Joss Whedon has skills. It is known – especially in the Marvel universe. So it is no surprise that Alan Taylor, Director of Thor: The Dark World, turned to Whedon when he needed assistance to make a few scenes work. In the current issue of SFX magazine, he said Whedon made things better:
“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 makes me happy to know that Marvel has a person on hand to help out when necessary. Having a unified voice connects the Marvel films and makes them feel more real. The fact that said person is Joss Whedon is just icing. Delicious chocolatey icing.