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Joss Whedon Rewrote Problem Scenes in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

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Although Joss Whedon has been busy working on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, when director Alan Taylor ran into some rough spots on Thor: The Dark World, Marvel called in the big guns.

“Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times,” Taylor tells SFX magazine with a laugh. “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.”

Opening Nov. 8 worldwide, Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

(via ComicBookMovie)

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Comments

  • Nikita Grachev

    Like a Joss.

  • DarthTigris

    Once a script doctor, always a script doctor. Marvel Studios’ biggest coup.

  • Rob Grundy

    Being a Joss Whedon fan for years, it’s fantastic to see him finally get the attention of a studio that appreciate and effectively utilise his talent as a writer. The fact that it’s Marvel Studio’s and I’m a lifelong true believer makes it all the sweeter. Everyone’s a winner.

  • comicdude

    where was he in iron man 3?!

  • Happily LS

    That movie is such a puzzle to me, because it’s like it’s two movies in one. The dialogue scenes are all snappy and entertaining, but the action (and the plot) is just big and dumb, to me. The action climax lasted about 25 minutes and I just wanted it to end. The scenes where Stark is trapped in the small town are probably the best in the movie. They are the only thing about the movie that wasn’t predictable.

  • TallBoy6t6

    Mark Millar tells the same story years ago when they were in a story retreat kicking around an ending to “Civil War”. It was going to end in a wash but Whedon flat-out said someone has to win and someone has to lose. Then he bounced. Millar said it was like when those guys paid Lex Luthor a million dollars for a minute on how to deal with Swamp Thing.

  • Greg N

    Re-writes and reshoots is like saying “this movie is not very good”. Hearing that they had to do both is not making me look forward to this movie

  • Alex W

    At least they noticed a problem and tried to fix it. So many others don’t even recognize when something doesn’t work and we get bad movies because of it. I doubt there’s a lot of great movie scripts that were never changed from the first draft. From what I’ve seen of his tv work, Taylor is a good director. Best give him his shot.

  • Frank

    I remember that. Didn’t Millar say then Whedon then saddled on his horse and ran into the sunset or something like that?

  • Chuck777

    No, it means they are realizing they can’t pass along the same poorly-plotted trite nonsense over and over again and keep expecting to earn big returns – especially as RDJ takes more and more of an off-screen role with the MCU. You have to make great movies to earn the big bucks and not rely solely on stars to sell. I hope Joss gets called in to fix every script Marvel makes now-a-days.

  • Jay

    It turns out that even though he write Marvel heroes, he’s actually Superman.

  • Happily LS

    This type of reshoot is totally normal and healthy. A scene wasn’t quite working, so they redid it. Trouble is when you’re making major changes to the plot at the last minute, like what happened with World War Z.