Joss Whedon Rewrote Troublesome Scenes in THOR: THE DARK WORLD

     September 18, 2013


Though Joss Whedon has certainly been busy developing, writing, and prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron since the release of the first Avengers last May, the filmmaker’s contract with Marvel also allows him to consult on all of the studio’s other properties.  We know that Whedon had a hand in the script for Captain America: The First Avenger, but we have yet to here many specifics regarding his involvement in Phase Two films—until now, that is.

It’s no secret that director Alan Taylor went back for some Thor: The Dark World reshoots that, in part, added more of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki to the film, but Taylor recently revealed that he also called in Whedon to rewrite three scenes in the pic, including one major sequence that Taylor was finding difficult to crack.  Hit the jump for more.

thor-dark-world-jaimie-alexander-alan-taylor-set-photoSpeaking with SFX Magazine (via CBM), Taylor revealed that Whedon was flown to the London set of Thor: The Dark World to pitch in on a couple of tough scenes:

“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.”

It’s unclear if this scene fell within the reshoots or principal photography, but I’m guessing it’s the latter.  Either way, though, it’s nice to hear that Whedon is graciously pitching in on Marvel’s non-Avengers movies when they need his help.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.


  • TheDevil’sAdvocate

    This isn’t a surprise – his job as the architect of Phase 2 is to rewrite trouble spots for cohesiveness. It’s why he’s being well paid.

  • DNAsplitter

    And it’s reasons like this why WB needs a person of this type of talent in their DC dept. to handle things like this. They are in desperate need of a person who can help oversee their vision for a shared universe in order for their films to mirror the success that Marvel has. That way they can have their TV shows (Arrow, possible Flash spin off) fall in line with their feature films. Goyer and Snyder are just not talented enough to do it and Nolan has left to do his own thing with Interstellar. Although their reasoning for hiring Ben Affleck for the job of Batman may have something to do with that but not holding out until actual confirmation has been recieved.

    • Bob

      I hoping the same thing; maybe this means he might direct Justice League; and once he does, maybe he’ll become the architect of the DC universe.

      • GrimReaper07

        A part of me wishes he does direct the Justice Leage universe, but a part of me doesn’t. I think I’d rather he did his own things since the superhero genre is turning kind of stale and repetitive by now. The only two superhero movies I’m excited about are Ant-Man and Avengers 2.

      • Lex Walker

        I don’t think it’s safe to say the genre is going stale, I think this has just been a year of subpar superhero flicks (IM3, MoS, KA2). 2 of those properties are just out of steam and 2 of them were poorly made. Using a venn diagram figure out which movies are which.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah, but superhero films are following formula so closely that it feels like they’re starting to look and feel all the same. I actually liked IM3, but by the end of it I was feeling the superhero fatigue. I’ve liked plenty of superhero films of the last few years (excluding MoS), but looking back most of them feel too similar. I’m waiting for Edgar Wright to inject some much needed life to the genre.

        I’m also pretty sure the next trend will become videogame movies and I’m very excited for that.

    • Kevin

      I thought Geoff Johns had a similar role for DC. Maybe that was animation though, i can’t remember.

      • brett1368

        He did. Geoff Johns had more than a hand in the making of Green Lantern. We all saw how that turned out.

      • Kevin

        You can’t blame that movie on one person. It had five credited screenwriters. It was beyond saving.

      • AManWithAKilt

        You’re probably right in this instance but having a lot of screenwriters doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a bad film. Gladiator had three and the first Pirates had four.

        You can’t blame the writer’s for the terrible turd cloud design of Paralax either.

      • DNAsplitter

        And what a misfire Green Lantern has turned into for WB. It set them two steps back as they now have to reboot that franchise along with Batman. If Geoff Johns really is in charge then DC is in trouble as that film proved to be so mediocure and just plain terrible.

    • brett1368

      I think WB would do well if Affleck does for them what Whedon is doing for Marvel. Affleck is a good director and he knows his comics. His acting does nothing for me though, but that’s just my own preference.

  • HerbalHobgoblin

    He has to fix IM3 at some point…Yeah Black “wrote” and directed it..It was signed off on…Jarvis falling apart and Tony giving up his chest piece has to lead to something…that thing being Extremis..He will give up his body to stop Ultron..

    • Frederico Silva

      Spoiler alert D-bag

      • Kevin

        If you’re talking about Iron Man 3, that came out several months ago. If you haven’t seen it, too bad.

      • Frederico Silva

        Perhaps one does not have direct access to a theatre and perhaps one didn’t have the time to see it yet. This article is about Joss Whedon, Avengers and Thor. There’s no need to talk about Iron Man 3, if you want to, go find yourself a discussion thread and discuss spoilers all you want with people who have seen it. If you’re just d-bag by nature, too bad.

