'Thor 3' Adds Female Writer & Does It Signal A Shift In The Comic Book Movie World?

If you can’t get enough of all things comic books and feminist, then you are going to love the news I am about to drop in your laps: It was announced on Wednesday that Thor 3 has scored itself a new writer, and that writer happens to be a woman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephany Folsom has signed on to work on the script for Thor: Ragnarok, the third movie in the Thor series. This is big — it's no secret that, in the world of comic-books-turned-movies, having a female writer on staff is a huge deal. It’s clear from this news that the comic book world — long known for being male-oriented and male-dominated — is definitely moving in the right direction.

Of the 14 Marvel movies made between 2010 and 2015, only one had a female writer on staff: Nicole Perlman was a writer for Guardians of the Galaxy, and that's it. Based off this, Folsom's involvement in Thor 3 clearly signals a significant shift in who is behind these blockbuster movies.

This isn’t a bashing of the comic book movie-making world — really, it’s the opposite. It’s clear with this move (and the recent news that Perlman is currently working on Captain Marvel with another female writer, Meg LeFauve) that much progress has been made when it comes to working as a female writer in a predominantly male-writing world.

Folsom, for her part, has a long history of amazing work, including 1969: As Space Odyssey or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon. The 2013 drama earned her some serious street cred and a lot of Hollywood attention.

Really this news is nothing but exciting. So, let’s take it as a huge sign that Hollywood is moving in the right direction.

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