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    Thor Switcheroo: Thunder God's Got a New Leading Lady

    Chris Hemsworth, Thor, Patty Jenkins Mark Fellman / Marvel Studios; Jason Kempin/Getty Images

    Perhaps you've heard rumblings from above? 'Cause Thor has got himself a new mistress.

    Patty Jenkins has been announced as the director of Thor 2, the planned sequel to the summer hit that, as directed by Kenneth Branagh, garnered much better reviews than your average hot-weather hero flick.

    It's an interesting decision for Marvel Studios, which announced the plan today, considering you don't see a lot of women helming action films (sadly, Kathryn Bigelow didn't exactly start a trend), let alone mythological muscle-fests based on comic books.

    But Jenkins knows tension, that's for sure.

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    Jenkins penned the script and directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar win in Monster, the director's feature-film debut, and set the compelling, gloomy tone for AMC's hit drama The Killing by directing the show's pilot.

    She has also presided over episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development, and most recently helmed the story "Pearl" in Lifetime's latest original tearjerker, the cancer drama Five.

    Thor, however, grossed more than $400 million worldwide, so...there's no pressure to do her best work ever or anything. Marvel is aiming for a Nov. 15, 2013, release.

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