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'Thor'“Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, was a big hit for Marvel and Disney this summer. Not surprisingly then, the studio is looking to copy the success of the first film with a sequel helmed by another gentlemen hailing from the British Isles and possessing more than a little experience with epic storytelling: Brian Kirk.

After a $447 million worldwide-box-office take, generated off a character nowhere near as mainstream as Spider-Man or even Iron Man, a “Thor 2” was somewhat of a foregone conclusion. But after Branagh decided not to return for the sequel, it was up in the air who would end up directing the flick.

Enter Irish director Brian Kirk, who showed, during his recent stint on “Game of Thrones,” an ability to wrangle numerous characters in period dress spouting deliciously overblown dialogue – something that should be a prerequisite for anyone working on a “Thor” movie. Kirk has also worked on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter” and “Luther,” so he’s even pals with Idris Elba already.

It’s not a done deal yet, but Variety is reporting that Kirk is currently at the top of a list that includes directors like Drew Goddard, James McTeigue, Noam Murro and Breck Eisner. Whoever directs will be working from a script by Don Payne, who has previous superhero experience on both the first “Thor” movie as well as “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”

What do you think about Kirk helming “Thor 2”? Has “Game of Thrones” prepared him to tackle the God of Thunder? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter!

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Chris Hemsworth"I'm really disappointed."

Chris Hemsworth summarizes the sadness we all feel about Kenneth Branagh's decision not to return for "Thor 2" in his recent interview with The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper caught up with the "Thor" at Comic-Con, and Hemsworth seemed legitimately upset about the fact he'd be taking the trip back to Asgard without his familiar director.

"Ken built that character, and everything I know about the Thor world I learned while shoulder-to-shoulder with Ken," Hemsworth said. "I learned so much from him."

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thorThor” will be available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Blu-ray 3-D on September 13, but you won’t just be bringing home the god of thunder when you buy it. It also promises a sneak peek of “The Avengers.”

IGN reported the news on the various things we can expect from these purchases. The “Thor” three-disc Ultimate Set has the DVD along with two versions of the Blu-ray: 2-D and 3-D. You can also buy a pack that has two discs: Blu-ray and DVD, with an additional digital copy.

Whatever set you get, there will be plenty of extras. There’s the aforementioned “Avengers” sneak peek, giving you a preview of what to expect in the Joss Whedon-directed film that stars so many of Marvel’s important characters, including Thor. Further details on “The Avengers” sneak peek have not yet been released.

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Each superhero movie coming out this summer has something special to offer, according to “X-Men: First Class” star Lucas Till. While sitting with fellow stars Zoë Kravitz and Rose Byrne, he was asked what separated “X-Men” from the other superhero movies we’ll soon be seeing.

“The question I wish you would ask me was, ‘How awesome does this summer look?’ Because you’ve got completely different things," till told MTV News. "You’ve got, like, with ‘Captain America,’ you got a 1940s pulp movie feel and I feel like that’s going to be its own separate thing and fun and entertaining. And then you got ‘Thor,’ which is like a cool ‘He-Man’ episode — which I was thoroughly surprised with.” Read More...

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ThorBy Ryan J. Downey

FROM MTV MOVIES: "Thor" held on to the top spot at the box office over the weekend while runner-up "Bridesmaids" surpassed industry expectations with an impressive $24.4 million debut, according to studio estimates.

Meanwhile, the new post-apocalyptic vampire film "Priest" floundered and a pair of indie flicks in limited release, "Everything Must Go" and "Hesher," posted up low per-screen averages.

Based on the Marvel Comics hero drawn from Norse mythology, "Thor" earned $34.5 million in its second weekend of release for a total take of $119.2 million. The action flick, starring Chris Hemsworth in the title role, helps set the stage for this summer's "The Avengers." It has earned $225 million worldwide.

Continue reading 'Thor' Hammers Out Another Winning Box Office Weekend at Movies.MTV.com.

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ThorIt’s been a long journey for Marvel Comics’ Thor from the four-color pages of his origin to the big screen, but what’s nearly 50 years to an immortal God of Thunder anyway?

This weekend, "Thor" hit theaters nationwide, and because it's part of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe, the comics that inspired it aren’t drawn upon just for passing references or surface similarities, but instead are woven throughout the film and form the basis of its story.

With that in mind, we took an in-depth, scene-by-scene look at the film, and examined exactly which classic stories played a role in making this latest comic book film epic. We've done the research so you don't have to, and you can consider this your unofficial guide to the source material that inspired Thor's big-screen debut.

Oh, and if you haven't seen the film yet, you might want to stop reading right now. This gets into MAJOR SPOILER TERRITORY. You've been warned! Read More...

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"Thor" called down the thunder this weekend, winning the box office with a $66 million haul and kicking off a summer movie season full of comics-friendly blockbusters. And while we don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't seen the film yet, it's about time to start looking ahead to future installments of Marvel's rapidly evolving cinematic universe.

When MTV News spoke to "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh, we asked him about Loki's open-ended finale in the film, and the recent news from Marvel that the character — and the actor who plays him, Tom Hiddleston — will be back in a big way for next year's superhero team-up event, "The Avengers."

"I've been so brainwashed by Marvel into never saying anything, or trying to obfuscate when it comes to the details of the plot, I almost don't believe it myself," joked Branagh about the official confirmation of Loki's return in "The Avengers." Read More...

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ThorBy Ryan J. Downey

FROM MTV MOVIES: The "god of thunder" stormed the box office over the weekend as comic book fans and other moviegoers rained $66 million upon theaters to see "Thor." The latest big-screen adaptation of a beloved Marvel Comics superhero, this one drawn from Norse mythology, kicked off the summer movie season as the #1 movie in America, according to studio estimates.

Alas, a pair of romantic comedies proved to be no match against Thor's power. "Jumping the Broom" opened at #3 with $13.7 million, while "Something Borrowed," based on Emily Giffin's best-selling novel, is in fourth place with $13.1 million. Co-starring rom-com veteran Kate Hudson, "Borrowed" was far behind the $21.1 million her "Bride Wars" took in when it opened in 2009, or the similar numbers generated by "Fool's Gold" the year before.

Continue reading 'Thor' Storms Past 'Fast Five' At Box Office at Movies.MTV.com.

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Like all Marvel Studios movies, when "Thor" arrives in theaters this weekend it will bring along a heap of cameos and other Easter Eggs for fans attuned to the greater Marvel cinematic universe.

In the video below, I call out five things to look out for when you head to the theaters this weekend. Give it a look before you get your "Thor" on, and let me know what you find!

Got all that? I've posted a quick breakdown below, just in case you missed anything. Read More...

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ThorFROM MTV MOVIES: The golden-locked God of Thunder has finally descended upon theaters. "Thor," starring brawny Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth, tells the tale of a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), banishes Thor to Earth, where he meets humans Jane (Natalie Portman), Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Dr. Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård). When a dangerous villain from Thor's world invades Earth, Thor must learn what it takes to be a true hero.

Next to "Fast Five," "Thor" is one of the first potential blockbusters of the summer. Also, with Thor being part of Marvel Comics' "Avengers," the hopes are high for the film to be a success and draw in more fans in advance of 2012's highly anticipated ensemble flick.

So what do the critics think? So far, so good. The film's current approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is a "certified fresh" 80 percent.

Continue reading 'Thor': The Reviews Are In! at Movies.MTV.com.

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