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Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is truly starting to fall into place. Over the last few weeks Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, which will be in theaters in July 15th, has been slowly adding to its cast; Captain America 3 has brought back directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and now a pair of screenwriters have been hired to hold the pen for Thor 3. According to sources over at The Wrap, the studio is turning to Christopher Yost and writer/producer Craig Kyle to pen the third installment of the God of Thunder's trilogy.
While Yost was one of the screenwriters who worked on last year's Thor film, this will be Kyle's first time scripting a live action feature. Both writers have spent many years at Marvel, but have primarily worked on the studio's animated titles.Kyle was a co-producer on Kenneth Branagh's Thor back in 2011, and last year was an executive producer on Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' president, said in a statement,
"I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years. His creative instincts have helped shape Thor and Thor: The Dark World at every level of the filmmaking process. The entire team at Marvel is very happy to continue collaborating with Craig as he continues as a screenwriter working with Christopher on the forthcoming chapter of Thor’s adventure."
You can get a taste of Kyle and Yost's work below in this clip from the 2009 animated film Hulk Vs. , which they co-wrote.
While there may be a script in development now, we still don't actually know very much about what we can expect from Thor 3. The film doesn't currently have a director attached, and outside of Chris Hemsworth it's not even 100% clear who among the cast would come back. Given the end of Thor: The Dark World, however, which featured Loki stealing the throne of Asgard away from Odin, we can probably assume that Tom Hiddleston will be back for the sequel, as well as Natalie Portman, who plays Thor's lady love Jane Foster. The project doesn't have a release date yet, but Marvel Studios has carved out release dates on May 6, 2016, July 18, 2016, and May 5, 2017.
Are you excited that another Thor movie is in the works? What would you like to see happen in the story? Who do you think the villain should be? Let us know what you're thinking in the comments below, and feel free to speculate as wildly as you like!