Director Alan Taylor “airlifted in” Joss Whedon in when several scenes were not working in the Thor sequel.

When the upcoming Thor sequel needed a pep talk, Marvel called in Joss Whedon. Three scenes in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World movie were rewritten by Whedon at the last minute, at the request of director Alan Taylor. Taylor told SFX magazine, “[Whedon] basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something.” The Avengers director is well acquainted with the Asgardian hero and his brother-turned-nemesis Loki, and so was a perfect fit for reworking the script. Taylor says that after Whedon’s edits, “[the scenes] were just much better and much lighter on their feet. Much more fun, much more surprising than what we had been trying to do.” Once the rewrites were reported, Whedon expressed his disappointment on Twitter that no one mentioned his body doubling for Chris Hemsworth.

Taylor has previously directed episodes of the television series Mad Men and Game of Thrones. Thor: The Dark World follows the events of Thor and The Avengers, with Thor facing a shadowy enemy that threatens to destroy all the Nine Realms (Asgard and Earth included). Whedon has been hard at work on another Avengers related project, the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The series will follow agents of the secret military law-enforcement agency, with Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson from The Avengers movie. Whedon is well known for his television work, writing and directing the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and DollHouse.

Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters in the United States on November 8, 2013.


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