Now, there are certainly levels of quality when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the top tier there are energetic, funny gems like Joss Whedon's hellzapoppin' team-up movie "The Avengers," and last summer's witty blast "Iron Man 3" (co-written and directed, with some aplomb, by "Lethal Weapon" scribe Shane Black). Then there are those middle-of-the-road movies, like "Captain America: The First Avenger," which are adequate but unmemorable. And, at the bottom of the Marvel barrel, was "Thor: The Dark World," a movie that was staggeringly unimaginative, sloppy and plodding, seemingly only staged in order to bridge the gap between "The Avengers" and whatever Marvel has up its magically enchanted sleeve. It had its moments, for sure, and the humor was pretty great (Thor as a fish-out-of-water still works surprisingly well), but it kind of proved that Thor-centered, stand-alone movies aren't the best. But what do we know? It has just been announced that "Thor 3" is on the way.
While a director has yet to be announced (and "Thor: The Dark World"'s Alan Taylor has moved on to another pricey franchise in the form of the upcoming "Terminator" movie), Marvel has scheduled two writers to bring the Asgardian warrior back to the big screen: Christopher Yost (who worked on both "Thor" movies) and Craig Kyle, a producer on said movies. As Vulture points out, the two writers have worked together on actual comic books (as opposed to big expensive movies that look like comic books) and various Marvel-related animated series, which probably means that the sequel is in good hands. Now could we please get some more lady characters in this thing please? Natalie Portman just looked bored in the last one.
Who knows when "Thor 3" will hit screens, since Marvel has a crazy, jigsaw puzzle-style game plan for all of its upcoming releases that only a few key people are privy to and can fully understand. The next Marvel releases include this spring's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and summer's "Guardians of the Galaxy," a movie we are admittedly a teensy weensy bit excited for.
Next summer, of course, sees the one-two punch of Joss Whedon's super-sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man," both of which will hopefully inject a whole lot of fresh blood into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.