How Joss Whedon 'saved' Thor: The Dark World with emergency rewrites

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Sep 18, 2013

In case you were wondering how involved Avengers director Joss Whedon is with every Marvel project out there, these comments from Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor pretty much sum it up.

Apparently Taylor felt a few key scenes still had some issues pretty late in the game, so he flew Whedon in to (literally) triage the script. According to Taylor, Whedon’s touch added a whole ‘nother level of awesomeness.

It sounds like Whedon is taking an active role when invited, but giving the directors room to do their jobs — which is a good thing. But it’s also nice to see that everyone at Marvel recognizes Whedon is the one who makes this whole thing tick, and they’re not afraid to take advantage of his expertise on any project.

Here’s how Taylor explained the whole experience to SFX:

"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. 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."

Now, let’s just see if we can figure out which scenes Whedon ghost-wrote when this one opens Nov. 8. Best guess? It has something to do with some Thor/Loki one-liners. 

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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