Marvel Studios has made one of the biggest splashes into the film industry in recent years with them become a full-fledged independent studio that finances its own films.
You no doubt have seen the results of this in mainstream media in recent times with the two big summer movies last year, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and the success that ensued.
Now we have an ever-growing list of films on Marvel’s production slate with talk of expansion to a production capacity of four big budget features a year in the not too distant future.
For now, we’ll have to settle with the massive upcoming origin films for Thor and Captain America, the sequel to last summer’s hit Iron Man, and the eagerly anticipated and almighty team-up film that will bring them all together: Avengers.
Writing the Avengers movie is one of the go-to Marvel writers, Zak Penn. He was responsible for the screenplays of previous Marvel-based films X-Men 2 & 3, Elektra, the Fantastic Four & X3 video games as well as last year’s Incredible Hulk. Currently, he’s preparing to work on his biggest task yet, Avengers.
In his previous work, most notably when writing the X-Men sequels, Penn had a desire to have the Fox Studios’ Marvel Films cross-over by including more characters in the films – most notably, the Fantastic Four. However, Fox wanted no part of that and it didn’t happen.
With Marvel Studios however, all the films share the same universe and so we’ll be seeing cameos, tying-elements and all of the characters eventually working together as a full-fledged team, come 2012 (barring any more delays).
Earlier this week, Zak Penn was on a panel at the Los Angeles Film Festival and spoke a little bit about the project and working with Marvel:
“They want to see that they’re all connected, not like the Fantastic Four can’t come into the X-Men world, like I was told. I’m taking a meeting next week with the Thor and Captain America people, and we are all going to get together, and I will see what is going to happen. I’ll see where they are leaving the characters; it’s pretty complicated. … There’s a board that is tracking what is happening. [We’ll see] how this movie overlaps in that movie. … Marvel is autonomous now. It is night and day: Everyone has read every comic. They know how to make a cool movie.”
The right people are in the right places seemingly and it’s the originating company in charge of the franchise, using people who want to work as a team and who know the source material better than anyone. We’ve been seeing and hearing plenty of that in recent months with Thor director Kenneth Branagh getting a lot of praise from Marvel executives for his efforts and due diligence spent on learning Marvel’s comic history and working with those who will be involved with the other upcoming Marvel films.
With the Thor movie getting a lot of attention recently with a plethora of casting announcements as well as a production schedule set up, we’re expect to hear news soon on what’s going on with Captain America as it opens not long after Thor. There’s major things happening in the Cap comics at the moment and there’s speculation that it could be tying into some major movie announcements.
Conveniently, San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner so we’ll expect a massive presence there in both Marvel’s comics and their films – There will no doubt be some major revelations during that the event.
While everything seems on the up-and-up with Marvel, they’ve still only really done two films themselves and this will be a real test for them, starting next May with the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2.
Tying all of these major blockbusters together and the vast histories of the characters is a difficult task and Penn’s not ignoring that fact.
“It’s hard to make a good movie… We all have the best intentions, and it still might suck.”
Well, X-Men 3 sucked so he’s not too far off. Let’s hope while working for Marvel Studios and working with some of the amazing talent behind Iron Man and Thor that this movie won’t be a massive disappointment.
I have high hopes and I’m excited for each of the upcoming Marvel movies, with Thor being my most anticipated at the moment.
What do you think of Zak Penn being given the task to write the Avengers movie and can this movie live up to the hype that will precede it? Which Marvel film are you most looking forward to?
Don’t forget to check out Marvel Studios’ logos for their upcoming slate of films.
Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2010. The following summer, Thor opens May 20, 2011 and The First Avenger: Captain America opens July 22, 2011. Last but not least, we have the Avengers kicking off the following summer, May 4, 2012.
Source: Sci Fi Wire