Marvel Studios have hired a new writer for their upcoming Thor sequel, Ragnarok which will see Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the Asgardian God for the fifth time. Stephany Folsom is the latest screenwriter to have a go at penning the script for the film, set to reach cinemas in October 2017.
Thor: Ragnarok has had its fair share of drafts over the past few months, with previous editions being drawn up by Thor: The Dark World's Christopher Yost and X-Men: Evolution's Chris Kyle. But it seems as if those ones might still need some developing given the new addition to the making of the movie.
It has previously been reported that the studio supposedly brought in the comedy talents of writer/director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows) to lighten the tone of the movie as it was beginning to take a bleaker outlook than most Marvel fans are used to. It was explained that Waititi's involvement would help "brighten the corners" of the movie, while still maintaining the "apocalyptic vibe" set up by original writer Yost. Perhaps Folsom will be the one to bridge the balance between the two styles before production begins in early 2016.
Whilst plot outlines still remain under wraps, we know that Mark Ruffalo's Hulk will play a key part in the storyline and that Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander are expected to return as Loji and Lady Sif. It has been revealed that the film will introduce female superhero Valkyrie and may debut Marvel's first female supervillain on the big screen.
Best known for scripting 2013 comedy drama, 1969: A Space Odyssey of How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon, which was praised in its alternate-history telling of a publicist that convinces iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to work with NASA in order to fake the moon landing.
Despite the title's success, Folsom is still relatively up-and-coming with not many credits to her name just yet, so adding what is bound to be a huge blockbuster hit under the MCU tentpole would be a great career movie. She's the latest in a string of female writers that have been hired by Marvel, which presents many fans beliefs that the movies are overwhelmingly male-oriented.
They already had Nicole Perlman as a writer on the 2014 hit Guardians of the Galaxy, who is currently writing Captain Marvel with another female screenwriter, Inside Out's Meg LeFauve.
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