I remember the times when he was rumoured to play Aquaman, then they made that crappy TV series instead…Good job Kenneth Branagh turned that role down. But now he is in negotiations to possibly direct Marvels next big adaptation ‘Thor’ for a release in 2010. Branagh is the latest in a string of directors such as Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), Christopher Nolan (the Batman franchise) and Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) with arthouse roots taking on big-budget comicbook fare.
Marvel will self-finance the film via its $500 million credit facility through Merrill Lynch. Marvel used that coin to fund both “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” and will do the same for the “Iron Man” sequel that has director Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. returning.