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We learned yesterday that Kenneth Branagh won’t be returning to direct Thor 2. Star Chris Hemsworth will be back, though, and the sequel is set to open on July 26, 2013. Today Marvel confirmed that a writer has been set as well, Thor script contributor Don Payne, Deadline reports.
Payne is credited on the first movie’s screenplay, along with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. He’s made some solid contributions to The Simpsons over the years, having written some of the more recent quality episodes, like “Homer the Moe” and “Simpsons Tall Tales.” He also co-wrote Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
… but hey! The Simpsons! Thor wasn’t perfect, but it got a number of things very right. Payne was a part of that, which means he’s already on the right track. Good enough to know that for now, more than two years out.