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.”