Marvel Bits: THOR: RAGNAROK Hires New Writer; The Relationship Between ANT-MAN AND THE WASP; CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR’s “Splash Page Fight”
Ahead of Thor: Ragnarok‘s production in Australia next year, Marvel Studios has reportedly hired Stephany Folsom (1969: A Space Odyssey or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon, The Princess of North Sudan) to serve as a fresh viewpoint on the Thor threequel’s script from writers Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. Folsom is the latest female writer to join a Marvel Studios picture, with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) having been tasked with penning the screenplay for Marvel’s first female-lead film, Captain Marvel.
While plot details are currently under wraps, we know that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will team with fellow Avenger the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) on a “cosmic roadtrip.” Thor: Ragnarok releases November 3, 2017.
In October, Marvel Studios surprised fans by announcing Ant-Man and the Wasp, a 2018 followup to this year’s Ant-Man. Director Peyton Reed – who has yet to officially sign on, but is expected to resume the director’s role for the sequel – previously talked Ant-Man and the Wasp, stating that the emphasizing of female heroes is a “no-brainer.” Noting that he admired the “gender politics as well as superhero stuff” aspect of the 1960s comics, Reed hopes to bring a fully-realized, multidimensional Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Reed, who acknowledged that they’re just “starting the writing process,” said that he hopes to visit some “unexpected places” in the supersized sequel, which – as indicated by the title – will focus on the relationship and superhero team of Ant-Man and the Wasp now that the rules and environment of Ant-Man have been established. “Part of the thing that we’re going to explore, as shown in the comics, is how [Ant-Man and the Wasp] are such a great duo and partnership,” Reed said. “Part of that, in any partnership, is how they relate to each other as people. Where will their personal relationship be at that point, and what will be their fighting style together?” While Ant-Man releases to Blu-ray on Tuesday, December 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 2, 2018.
Finally, after debuting the Captain America: Civil War trailer last week and participating in an extensive trailer breakdown, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have spilled some more details on the upcoming superhero showdown. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaking duo reiterated the teams on each side of the conflict: Captain America is backed by Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and Bucky, with Iron Man backed by War Machine, Black Panther, Black Widow, and a “mystery team member” who, as revealed by initial concept art, is Vision.
Without revealing too much – though skip below if you’d like to avoid specifics – Black Widow reportedly gives Ant-Man a beat down to remember, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch take aim at some unseen opponents in the sky (most likely War Machine and Vision), while Cap goes head-to-head with (former) friend and teammate, Iron Man.
“The story is about family, and what happens if they don’t agree,” says Joe Russo. “We’ve been comparing it to a fight at a wedding. What happens when your cousin and your brother go at it, and whose side are you on, and where does it go from there?” Added Anthony Russo, “How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other? [Captain America is] such a strong, grounded, morally centered, ethically centered character. You can beat at him pretty hard as a hero, to try to crack that strength – both morally and physically.”
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016.