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After netting an impressive $447 million worldwide, Marvel Films is intent to start staffing their next sequel 'Thor 2'. A variety of names have been tossed about for the follow-up to the successful superhero film, including Drew Goddard ('The Cabin in The Woods'), James McTiegue ('Ninja Assassin'), and Noam Murro ('300: The Battle of Artemisia'), but reports say that the studio has entered early negotiations with a surprising choice: 'Monster' writer/director Patty Jenkins. If negotiations go well, Jenkins - who recently wooed critics with her work on the pilot episode of ABC's mystery thriller 'The Killing' - would be the first female Marvel director and the choice would fall right in line with Marvel's tradition of hiring unconventional helmers for their summer blockbusters.
Jenkins has had a varied career in Hollywood, directing episodes of 'Arrested Development' and 'Entourage', so it's possible that she may have the chops to handle the multi-layered world of Thor's Asgard. Kenneth Branagh, director of the first film, managed to finely balance the mixture of humor, action and almost Shakespearean drama, leading to 'Thor' becoming a box office hit and storming it's way to the top of DVD sales and rental lists upon it's release. However, when asked to return for a second outing, Branagh politely declined, leaving Marvel with some pretty big boots to fill.
However, as unique as their choice of director is, Marvel may be taking a greater risk in it's choice of screenwriters. 'Thor' co-writer Don Payne has been given the greenlight to tackle the script for the anticipated sequel, effectively boxing out his previous co-writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. That may not seem like a big deal on paper, but let's run this down for you: Payne is responsible for films like 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer'. Miller and Stentz have worked for shows like 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' and 'Fringe', and Miller wrote a little film you may have seen called 'X-Men: First Class'. We ask you Spillios: out of those two choices, which one would you pick?