CraveOnline talked to Zack Penn about his work on Marvel Studios’ upcoming films and here’s an excerpt:
CraveOnline: How is working for autonomous Marvel different from working under the studio collaborations?
Zak Penn: Pretty much night and day. Marvel, everyone there has read every comic. Theyâ€™re big fans of it. Weâ€™ve kind of moved past the normal fights that you have and just talk about what would make a cool movie. Hereâ€™s the thing though. Once you get into the process of making a movie, compromise is like your life. Everything is a compromise. Even if everyone has the best intentions setting out on a movie, you can make a total piece of sh*t. Iâ€™ve learned this the hard way. It is really damn hard to make a good movie. If you ever manage it, be proud of yourself. Itâ€™s so damn hard. Even though we all have the best intentions, it still might suck but it is at least a relief to not be fighting with people as much. Weâ€™re all kind of on the same page.
CraveOnline: How do you start writing The Avengers before Captain America and Thor are done?
Zak Penn: My job is to kind of shuttle between the different movies and make sure that finally weâ€™re mimicking that comic book structure where all of these movies are connected. It used to drive me crazy at Fox not being able to interweave. Why couldnâ€™t we have Fantastic Four in this movie? Why couldnâ€™t we do this? Now we will. Thor and Captain America will lead right into the Avengers movie, and Iron Man 2 as well.
CraveOnline: Do they give you a place to start or do you have to wait to find out where you pick up?
Zak Penn: We are learning it as we go and itâ€™s pretty complicated. I have a meeting at Marvel this week to catch up on continuity. Thereâ€™s just a board that tracks â€œHereâ€™s where everything that happens in this movie overlaps with that movie.â€ Itâ€™s just what they do in the comic books. Think how complicated it is when youâ€™ve got all the titles those companies do. Someoneâ€™s got to keep track of all that. Whatâ€™s Wolverine wearing this week? Are his claws bone or [adamantium]? Yeah, itâ€™s going to be really difficult. The only thing I can say is Iâ€™m pushing them to do as many animatics as possible to animate the movie, to draw boards so that weâ€™re all working off the same visual ideas. But the exigencies of production take first priority.
CraveOnline: Should Wolverine have been R?
Zak Penn: That was our frustration. Heâ€™s got razor sharp claws and you canâ€™t show blood. So what does he do? In every scene, heâ€™s running around blocking, hitting you with the claws and not cutting you. Where do you go with that? Thereâ€™s no way to do it.
You can read the full interview here.