Joss Whedon is integral to the future of the Marvel movieverse. We already knew that, though, considering The Avengers made all of the money ever and he was the mastermind behind the new spin-off show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But if you've ever doubted Marvel's confidence in the writer/director/ubergeek, how about this: Marvel flew him to the set of Thor: The Dark World just to rewrite a scene for the movie.
Director Alan Taylor revealed the news to SFX magazine [via Screen Crush]:
Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times. 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.
Of course it's hardly rare for a new writer to be brought in while a movie is stlil shooting to punch up some element of the script that isn't working, so this treatment isn't exclusive to Whedon. However, it is funny to imagine that he's become this superhero to Marvel who can be dropped in and out of a warzone to solve a crisis.
And if you're worried that this is a sign that Thor: The Dark World is in trouble, don't be too concerned there, either. Marvel flying in Whedon to rewrite a scene or two just shows it is willing to do whatever it takes to make the movie the best it can be. Plus, if things were going poorly on the set of Alan Taylor's first feature film, it would be highly unlikely that he'd have landed the director's seat on Terminator 5. But he did. And so the optimist in us says not to worry.
Unless you happened to hate what Whedon did with The Avengers. If that's the case, Whedon injecting a bit of his flair into the next Thor movie may not sound too good. Either way, you can find out when the film hits theaters on November 8, 2013.
In case you missed the recent extended trailer for the film, watch it below.
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