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'Thor 2' Gets Release Date, Kenneth Branagh Won't Return

July 1, 2011 (2:24 am) GMT
The sequel to the Chris Hemsworth-starring film is set for 2013 release, but Branagh may not tackle the directing job again.

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios are taking no time off in working on "Thor 2". After releasing the first film this May, the studios announced they will drop its sequel in the U.S. on July 26, 2013, two months after "" is released on May 3 Stateside.

is set to reprise his role as the God of Thunder, but director is likely not returning for the sequel. According to Deadline, his exit was "mutual and amicable," but he may still be involved in some producing capacity. Marvel Studios would not comment on Branagh's participation in the upcoming project.

The actor/filmmaker himself once claimed he had put all the bests in first "" movie. "You hear about people saving things for film two or three," he said at a Los Angeles premiere of his film. "I don't understand that at all. I put it all in there if I thought it'd help the film be better. You can think of stuff for two or three later, if you get the chance to do them. But you won't if one isn't good enough."

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