by Justin Cook
Although he recently received an offer to direct the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, a new rumor suggests that Kenneth Branagh may be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Umberto Gonzalez, founder of the website Heroic Hollywood, revealed on Marvel Movie News on the Popcorn Talk Network that Branagh, who helmed 2011’s Thor (the first appearance of the title character in the MCU), is being eyed by Marvel to return to the series for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Gonzalez said, “I was hearing that Marvel wanted Kenneth Branagh back for Thor 3. But, he just got an offer to direct Murder on the Orient Express at Fox. So, I don’t know if it is going to happen or not. They’re thinking about bringing him back into the fold.”
The box office success of this year’s Cinderella, which was also directed by Branagh, probably only makes him more desirable to Disney and Marvel, as the live-action film grossed over $500 million worldwide. It was a major win for Branagh, who needed one after his previous film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit underperformed.
It looks like Branagh will have the opportunity to choose between either coming back to a massive franchise or handling the second big screen adaptation of the classic 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery novel.
Thor: Ragnarok will be the last MCU film before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 comes out in May 2018; it is currently locked in for a November 3, 2017 release date. Both Thor and Loki, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, are confirmed to return to Asgard for Ragnarok.
Thor may not be the most loved film in the MCU, but it does certainly have its fans, especially those who enjoyed watching Hemsworth’s charismatic superhero and Hiddleston’s menacing villain.