Alan Taylor, the director of Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World, revealed that during the production, he called in Joss Whedon to help rewrite scenes in the Thor sequel.
In a recent interview, the director claimed that Whedon saved them on a couple of occasions and goes into more detail on how the master of the Marvel universe was able to help out.
“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.”
Sounds like Whedon is becoming something of a superhero himself over at Marvel. He seems to have a hand in almost all of the studio’s projects, in some capacity, and when they need guidance, Whedon seems to be the man that they look to.
While there’s no details on which exact scenes he rewrote, his input/help will no doubt improve the film, which is actually shaping up pretty well and looks to be just as good, if not better than its predecessor.
Thor: The Dark World is set to hit theatres on November 8th, 2013. We’ll know then if Joss Whedon was able to “save” the film or not.