Whedon Airlifted in to Save 'Thor 2'

thor2Theatrically, The Avengers was the best Marvel movie yet, but an attempt to rewatch it didn't go as smoothly. However, while my first impression of Thor wasn't over the moon, I've found it to be far more enjoyable on repeat viewings. That said, I'm mildly curious to see what Thor: The Dark World (or Thor 2 as everyone will refer to it) will have to offer. Today we learned one thing it will offer is more Joss Whedon that originally expected.

The screenplay was written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, but apparently director Alan Taylor was having some issues with a trio of scenes, an like an Avenger himself, Whedon was "airlifted" to the set to save the day.

Taylor tells of his heroics to SFX (via Comic Book Movie):

"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. 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."

I'm sure the scenes Whedon assisted on will become the source of blog posts immediately following the film's November 8 release or shortly thereafter, but for now just know that it seems Whedon is now viewed as the franchise's savior, but is it a franchise that even needed saving?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I had the opposite experience with the first Thor, I really liked it to begin with but now find it unwatchable. As for Whedon, he's definitely the man of the moment.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Not really big news, but if he improved them, then that's pretty good I guess. When will he return to the world of Firefly though?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/icerose/ cynthia dower

    I had much the same reaction. Avengers was fun first time around but I have never had the urge for a repeat vising but Thor has enough depth of character interaction to make it just as good the second time around. This is for me the only Marvel film I am really looking forward to. The clips imply it is more grounded in character interaction not to mention it has Christopher Eccleston as well as Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in it this time.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/topyxyz/ topyxyz

    Fortunately I didn't really have any problems rewatching The Avengers. In fact, after the seeing the documentary included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe I've liked it more.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Considering how poor the first Thor was, I am glad this one has some Whedon input at least. It might just save it from being awful.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    What's with the Thor hate? Brad and I are on the same page. Thor was great, probably the best of the Marvel series so far.