After grossing $437 million worldwide and a positive response from critics and cinema goers alike, it was always more of a case of when we have a sequel to ‘Thor’ than if. Today Deadline bring word that ‘Thor 2′ will be released sometime in the summer of 2013. Disney and Marvel have already slotted the Robert Downey Jr-starrer ‘Iron Man 3′ to open May 3rd, 2013.

Marvel Studios, which is currently in production on the Joss Whedon-directed ‘The Avengers,’ will have Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title hero, however director Kenneth Branagh won’t be returning as helmer. Deadline also believe today is the day Disney will finalize an official release date for ‘Thor 2.’ ‘The Avengers’ hits cinemas May 4th, 2012 and stars the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. Expect more news soon. UPDATE: Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have set a July 26th, 2013 release date for the sequel to ‘Thor.’