‘Thor: The Dark World’ ‘Airlifted’ Joss Whedon In For Rewrites

by Brett White

It looks like Marvel’s taking that whole “overseeing all our movies” job they hired “Avengers” mastermind Joss Whedon to do pretty seriously. The job has been kind of downplayed in the past, seemingly amounting to not much more than showing Joss Whedonthe scripts for all of Marvel’s upcoming films to make sure they all coordinate with each other. This is the first report I’ve heard of Whedon actually stepping in and putting pen to paper for a non-“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” non-“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” project.

In a “Thor: The Dark World” feature piece in the latest issue of SFX, director Alan Taylor admitted that Whedon’s talents were put to use polishing up a few troubling scenes.

“Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times,” said Taylor. “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 [like Whedon], since that’s where I come from. And being able to land and work and solve a problem quickly… I really was grateful.”

This isn’t the only time Whedon’s been brought in for rewrites, though. Just last week, a rumor started circulating that Whedon was brought in to help out “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” latest scripts, as they apparently weren’t quite there yet. Of course that’s a rumor that comes from an unnamed source, whereas the “Thor” one comes from the director himself. If the tone of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” either becomes way clearer or way more muddled around episode six or so, then maybe there’s some truth in the rumor.

I don’t think any of this is cause for alarm, though. All movies and TV shows go through last minute rewrites and punch-ups; many a favorite “Buffy” one-liner or monologue came straight from Whedon despite the ep’s writing credit belonging to someone else. Let’s also not forget Whedon’s pre-“Buffy” rep as the best script doctor in Hollywood, helping to add wit to films like “Speed” and “Twister.”

One thing is for sure, though: this fall just got a lot more Whedon-y. “Thor: The Dark World” opens on November 8th, and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premieres on ABC on September 24th.

[via Thor Movies Tumblr]

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