‘Thor 2’ Lines Up a ‘Monster’ of a Director

Patty Jenkins becomes an unexpected front runner for Kenneth Branagh's vacant director's seat.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Despite a short list of names that supposedly include Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), thus far Marvel Studios only seems to be in talks with television directors for Thor 2. First came Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk, who apparently turned the project down during negotiations, now comes Patty Jenkins, who directed the pilot for AMC's acclaimed series The Killing. But Jenkins is most certainly best known for her debut feature Monster, which earned Charlize Theron (and not, as some people think, her makeup) a richly deserved Best Actress nomination. Maybe Jenkins can get Charlize to come back and play The Enchantress, who knows?

Variety reported that Jenkins is still in the "in talks" phase, and it's worth nothing that if she gets the gig Jenkins would be the first female director to get a big, big superhero movie under her command (female directors being in short supply in Hollywood either way). But we're more interested in the fact that her work thus far has been almost entirely character driven, without any of the epic qualities or action sequences we'd come to expect from someone directing a movie about Norse gods hitting giant beasts with hammers. We're not worried about that – 2nd Unit's probably going to handle most of that anyway – so we'll just remark upon Marvel's impressive choice to once again put character first.

That said, none of us at the Film Channel have seen The Killing yet. To those of you who have, or at least seen Jenkins' pilot episode, what do you think? Has she got the chops?

CraveOnline will be back with more Thor 2 news after we apply some ointment. We're feeling a little "Thor" lately.