Big changes could be coming to Asgard, True Believers. Just so we’re very clear on this one, what follows should be taken with a MASSIVE grain of salt until further notice. Cool? Cool.
Okay, so as you guys know, Marvel recently set into motion its production plans for “Phase Three” that include a new Captain America movie co-starring Iron Man, a Black Panther movie, a Captain Marvel movie and, as it will pertain to today’s story, a third Thor movie. However, beyond Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, no other announcements have been made concerning the creative teams for any of the respective post-Ant-Man films. But, that silence may have now been broken thanks to one crafty Redditor.
Supposedly, a user going by the alias “the_marvel_intern” claims to have been recently laid off from the company at the start of 2015, and has chosen to reveal some key details about the upcoming Thor threequel. What details, you ask? The post mainly concerned the director shortlist, which currently features Adam McKay in the frontrunner position with Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) following close behind.
According to the poster, “[B]ecause [McKay]’s worked with Marvel, the studio is comfortable working with him and knows the type of output he’ll churn out.” As for the other two, the writer says the main hindrance for Edwards is scheduling seeing as he already has a Star Wars spin-off and Godzilla sequel in the pipeline; Reeves’ main selling point is having come to the Planet of the Apes franchise to create a “better film” than his predecessor, something that Marvel apparently wants from Thor.
The poster also proclaims that Marvel wants someone “who will treat the Thor franchise with a lot of respect. Taking in the source material more, and dropping characters like Darcy who Marvel sees as being ‘forcefully manufactured’.”
This last bit is when we enter the “this is getting hard to believe” territory. One of the most memorable moments in Thor: The Dark World was when Darcy slipped in her infamous phrase “meow meow” – the term she’s used for Thor’s difficult-to-pronounce hammer, Mjölnir, since the first film. The franchise may have its problems, but Darcy is hardly one for that side of the notepad. In fact, Kat Dennings is one of the series’ biggest strengths if anything – especially in The Dark World. If Marvel is so keen on pleasing fans above all else (Coulson’s resurrection, the Captain Marvel movie, more Loki all the time always), we have to believe the last thing they’d do is ruin “Meow Meow” for us.
Until more evidence is presented, this is all hearsay. Intriguing hearsay, but hearsay nonetheless. So for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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