With Thor director Kenneth Branagh off doing an adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for Fox 2000, Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are sizing up Irish auteur Brian Kirk to take over directorial duties on Thor 2.

Brian Kirk is best known for directing episodes of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones. It was with this series that he proved he could manage a large ensemble in a fantasy epic while grounding the grandiose nature of the genre in reality. It was his work on the show that grabbed the attention of those in charge at Marvel Studios.

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Thor 2 is expected to double its cast of larger than life Aasgardians and mythical Norse creatures, making it one of the largest scale Marvel adventures to date, second only to The Avengers.