Kevin Feige's Quick Update on Upcoming Marvel Projects
Now that we've kicked off the summer movie season, let's check in with Marvel's president of production Kevin Feige. Well, we don't really have his phone number (that would be awesome), but Empire did get in touch with him, and did get him to give an update on at least two important upcoming Marvel projects - Thor and The Avengers. A few weeks ago, Kenneth Branagh finally confirmed that they'll be shooting Thor starting next January. Feige confirms the same and adds that they're working on some "spectacular animatics already for our first action scene" as well as "a rewrite of the draft" to have ready fairly soon.
But most importantly, what about casting. We've heard plenty about the production, but all we want to know is who they've cast. "We will probably be having cast announcements in the next month or so on Thor," Feige says. "We're looking to cast Loki and Odin soon, and the main female role. And we'll also hopefully have lockdown shortly, gearing towards the beginning of production, which will be early next year. So I think there will be a lot of announcements between now and then." Good! And don't forget that in March, we rumored that Natalie Portman was in, although last I heard, the position of Thor was still open.
And last but not least, what's the latest on The Avengers - the only movie in Hollywood that's actually slated for 2012? "Zak Penn is already on board The Avengers [as writer] and he’s spending a lot of his time looking into what we're doing with Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, seeing how we're tying it all together. And he's beginning to outline the script now – he'll be doing that over the summer." Unlike some other Marvel projects (e.g. Wolverine), they definitely aren't rushing this, and are giving plenty of time to Zak so that he can get a feel for the other three movies that will tie in. Thanks for the update, Kevin.