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Zak Penn Talks About Collaborating for The Avengers Movie

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June 24, 2009
Source: SciFi Wire

Zak Penn - Avengers

There's been quite a bit of talk about The Avengers recently, mainly coming from Marvel Studio's Kevin Feige, but there is one person we haven't heard from in a while - screenwriter Zak Penn. Penn has been attached as the screenwriter of Marvel's Avengers movie for a long time, and now that it's slated for 2012, he's starting to work on it (again). Penn appeared on a panel as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival last night and SciFi Wire has a report on some of the things he said in relation to The Avengers. He's meeting with Marvel and the screenwriters of the other big upcoming movies to "piece together the storylines."

"They're doing Captain American and Thor first, and then Avengers is coming out," Penn said. "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."

That Fantastic Four references he makes is in relation to his attempts, while writing the last two X-Men movies for Fox, to get them to include other characters like the Fantastic Four in them. Even though both of those franchises were at Fox, the executives wouldn't let him. Now he has a lot more freedom working for Marvel. "It is a world of difference; it is a lot easier to do things like that, and they encourage it," he says. It seems like The Avengers is in good hands for now. Most importantly, Penn is working with closely with Marvel to make sure it all comes together correctly. It definitely sounds like they know what they're doing.

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  • Efrain
    I can't wait for this movie. The news only gets better and better.
  • cat
    i haven't heard much up to this point. not many details just yet.
  • CL
    They need to make the Avengers a trilogy or at least a two-parter. It needs to be epic and needs time to let all the star power shine.
  • The sheer fact that Marvel would allow someone like Zak "the Hak" Penn anywhere near the Avengers franchise makes me suddenly not want to see the Avengers come to the silver screen. "They know how to make cool movies." - HAHA! Too bad he doesn't know how to WRITE a cool movie! Let's see here... "Elektra"... "Fantastic Four"... "X-Men: The Last Stand"... "Last Action Hero"... "Inspector Gadget"... do I need to even continue? He even wrote the initial draft of "The Incredible Hulk", which we all know had to be almost completely re-written by Edward Norton just to make it barely watchable. I mean, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt (Insp Gadget and Last Action Hero were early films, most of the rest may have had massive Fox interference), but still - why would you entrust your largest, most anticipated crossover film to someone who's written more bad films than good? Marvel needs to seriously rethink their strategy here. Giving such amazing talent the reins for their individual franchises (Cap, Thor, Iron Man), just to hand the whole thing over to someone who couldn't write their way out of a wet paper bag is just insanity.
  • Knight Rider
    Dude...most of those movies you listed were made Fox. A.K.A. The Devil.
  • Fisherr
    Hope for triple AAA movie.
  • zetsu
    already thought of what i think should be shown in the avengers trilogy(because it will be one.)1.avengers(team iron man,captain america,thor,hulk,ant-man & the wasp vs loki (also loki takes control of the hulk.)2.avengers 2 enter the vision(team same as the first but ant-man becomes giant-man,scarlett witch & hawkeye join. vs ultron,vision & wonderman(vision & wonderman join avengers at the end.)avengers 3 the masters of evil(team ironman,thor,captain america,vision,wonderman,hawkeye,wasp,scarlett witch & ms marvel vs masters of evil loki,ultron,absorbing man,the wrecking crew(4)mr hyde & titania.i know the 3rd film would have a lot of charactors you maybe able to reduce it a little(but keep ms marvel in it she fucking hot.)
    • Double M
      Brill Zetu. Exactly what I would do with an Avengers trilogy. Nuff said.
  • MJC
    Zak Penn lost whatever credibility (to me) with X-Men 3... I'm really worried about him being involved in this.
  • i will see the avengres movie it's awsome my favorite stars robert downey jr. don cheadle john cena chris hemsworth simon pegg edward norton scarlett johasson and samuel l. jackson i love them so much they will do a great job on these movies im a marvel fan i like to be in marvel too. i will see iron man 2 and the avengres in theatres see ya

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