Thor‘s been the red-headed stepchild of Avengers movies for a while now. Iron Man broke the box office, and fan excitement pushed the next Captain America movie into earlier than expected development, but ask if anyone wants more Thor and you get a less than enthusiastic, “Meh,” to the idea. Hence the nearly four year wait between The Dark World and Ragnarok. The phrase “shake things up” seems apropos to Ragnarok’s development. Marvel hired Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to direct, Mark Ruffalo has been brought in to give the God of Thunder a fellow Avenger to play off of, and now a new screenwriter has been hired to rework what’s been done so far.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Thor veterans Christopher Yost (who co-wrote The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (who co-produced the first Thor) have been relieved of their scripting duties and have been replaced by Stephany Folsom. Who is Stephany Folsom? Let’s put it this way, she probably wasn’t written anything you’ve seen, but a few years ago she had a very peculiar screenplay on the “Blacklist,” a list of the best unproduced screenplays, called 1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon, a based-on-the-true-conspiracy-theory tale of a woman in the Nixon Administration that helped cover up the fake moon landing directed by the famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.*
*See the documentary Room 237 on Netflix for more details.
At this point, there’s probably not a lot riding on Thor: Ragnarok in terms of making or breaking Marvel Studios or the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe, but after two lackluster outings, it’s probable that the Powers That Be will want to give Thor and company a decent send-off in what will likely be the last Thor solo movie. Bring in Ruffalo and the Hulk was a good first step, and Hemsworth has come out saying that he’d like to see something akin to the tone of Guardians of the Galaxy for Ragnarok was another indication that Marvel was seriously trying to up their game for Thor 3. Will their efforts be fruitful? I guess we’ll find out.
Thor: Ragnarok will be in theaters everywhere on July 28, 2017.