Don Payne to hammer out THOR 2 script

Kate Erbland

July 1st, 2011

Yesterday, we got the news that, unsurprisingly enough, Chris Hemsworth will be back for THOR 2, though director Kenneth Branagh was out for this sequel. Now comes confirmation of who will be penning the script for the 2013-slated follow-up.

Don Payne has signed on to write the script, and he comes with an interesting pedigree peppered with some mixed superhero fare. Payne not only has writing credit on the first THOR (along with Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, J. Michael Straczynski, and Mark Protosevich), he's also responsible for a LOBO rewrite we've yet to see and FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. But his resume also includes MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND and a ton of sitcom television work. Payne is also a consulting producer for The Simpsons, which is a strange fit for a THOR scribe. THOR certainly had some humor, but not much of the Springfield variety.

It's also interesting to note that Payne will have to deal with writing a THOR 2 script that not only draws on the first film, but from THE AVENGERS as well. Marvel's mega-superhero flick will hit in 2012, so Payne will be much in the same boat as the IRON MAN 3 team in terms of having a whole bunch of elements, storylines, plots, and characters to assemble in his sequel. IRON MAN 3 is set for a May, 2013 release.

THOR 2 will hit theaters on July 26, 2013. The sequel will be coming to us from Disney.

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