'Thor 2' is scheduled to be released in November of 2013