Thor sequel 'tantalising'

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Kenneth Branagh directs one of 2011's most successful films in this epic fantasy action adventure based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the title name. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor's father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him to Earth, where he's forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Thor's new home, he learns what it takes to be a true hero. Rounding out the superb cast of Thor are actors Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo & Stellan Skarsgard.

May 9th, 2011

Kenneth Branagh thinks a 'Thor' sequel is a "tantalising prospect".

The director - who worked with relative newcomer Chris Hemsworth as the titular Marvel superhero in the action movie - has plans for a follow-up film which he says will be "fascinating", if the fans are keen on it.

He said: "We went through so many possibilities for how the story might go, that of course the prospect of that is very tantalising and fascinating.

"There's a passionate fanbase out there that will say what they think. People will vote with their feet. And because it's such a big chunk of change for everybody involved, I think that's going to have a crucial, crucial impact but it would be a lovely challenge and problem to have should we do a second one."

The British filmmaker adds he was initially excited to work on the project because of the differences in capabilities of the heroes - something which can be explored in future films.

He told MTV News: "The first big, really exciting moment when I started really going through the comic books was all the descriptions of powers.

"I loved it, amazing. People's body weights, how tall they were, what they could do, all of that kind of stuff. There's a vast amount of that from the 'Thor' universe that I'd like to see."

'Thor' - which also stars Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins - has so far taken $242 million at the box office worldwide.