Exclusive: Screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz Talk THOR, THOR 2, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and More

     July 9, 2011

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz Interview THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

At last year’s Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive interview with screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.  While you might not recognize their names, they co-wrote Thor and X-Men: First Class, so I’m very confident you’ve seen their work.  Anyway, at last year’s Con, both movies were still on the far off horizon, so they were guarded about what they could say.  However, we agreed to do another interview once both films had been released, and we talked a few days ago.

During the interview we talked about what’s changed for them since the movies got released, what were they happy with (in both films) and what could have been done better, deleted scenes, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.  As usual, we’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you.

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz

  • :34 They talk about what it’s like to have two huge movies—Thor and X-Men: First Class coming out around the same time.
  • 3:01 Did they all of a sudden have a ton of phone calls coming through once Thor opened big? They say it even started a little before the movie opened, but got more intense once it was released.
  • 4:48 They had a project that they were sitting on until the week Thor came out, then they went around town to get it moving using Thor’s momentum.
  • 5:20 Regarding Thor, what were they most hoping would work in the film that ended up working really well? They talk about working with Kenneth Branagh.
  • 6:55 Talk about how they would’ve liked the stuff on Earth to have worked better.
  • 9:00 They talk about what was cut out from the final film, and how the pacing works really well compared to other summer action movies.
  • 10:29 With Don Payne being hired to write Thor 2, they talk about not being approached to write the sequel.
  • 11:22 Their take on Kenneth Branagh not returning as director for the sequel.
  • 14:57 What was the biggest surprise in X-Men: First Class of something that they weren’t sure would work but ended up being great? They talk about Jennifer Lawrence taking on Mystique and the rushed production schedule. They also say Rose Byrne’s character was originally much bigger in the script than in the finished film.



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