Zak Penn Talks About Collaborating for The Avengers Movie
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.