Marvel Studios, which is in production on the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, is making a full commitment to Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title hero.
Marvel will need to hire a director for that film because, it’s been revealed Kenneth Branagh won’t be returning as the director. Branagh, who directed the first film and watched it gross $437 million worldwide with a few territories still playing out, will likely be involved in some producing capacity. His exit was “mutual and amicable,” Deadline was told. That means a big job is out there that a lot of directors and their agents will be chasing over the upcoming holiday.
Thor 2 will be hit theatres July 26, 2013. (Source)