Marvel Studios has hired one of its own executives to co-write “Thor 3,” as former SVP of production and development Craig Kyle will pen the screenplay with longtime friend and frequent collaborator Christopher Yost, the company announced Wednesday.
Yost most recently co-wrote the screenplay for “Thor: The Dark World” with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. “Thor: The Dark World” is the third-highest grossing Marvel Studios film behind “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3.”
Kyle has left his job as a Marvel executive to embark on a career as a full-time screenwriter. He recently signed with CAA for representation.
“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,” said Kevin Feige, who will produce the third “Thor” film. “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.”
Kyle most recently executive produced “Thor: The Dark World,” which along with its predecessor “Thor,” has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.
Kyle began his career at Marvel Studios in 2001 as the sole creative executive for the company’s animation division. In 2003, Kyle co-created the character X-23, an adolescent female clone of Marvel’s popular character Wolverine. She was introduced into the comic book mainstream a year later, becoming one of the most popular new characters from Marvel over the last decade.
Kyle has developed, produced and written numerous animated series and oversaw the development and production of Marvel’s original animated direct-to-DVD projects including “Ultimate Avengers: I & II,” “Invincible Iron Man,” “Hulk VS, Next Avengers,” “Doctor Strange,” “Planet Hulk” and “Thor: Tales of Asgard.” During his many years with Marvel, Craig co-wrote a series of top selling X-Men comics including “New X-Men,” “X-23: Innocence Lost” and “X-Force” with Yost, who is represented by Verve and Industry Entertainment.
Kyle was promoted to SVP of production and development of Marvel Studios’ live-action division five years ago.