It’s fitting that Joss Whedon is the overseer of Marvel‘s superhero movies; the guy comes off as a superhero himself when it comes to rewriting scripts. About a week ago, we reported on a rumor that Whedon had ordered rewrites on several episodes of his show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and some recent comments from Thor: The Dark World‘s director, Alan Taylor seem to confirm that Whedon has a knack for rescuing scripts he deems unfit for the Marvel’s CU.
In an interview with SFX magazine, Taylor had the following to say regarding the situation,
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.
Wow, Whedon is becoming as legendary as the Marvel superheroes, but you’d be hard pressed to say that he isn’t earning it. I’m not entirely sure why they flew him to where they were filming (they didn’t have a phone?), but it admittedly makes the story that much more badass. I think that, with Taylor’s reaction to Joss’ rewrites, we can rest easy if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s rewrite rumor was true; Whedon saved the day. For those that don’t yet know, or forgot, Thor: The Dark World is due out November 8th, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be premiering on ABC this coming Tuesday, (Sep. 24th, 8 p.m. ET.).