Zak PennWhat’s the cause of a thousand nerds melting their keyboards in geekish joy? Well, apparently it’s Zak Penn discussing the possibility of using Beowulf-style technology and beyond on an adaptation of the Avengers comics.

For those who don’t know (and that included myself until a short while ago), Penn is the guy behind the mask in many of the recent comic book adaptations, such as X-Men 2 and The Last Stand, Elektra (they can’t all be brilliant) and both Fantastic Four movies. In fact, it’s such a serious relationship that Marvel itself apparently consults with him on a lot of their movies. Talk about a favored son! So it’s understandable that when this guy speaks, people listen.

That’s all very well, but what’s the cause of the keyboard meltingness, you ask? Well, while being interviewed by Collider, Penn touched on a variety of topics, and among them was the upcoming Avengers movie. When asked about adopting new technologies for use in comic book movies, Penn had this to say:

“Absolutely. It’s not only something I’ve considered doing, but there’s been the discussion about The Avengers doing some sort of next level… Whatever the next iteration of computer animation is after this, the next step after Beowulf, is something we would definitely consider for that.”

“And I actually think it’s worth considering for a lot of movies, I think it’s amazing. It has a tremendous amount of potential. And I love animated movies, and I’ve produced animated movies, and I wrote the original story for Antz. It would definitely interest me.”

Exciting! Even though the Avengers movie is on the back burner at the moment, with focus primarily on the individual character movies (such as Iron Man and Thor), it’s good to know that the group project is still on and that there are exciting thoughts surrounding it. Another plus to leaving the group focus until after the individual movies are out is that they can use the SAME ACTORS to carry it on, without infringing on the publicity from them  – and even capitalizing on it – something that the Justice League is running screaming from (a rant for another time). Not only that, but if Avengers is allowed to be put off for a short while, technology could reach the point where photorealism in CGI technology allows for details and complex scenes that can be accomplished with phenomenal accuracy. Perhaps that’s the plan?


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