You can't go anywhere involving film or comic book news anymore without finding the latest rumors about casting for Marvel Studio's Thor. Now, Kenneth Branagh, who will be directing the film, has spoken to MTV to address where they are with the casting.

"We're down to the final stages of it," Branagh said. "The reason one has to be properly diplomatic, is simply that some talented peopled have been patient, kind, creative and really committed to working with us in this process." The director continued on, saying "My reluctance to say anything about it is simply out of respect for people who have been extremely respectful of us. That said, I think we are extremely close and I hope to announce a decision sooner rather than later."

Branagh has said that he is aware of the various online campaigns for casting, such as the one behind James Preston Rogers. "I am aware of certain campaigns, and I think everyone is grateful for them and knows that there is a great anticipation," said Branagh. "We have every intention of doing everything humanly possible to live up to that anticipation."

So what is Branagh looking for in his Thor? "It's a whole series of things that I could list, but I'm not going to, because I'd have to kill you," laughed Branagh. The director did offer some more serious thoughts on the issue, saying "All I can say is that I bare all of that in mind with my Thor education. I read a couple of comics across the years every day, I read the Norse legends and sagas, and [the lead role] needs to have something from all that's great in the comics and the legends, and needs to live in our film universe."

Thor will fly into theatres May 20, 2011.