If you told me in the ’90s that Shakespeare loving Kenneth Branagh would be directing comic book movies and tentpoles, I would’ve said you’re crazy. He might’ve said that too. But the 2010s have seen Branagh jump with both feet into the waters of multiplex fare with “Thor,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” and “Cinderella.” And now Marvel is eyeing the director to return to their Cinematic Universe.
Chatting on Popcorn Talk, Heroic Hollywood head Umberto Gonazalez revealed that Branagh is someone Marvel is looking at for “Thor: Ragnaork.” “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,” he said.
Indeed, the Agatha Christie project is on his desk, along with a potential documentary directed by Martin Scorsese, about Branagh’s recently stage adaptation of “Macbeth.” So it seems to be a matter of scheduling and of course, whether or not Branagh wants to do it. But given his tastes lately, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he decided to give it a go. And certainly, with “Thor: The Dark World” taking a decided dip in quality from the first movie, Branagh could be the guy to get those movies back on track.