      • Kevin

        Ben Kingsley’s character is an actor, Guy Pearce is the real Mandarin, Pepper Potts gets Extremis and kills him.

      • Frederico Silva

        Sigh, you’re such a badass.. Too bad for you that I’ve already seen it. There some people who care about the others, and then there’s you. The a-hole who could die and no one would miss. Cheers mate ;)

      • Kevin

        Spoilers are not a bad thing. Shock value adds nothing to a film.

      • tanduck

        I really don’t know why someone reading this article, going to the comments section, and reading past “He has to fix IM3 at some point…” would go further if they haven’t already seen the movie. Are you heavily offended when someone says “snape kills dumbledore!” after this long?

      • Lex Walker

        There is a slight difference between a twist from a movie that’s only been out for 3-some months and isn’t even out on DVD and a twist from a movie that came out 3 years ago adapted from a book that came out 8 years ago. One has been the punchline of pop culture jokes for 8 years and one is still really only common knowledge to the people who saw the movie or spend time on pop culture websites.

      • Frederico Silva

        Thank you! That’s what I was saying, but these people just don’t get it..

      • Kevin

        The movie came out 4 and a half months ago. My statute of limitations on spoilers is up when the film is no longer in theaters.

      • FBO

        Snape kills Dumbldore?!?!?! Dammit, I was going to watch that tomorrow night!!

  • Rory Carter

    I still think that dc needs to bring in bruce timm the head of the cartoons to kinda set the stage for the JLA movie

  • Drake

    I think I’m the only one who wished Whedon was making a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog instead of a second Avengers movie.

    • cb

      Personally, i’d love to see Joss work on a sequel for Serenity, a continuation of ANGEL, as well as Dr Horrible . . . but i think the audience for Avengers probably gives it priority at this point.

      • Drake

        Honestly, I don’t like much of the work he did pre-Dr. Horrible. I never really got in to Angel or Buffy or any of those shows. I tried, but just couldn’t.

      • cb

        You were right to avoid Buffy (Demons and supernatural elements presented as metaphors for teenage angst). But Angel was incredibly dark and had excellent depth. One of my favorite themes? Evil is endless, whereas good only comes along once in a while, and almost always encounters a tragic end.

      • Drake

        I get the appeal, I totally do, I just feel like that sort of thing has been done better elsewhere.

      • Strong Enough

        u people need to let firefly just die

      • cb

        Umm . . . its already dead. Been that way for ages.

      • Strong Enough

        so let it stay dead and the characters with it

    • RiddleThemThis

      I personally wasn’t a big fan of the avengers, I preferred some of the standalone films. If Whedon went back to do his own thing, I can’t say I would miss him. People treat him like hes some sort of God and that Marvel has only come as far as it has because of him. They seem to forget the 5 films prior to the avengers were done without him and all of them set up a universe for him to play in.

      • Drake

        I did like The Avengers, but it’s not my favorite Marvel film. I think Captain America was better than it, and I think Shane Black topped them all with Iron Man 3. I’m interested in seeing what Whedon will do with the next Avengers, but I wouldn’t be upset if he announced tomorrow that he was exiting the project.

      • ML

        Avengers was miles better than IM3 and Cpt America. The first Iron Man was also a great movie. IM3 and CA were unimaginative genre pieces.

      • Drake

        I disagree. I think Iron Man 3 had the best character work in the series (I much prefer well written characterization and development than plot) and I thought the writing was stronger in Captain America.

      • lee

        No one’s saying Marvel’s nothing without him. But don’t forget how bleak the Avengers looked before he came along: Written by Elektra’s screenwriter, juggling over six main characters with such disparate powers/skills from tonally different movies. I was just praying it wouldn’t be a disaster. Even Whedon admits the film wasn’t perfect, but to me he practically pulled off a miracle.

        And he had a little involvement in the other movies. He’s the one who got Branagh to reconsider Hemsworth as Thor and he did some work on the Captain America script.

  • BookhouseBoy

    Hopefully, some day someone will develop technology that would allow people to share and rewrite text documents remotely so that writers don’t have to fly halfway around the world to do rewrites.

    Oh wait.

  • brett1368

    I don’t know how many rewrites Thor Dark World has or needs, all I know is I saw a few trailers for the flick and it looks great! Can’t wait!

  • Red Leader

    Too bad Snyder didn’t give Whedon a call.

    • bidi

      what if, by some loophole in his contract, Whedon was able to write Superman vs. Batman? i don’t think Collider would know what to do

      • Drake

        Be not completely depressed? I’m much more worried about Snyder’s take on Batman than I am Affleck donning the cowl.

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