Second film will develop relationship between Norse legend and Natalie Portman's Jane Foster
Thor and the rest of the Avengers may not appear on the big screen until summer 2012, but Marvel bosses are already well into planning the Norse legend’s standalone sequel.
Chris Hemsworth will once again play the exiled Asgardian in Thor 2, due for release in 2013. The film will focus on the relationship between Thor and love interest on earth Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman.
Marvel president Kevin Feige said: “Thor 2 will primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for the Nine Worlds.”
It was reported earlier this year Kenneth Branagh, who directed the first Thor film, will not return to helm a sequel, with Brian Kirk (Luther, Boardwalk Empire, Game Of Thrones) and Monster director Patty Jenkins among the names rumoured to be taking over behind the scenes.
The Avengers will see Thor team up with fellow Marvel heroes Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye to battle his nefarious stepbrother Loki.
The cast includes Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson, who will appear as S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury.