Earlier this year, director Alan Taylor, his cast and his crew underwent some reshooting for Thor: The Dark World ahead of its Comic Con appearance in the summer and eventual Fall release. The reshoot was highly publicized and led to speculation that the studio was losing faith in the film and that perhaps Marvel had bitten off more than it could chew with three major releases seeing release within four months of each other.
A new interview SFX Magazine (via CBM) with Taylor reveals what went on during those reshoots and explains how Joss Whedon had a hand in salvaging some of the more troublesome scenes in the script. Read the excerpt below:
“Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times,” laughs the director. “We had a major scene that was not working on the page at all in London, and he basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something. He came down, rewrote the scene, and before he got back to his plane I sort of grabbed him and said, ‘And this scene and this scene?’ And he rewrote two other scenes that I thought had problems. Then finally we let go of him, he took off again, and we shot the scenes; and they were just much better and much lighter on their feet. Much more fun, much more surprising than what we had been trying to do. I can relate to guys who come out of the TV world, since that’s where I come from. And being able to land and work and solve a problem quickly… I really was grateful.”
By now, Whedon is pretty much ingrained into Marvel’s history. The man has only one director credit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Avengers, but his presence has been felt on Captain America: The First Avenger, he’s the mastermind behind ABC’s new show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he is currently writing and developing The Avengers: Age of Ultron for a 2015 release.
Hearing about him participating in other filmmaker’s projects is nothing new, but this anecdotes exemplifies just how dedicated Whedon is to creating a complete cinematic experience with these Marvel Studios films. Of course, we have no clue whether or not this instance occurred on major or minor scenes, but the fact that Whedon is willing to help other filmmakers make a better movie is a really modern way of connecting films to each other.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we learned later on down the road that Whedon helped with Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Solider and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man as well. Whedon is very clearly the mastermind behind Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and it all works to create a bigger fan base, more profit and (hopefully?) better movies.
Thor: The Dark World opens November 8th in the United States.
This story also happens to arrive when two new character posters for Thor: The Dark World pop up online. Check them out below.