While doing press for his new film, Terminator Genisys, director Alan Taylor took a minute to look back at his first movie, Thor: The Dark World.
Taylor, whose resume includes episodes of Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, among other TV shows, made his feature film debut with the God of Thunder's second solo adventure in 2013. But in a new interview with Uproxx, the director admitted that his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not a happy one:
"I’ve learned that you don’t make a $170 million movie with someone else’s money, and not have to collaborate a lot. The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie. So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else."
Taylor was not the first director attached to Thor: The Dark World, although he was the last. Before him, original Thor director Kenneth Branagh turned down the chance to make a sequel to his 2011 film, while another Game of Thrones alumnus, Brian Kirk, also took a pass. Marvel almost made history by then hiring Patty Jenkins (Monster) -- which would have made her the first female director of a superhero movie -- but parted ways with her after two months, opening the door for Taylor.
Even though Thor: The Dark World was a hit ($645 million worldwide at the box office), its reviews were mixed and the picture, like its predecessor, has landed somewhere in the lower echelons of the MCU films -- not as bad as Iron Man 2 but nowhere near the greatness of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers and other top-shelf entries. But Taylor's tale of woe does jibe with other stories of unhappy Marvel directors, including Edgar Wright, Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon.
So it's probably safe to say that Taylor is not interested in returning for 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, even if Marvel wanted him back. Marvel head Kevin Feige told Collider that the director and writer for that movie will be unveiled probably later this summer -- and he also ruled out Kenneth Branagh making a second trip to Asgard as well.
Meanwhile, if Terminator Genisys is a huge hit, we'll see if Taylor directs the sequel to that. What did you think of his work on Thor: The Dark World?