Kevin Feige is the go-to-guy for news about Marvel's film properties, which makes sense, since he is the President of Production at Marvel Studios. Feige recently talked to Empire Online, where he gave an update on the status of two of Marvel's highly anticipated supreheroic epics - Thor and The Avengers.
Thor has been on everyone's lips lately, as rumors about casting have run rampant. Feige wouldn't say anything about who was being looked at for the case, but did give us an idea of when we would hear something. "We will probably be having cast announcements in the next month or so on Thor," Feige said. "We're looking to cast Loki and Odin soon, and the main female role. And we'll also hopefully have lockdown shortly, gearing towards the beginning of production, which will be early next year. So I think there will be a lot of announcements between now and then."
Feige continued, discussing the work that director Kenneth Branah has been doing on the film. "But Branagh's here, we're prepping, and he's put together some spectacular animatics already for our first action scene. We're digging into the second and third now, and we are just embarking on a rewrite of the draft."
So, that's Thor, but how is The Avengers progressing? Feige says that a writer is already on-board, and the script for the film is being looked at. "Zak Penn is already on board The Avengers and he's spending a lot of his time looking into what we're doing with Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America, seeing how we're tying it all together. And he's beginning to outline the script now - he'll be doing that over the summer."
Feige finished up with an overview of how the Marvel films are being worked on. "All of the Marvel movies leading up to The Avengers will be based in our new facility in Manhattan Beach, in LA. There will be location work that will take us out occasionally, but our home base will always be here."