Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are firming up their Thor 2 sequel, confirming that Chris Hemsworth will reprise his title role from this summer's blockbuster, Thor. The studio also confirmed a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2.

Director Kenneth Branagh, however, will not return to direct the sequel. It seems there was no bad blood in the departure, though, which was described as, "mutual and amicable."

RELATED: Thanos Creator Feared Infinity War Would Suffer the Same Fate as Justice League

A summer 2013 release for Thor 2 means the studios will likely have to find a director rather quickly. Marvel/Disney has already slated Iron Man 3 for a May 3, 2013 release to kick off the summer movie season.