Joss Whedon Helped Alan Taylor with 'Thor: The Dark World' Scenes

September 18, 2013
Source: SFX Magazine

Thor: The Dark World

It sounds like The Avengers director Joss Whedon really is doing his job as Marvel Studios' creative consultant across their cinematic universe. In addition to preparing The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon had a hand in helping one of the franchise sequels that will lead to the ensemble sequel. Speaking with SFX Magazine, director Alan Taylor revealed Whedon was actually called in to fix a major scene in Thor: The Dark World. Taylor says, "Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times. 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."

But then Taylor decided he needed a bit more help from Whedon (via ComicBookMovie):

"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."

Considering the Marvel universe on the big screen is playing out much like a big, expensive TV series, that explains why Whedon is so adept at making these films work. Hopefully this means that the film doesn't have any other lurking problems that might make the sequel underwhelming when it arrives in just over a month. Remember that Thor: The Dark World will hit IMAX screens exclusively on October 30th before arriving on standard screens November 8th. In the meantime, make sure you watch the most recent extended TV spot for the Marvel film and stay tuned for updates on all their comic book movies.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments



Danimal on Sep 18, 2013


Always good to have Whedon involved.

Chris Groves on Sep 18, 2013


This is why I have such high hopes for this franchise. No director is too stubborn to ask for help and is gracious when it comes. And Whedon is so awesome for assisting like that on the spot.

JBrotsis on Sep 19, 2013


Just goes to show how screwed Marvel would be if they didn't have Joss Whedon to "Magically" fix all their problems. I don't understand with all the money they have can't they hire a much better screen writer. This is just embarrassing for them it's also sad to see Whedon has to go through all this work. I just hope this doesn't happen again.

Charlie Hard on Sep 18, 2013


You sure are HARD to please

Jon Odishaw on Sep 18, 2013


Please tell me what would have happened if Marvel didn't have Joss Whedon to begin with. You think the film would have magically solved it's problems by themselves. You can't always have a guiding light coming to save you cause that guiding light is not always going to be there. What I am suggesting with all their cash they are hiding somewhere into some vault they should use it to hire better people to work on a film as such Thor 2 which already had it's problems with a director in the beginning of production if you can't remember with a stating such as "creative differences". What was Marvel doing hiring amateurs for their films. Now they had a least bit, well a little more common sense to bring in Alan Taylor more experienced with the genre, You know what baffles me even more is Captain America 2 next year and they hiring the guys that strictly have worked on comedy films and in comedy mediums. What happened to Jon Favreau after Iron Man 2 which bombed did they happen to stick with him. You can't just blame Iron Man 2's problems on Marvel to be formal Favreau needed a formula to fit it all together which he didn't have the skills for at all. Marvel makes some wise decisions and then there are the dumbed down decisions.

Charlie Hard on Sep 18, 2013


Jesus man.... why would anyone want to read this. I didnt

Sky on Sep 18, 2013


I concur. I think most of the stuff marvel puts out is very disappointing. On a positive note, its good to see Joss Whedon to the rescue, cause i could not take another Thor part 1.

Such heroic nonsense on Sep 19, 2013


I always thought Whedon was great and especially his work on buffy and angel. He knows how to create characters and giving them empathy. It's a talent and I get it when others needs his help..

Avi on Sep 18, 2013


He knows how to create great characters and make them interact with each other...but he needs some assistance when it comes to big-scale action be honest, Incredible Hulk had twice the better action than the Avengers 🙁

dawko on Sep 19, 2013


They essentially bought Whedon. And I'm okay with that.

DAVIDPD on Sep 19, 2013

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