Exclusive: Screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz Interview THOR; Plus How Did POWER PACK Get Them the Job

     August 5, 2010

At this year’s Comic-Con, Marvel pulled back the curtain and revealed the first real look at Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.  While some were nervous the studio might not be able to make Thor come to life in a realistic way, I loved the footage that was shown in Hall H (subsequently leaked online) and think the movie is going to surprise a lot of people.  Also, Chris Hemsworth absolutely looks like Thor, and that goes a long way to making the character seem believable.

Anyway, while at this year’s Con, I managed to land an exclusive interview with Thor screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.  During the extended interview they revealed how they got the job (it has to do with Power Pack), the research they did, how does Thor fit into the Iron Man universe, who came up with the story, and I asked them if they explain the Rainbow Bridge in the movie and how much does Jack Kirby and Walt Simonson influence the script.  Hit the jump to check out what they had to say.  As always, it’s time indexed so you can watch the parts that interest you:

Editor’s note: WGA credits for Thor are not final since other screenwriters contributed to the film. Check back here for updates as credits are finalized.

Finally, my interview with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz covered a lot more than Thor.  Look for part two in the coming days.  And here’s our recap of the Thor panel at this year’s Comic-Con.

Screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz

  • How did they get the Thor writing gig. They talk about going in to Marvel and pitching Power Pack.  After a long wait, Marvel called back and asking them if they were into Thor.  They went in and spoke to Branagh.  They pitched everyone their idea.  4 or 5 days later they were on it.
  • 2:20 – Who is the comic book fan and who isn’t.  Ash is the comic book fan but ……isn’t. But that helps the writing
  • 3:05 – Did Marvel come up with the story or did they?  They talk about the challenges of making Thor work in the Iron Man universe
  • 4:35 – Based on the pictures, Thor looks like the Kirby/Simonson version of Thor. Were they influenced by them
  • 5:45 – They talk about some of the research they did before writing
  • 7:00 – How does Thor fit into the Iron Man universe with the fact that it’s Gods.  They explain how Thor isn’t a God but is a super powered alien that was worshiped as a God
  • 8:40 – Did they write in a scene that explains how Thor has his powers
  • 10:05 – We talk about how Marvel head Kevin Feige told me that every Marvel film is only allowed one “get.” In Iron Man it’s a man can built a metal suit that can fly.  In Hulk it’s gamma radiation can turn a normal man into the Hulk.  Did they write with that in mind?
  • 12:35 – Rainbow Bridge talk – Do they explain it scientifically?
  • 14:10 – Did they read everything before writing the script?  They also talk about what else they did to get ready for writing Thor
  • 15:05 – Since they pitched them Power Pack, have they pitched Marvel any other ideas
  • 16:00 – How long did it take to write Thor. They also talk about how great everyone at Marvel is.


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