Over the summer Thor: The Dark World director, Alan Taylor caused a bit of a stir when he mentioned Joss Whedon, creative architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had provided some rewrites and a bit of new material for the film. This led frantic fans to believe the film wasn’t any good and Whedon was called in to fix it. Not so, corrects Kevin Feige, the overseer of the MCU and true master of the Disney/Marvel superhero franchise.
In an interview with Movies.com, Feige explains how Taylor’s comments were taken out of context and that all films within the MCU are provided with input from Whedon,
Some of Alan’s comments were taken out of context a bit. Joss [Whedon] is focused one hundred percent — and has been for the better part of the year — on Avengers: Age of Ultron. That being the case, we’ve been keeping him in the loop on all of the Phase Two movies leading up to it, primarily so he can know where all the characters stand when Avengers 2begins. That being said, thankfully, he is giving us his thoughts on… whether it’s early drafts of the movies or early cuts of the movies, and we’re squeezing every good idea we can get out of the time he’s not working on Avengers.
In the case of Thor: The Dark World, it wasn’t any more or less than it’s been on any of the other films. There were a few lines of dialogue here and there — I think in that Loki/Odin scene that we were talking about. [Also] in the scene between Thor and Loki on the Skiff going through Svartalfheim when they’re talking about their relationship. Joss helped out [on those scenes], they made it into the movie and are better for it.
When you think about it this all sounds like solid planning. If Whedon is in charge of the film where all these characters come together for a single purpose, then of course he should be briefed about where they are in their solo films as well as be allowed–nay, expected to add ideas that will better connect them with Age of Ultron. Consider any lingering concern of mine gone, not that I was all too worried given Thor 2‘s glowing early reviews.
Though the mention of additional Loki scenes piques my interest even more. Taylor had also revealed Tom Hiddleston was called back to set for more shooting as Loki’s role in The Dark World was expanded. One of these additional scenes is between Loki and his adopted father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Feige elaborates,
I will tell you it was a combination of things. The scene with Loki in chains being led towards Odin at the beginning of the movie was one of the additional photography scenes, and it actually came about for a couple of reasons. I was reading the tie-in comic and they had that scene in it. I get all the comics when they’re published — I flip through some of them, and I was flipping through that one and I went, ‘Holy crap — this has got to be in the movie!’ It’s slightly different in the comic than it is in the movie, but I thought this has to be in the movie. So I called Tom [Hiddleston] and we talked about his availability, and we said we were gonna do this scene. So he goes, ‘Remember, I pitched you that scene. Months ago!’ Well, I did not remember, but I believed him, and I’m happy for him to take credit for it because he does an amazing job in the movie.
Not shocked at all to learn Hiddleston suggested extra Loki scenes. And not for a selfish desire to play the character more and get more screen time – all right, maybe it’s a little of that – but because Hiddleston has a great understanding and love for that character. (He’s Loki’s biggest fan!) And it’s a large factor in why Hiddleston’s Loki is the breakout star of this franchise.
Have any fears you held about The Dark World been eased by Feige? Excited for even more Loki?
Thor: The Dark World opens next weekend, November 8th.