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25 June 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: SciFi Wire

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SciFi Wire attended an LA panel with The Avengers screenwriter Zak Penn recently, and heard a few tidbits about his plans for the film - notably, on how he's going to handle the challenge of writing a film that has to share continuity with several other films, some of them not yet made.

"I'm taking a meeting next week with the Thor and Captain America people," said Penn, "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."

Penn had wanted to introduce the Fantastic Four in the X movies but was frustrated by the studio's refusal to cross the streams, and appears to be relishing the chance to bring characters together this time. "Marvel is autonomous now. It is night and day: everyone has read every comic. They know how to make a cool movie."

For more from Penn, head on over to SciFi Wire.

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Still dont see how the continuity will work. Icredible Hulk saw the large-scale destruction of large parts of New York, not to mention the release to the worldwide media of two giant roming (one bright green) monsters quite capable of destroying anything. In Iron Man's world that would be a far more pressing social concern than anything else - including whatever villain Iron Man 2 comes up with. To make a realistic continuity, slight referrences to Incredible Hulk just aren't going to be e More

Posted by ThismonkeyhasRAGE at 20:57 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Close call...
Thank the gods that the studio stopped Penn from putting the Fantastic Four into X Men. That is possibly the only thing that could have made X3 worse. More

Posted by Dr Quinzel at 17:16 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

I don't think characters like Thor and the like can hold up thier own movies but if they adapt Mark Millar's (Wanted, Kick Ass) re-imagining of The Avengers - The Ultimates - they should have a great movie on thier hands. Personally, I think Warner Brothers should pull thier finger out and make a Justice League movie because they have a team of global household names (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) that people would rush to thier multiplexes to see in the same movie - the only way Marvel cou More

Posted by ramseyrocks at 13:07 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

The Avengers movie is either going to be the biggest, greatest superhero film of all time or it'll be the biggest pile of rubbish this side of Batman and Robin and The Spirit. I'm don't mind the idea of crossovers - they did it in the comics all the time.....but the studios won't agree to it though. Marvel need to get all of their properties back under their own control at some point....and then.....and then........hoooooboy......... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 12:17 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Agreed that crossover would have been great, shame such potentially-great ideas more often than not get bogged down in such silly legal licensing battles. Ah well, Avengers should still be great. And that is NOT a good photo of Penn. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 10:50 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

That's a pity that 20th Century Fox refused to allow the two to cross over. Really, Marvel just needs to buy back the licences for all their characters and only make in-house movies from now on. Having Tony Stark turn up in the Hulk movie and Nick Fury in Iron Man just thrilled me beyond belief. If The Avengers takes cues from The Ultimates, it will be AMAZING. More

Posted by SpaceLion at 10:16 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

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