Just call Joss Whedon the “fixer” of Marvel movie scripts. In an interview with SFX Magazine, director Alan Taylor revealed that during scripting of “Thor: The Dark World,” he was having issues with a particular scene and turned to the legendary “Avengers” director for help.
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.
I would have thought that the other directors of these Marvel Studios movies would enlist Whedon for help with continuity issues, but it’s pretty cool to see him help with general writing issues. Plus, being a legend in the television world, it explains why he was able to get the rewrites done so quickly. It’s nice to see the Marvel directors assist each other with their respective movies. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” make a note to call Whedon if you need help with a galactic battle scene.
On another note, the extended trailer for “Thor: The Dark World” was released yesterday. There’s nothing new other than some extra lines of dialogue and a few seconds of new footage, but it’s still awesome to watch. Check it out below.