Thor: Ragnarok Screenwriter Criticizes Marvel Over Credits

Stephany Folsom, one of four screenwriters who worked on Thor: Ragnarok, has a bone to pick with how Marvel Studios has credited the movie. Whenever Marvel comes to San Diego Comic Con, it seems to always deliver the goods. And this year was no different. During its Hall H presentation, Marvel Studios spent time hyping-up its upcoming slate of films: Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Ragnarok.

Obviously, since Thor’s third solo adventure is the next installment in Marvel’s financially and critically successful cinematic universe, the studio devoted a sizeable portion of its time to promoting it. Fans of the of the God of Thunder were spoiled with a slew of posters, featuring the entire cast, Andy Park’s gorgeous concept art; and a brand-new full-length trailer that features The Hulk conversing with Thor about his deep love of fire. Also, exclusive footage was shown to those in attendance, though you can read about it here. It was a joyous occasion – for most.

Screenwriter Stephany Folsom wasn’t celebrating, though. She took issue with the Ragnarok trailer and one of the posters released today that prematurely gave Eric Pearson sole screenwriting credit as well as crediting Pearson and the writing duo Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost with its story.

According to Folsom, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) hasn’t determined Ragnarok‘s writing credits just yet, so leaving her name out of the mix didn't sit right with her. She vented her frustration on social media, tweeting: “It's gross that Marvel issued a poster and trailer for THOR with full credits, when writing credits haven't even been determined yet.” Soon after, one of her followers asked: "Wait, serious?" Leaving no about her feelings on the matter, she simply responded, "Serious."

It's gross that Marvel issued a poster and trailer for THOR with full credits, when writing credits haven't even been determined yet.

— Stephany Folsom (@StephanyFolsom) July 23, 2017

According to the Guild, it “determines credits on WGA-covered projects once the Company submits a Notice of Tentative Writing Credits to the Guild and participating writers following the completion of principal photography.” In this instance, director Taika Waititi – who is a gifted writer, too, and added his quirky sense of humor to the script – wrapped principal photography back in late October, so it is a bit surprising that the WGA hasn’t determined writing credits yet. Although, that could be because Folsom triggered an arbitration by protesting the proposed credits – though that hasn’t been reported anywhere or mentioned by Folsom.

Folsom was brought on board in October 2015, two months after Waititi agreed to helm Thor: Ragnarok. Though only known at that time for her 2013 Black List script 1969: A Space Odyssey or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon, Folsom was tapped by Marvel to polish the script first penned by Kyle & Yost. When filming commenced in July 2016, Waititi shared a photo that revealed Pearson, the scribe behind the Marvel One-Shot A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to Thor’s Hammer, was hired to be an on-set writer.

Next: Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con Footage Description

Source: Stephany Folsom

Key Release Dates
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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