Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
24 December 2014
Andy Serkis Takes Us Inside The Imaginarium
The actor-director gives us a tour of his state-of-the-art studio
Sony To Release The Interview After All
Update: US cinemas get limited roll-out
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
19 October 2014
Guillermo Del Toro Planning Pacific Rim 3
'Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t...'
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Empire Star Rating
X-Men: The Last Stand
Empire Star Rating
Elektra (2005)
Empire Star Rating
Behind Enemy Lines
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Zak Penn Talks Avengers
Screenwriter on superhero supergroup

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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Farrah Fawcett Dies Aged 62
Charlie's Angel loses fight with cancer
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

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

THE AVENGERS. . .WHO CARES?
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 EPIC OF ALL EPICS....
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

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The biggest, best, brightest and sometimes weirdest films of the coming year

James Cameron Talks Tech, Terminators and Avatar Sequels
An extended version of our interview from our Peter Jackson guest-edited issue

Empire's Three Favourite Scenes Of 2014
A hat-trick of moneyshots from the last 12 months

The 32 Funniest Movie Moments Of The Year
2014's side-splittingest scenes

The 10 Best Games Of The Year
2014's top pixel-pushers duke it out for the number one slot

Dan Stevens: The Breakout Star Of 2014
We congratulate The Guest star on his year to remember

The 15 Most Memorable Character Deaths Of The Year
2014’s RIP honour roll

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)